Thursday, October 11, 2018

Paul warns us to NOT go beyond “what is written”

Paul admonished the Corinthians to NOT go beyond “what is written.”

So why do counter-missionaries feel it’s okay to quote Talmud at every turn?

1 Corinthians 4:5. Therefore pronounce not judgments before the time, (or) until Master YHWH comes,[1] who will pour light upon the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the thoughts of (men’s) hearts: and then will each one have (due) praise from Elohim.

6. These things, my Brothers, I have stated concerning the person of myself and of Apollos,[2] for your sakes; that, in us, you might learn not to think (of men), above what is written; and that no one might exalt himself in comparison with his fellow, on account of any person. 7. For who has seen into you? Or what have you, which you did not receive? And if you received it, why do you brag as if you did not receive it?


[1] This passage is another example of where being able to separate MarYah (YHWH) from Maran/Mari (Y’shua) becomes highly desirable over Greek, which confuses the Two with the same word “kurios.”

While it is true that Mashiyach is the light of the world, this powerful passage reminds us that Mashiyach’s power comes from His Father YHWH. This distinction also highlights the original Jewish nature of the older Aramaic text.

[2] “Person”, or in Aramaic parsopa, which can be translated also as “face” or “presence.” This is a critical term; had the Christian theology of “the Trinity” been correct, we would see this word used in connection with a “Godhead.” However, this is never the case; nowhere is this found in all of the original NT.

Instead, the word used is qnoma, which is defined as an occurrence of a nature, retaining the same core substance of that nature. As such, you may have three qnomeh, but only ONE divine nature. When we understand this, the relationship between Father and Son becomes understood more like the relationship of limbs of a body to the mind (Exodus 6:6, Isaiah 53:1).

Limbs are directed according the will of the mind. The divine side of the Son is not separate from YHWH; “he” is the arm of YHWH, and the Word that YHWH directed (spoke) to create the universe.

Continuing with 1 Corinthians 4:

8. Now you are yourselves full, and enriched; and, without us, are on thrones! And I wish you were enthroned; that we also might reign with you. 9. But I suppose that Elohim has placed us Shlichim in the last (position), as if condemned for death; since we have become a spectacle to the world, to Messengers and to men.

10. We are fools, on account of Mashiyach; but you are wise in Mashiyach! We are weak; but you are strong! You are praised, we are hated. 11. Up until this hour, we hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no permanent home:

12. And we toil, working with our own hands: they defame us, and we bless: they persecute us, and we endure it: 13. They revile us, and we beg to them: we are as the filth of the world, and the expiation for all men, up to this time. (AENT)

This endless persecution of Yeshua and anyone who believes him to be THE Messiah, is just as real today as it was when Paul admonished the Corinthians to NOT go beyond “what is written!”

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