Paul's Passing Thoughts

Acts Lesson 35

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on September 27, 2014

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  1. Carmen S. said, on September 28, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Tyndale’s version agreeing with the Greek rendering of this verse is very important. All the online commentaries (reformed and non-reformed) focus on the definition of the word “ordained”. Only one commentary that I am aware of seems to be upset over the order in which the words could appear in the verse.

    R. C. Sproul
    Many come to this text and try to skip over it or try to change it to read, “As many believed, God appointed to eternal life,” but the appointment here is the appointment to believe. A classic work on the book of Acts was written in the nineteenth century by H. B. Hachett, a classmate of Oliver Wendell Holmes. About this verse Hackett said that there is just no other way to read it. Yet commentaries create a variety of slants on this text and do funny things with the context and syntax of the Greek to change the clear meaning. You cannot get away from it. That is what Luke wrote, and that is what Luke meant.


    • paulspassingthoughts said, on September 28, 2014 at 6:25 PM

      Somebody correct me if I am wrong, but the context of the verse is not individual pre-selection for salvation. The context is Jew versus Gentile. The context focuses on the Gentiles going to the synagogues, and what the apostles were teaching in regard to them: they were no longer mere proselytes, but joint heirs with the Jews themselves.


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  3. paulspassingthoughts said, on September 28, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Dave Hunt contends that the first 15 chapters of Acts were written in Hebrew and if you reverse the Greek to the Hebrew accordingly, it reads something like…
    “Those who believed were ordained to eternal life.” Apparently, something found in the Dead Sea scrolls leads some to believe this about Acts 1-15, but I am having trouble confirming it.


  4. Andy said, on September 29, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Do not overlook the fact that τεταγμενοι is in the participle mood making it an adjective. It is not performing the action but describing a “how” or “to what extent” aspect of something that happened. Being in the nominative case, it is functioning as a predicate adjective, describing the subject as something that “is”, a “state of being”, rather than as an action performed on it. This is indicated by the irregular verb εσαν which is a linking verb, translated “were”. So “ordained” as it were is not an action but rather is indicative of a particular “set” or “group”. “The ordained”. Again, this is similar to Matthew 22:14, “For many are called but few are chosen”, where “called” and “chosen” are not verbs but rather predicate adjectives identifiing a set “the called” and a particular subset within that set, “the chosen”.


    • paulspassingthoughts said, on September 29, 2014 at 11:08 AM

      I would like to mention Romans 8 as well where the CALLED are justified. But obviously, that doesn’t mean every called person is “chosen.” So obviously, the “called” is a group that is predetermined/elected IN Christ (Eph 1:4). In Romans 8, ALL that are called are also glorified, but in Matthew 22, not all of the called are chosen. That can’t be reconciled from an individualistic viewpoint. In ALL major texts dealing with election, the subject is Jew and Gentile. I don’t have my mind around it yet, but a good start is Ephesians one. We are “sealed” WHEN we believe, but the group is sealed before the foundation of the world (Romans 8).


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