By John Hagee
In Avengers of Blood the dramatic clash among historical Christianity and old heresies parallels the resurgence of Gnostic and pagan ideals within the overdue 20th century below the guise of the hot Age flow. the plot additionally offers with social issues--such a baby abandonment, sanctioned through Roman legislation in a manner that may contact the hearts of pro-life Christians today.
As the tale maintains, published from his exile on Patmos, the apostle John units out to carry his apocalyptic writings to the seven church buildings of Asia. however the aged apostle's protege, Jacob turns clear of his name to the ministry with a view to search revenge on his family's persecutor.
His sister Rebecca, needs to confront her emotions for the unbelieving legal professional employed handy her past due father's property. Will she stick to her middle or sacrifice like to persist with God's will? Rebecca's illegitimate son, Victor, is destined to develop into a revered pastor who needs to conflict enemies either in and out the church.
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The Kingdom. 2 The Meaning of the Saying The images of putting off garments and of making the two one have a long history in anthropological discussions among Greek philoso phers. Documents from the Orphic/Platonic tradition frequently speak of the captivity of the soul in matter as the result of its "put ting o n " the body. The earliest use of the metaphor appears in a fragment of Empedocles (5th c. B C E ) , " ( A female divinity) clothing 24 Form and Meaning 14 (the soul) in the unfamiliar tunic of flesh," and it became philo sophical commonplace in later Platonic tradition.
27) b For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ c have put on Christ. (28) d There is no Jew or Greek, e There is no slave or free. f There is no male and female. g For you all are one in Christ Jesus. 4) Pauline redaction includes: a) All o f lines " a " and " g . " i) Both lines are grammatically identical to 1 Thess 5:5, 10 Bouttier, "Complexio Oppositorum," 11. For evidence of this dependence see the discussion of Eduard Lohse, Colossians and Philemon (Hermeneia; Philadelphia: Fortress, 1971) 182.
Sexual equal ity as expressed in the Dominical Saying resulted from a return to primordial androgyny in a baptism regarded as putting off the body. In its denial of sexual differentiation the saying spoke o f the individ ual soul's achievement of the divine image, immaterial and sexually unified. Paul, however, subtly altered the wording o f the saying and profoundly altered its ethical consequences. As it now stands, the denial of social divisions in Gal 3:28 is the apostle's own original declaration and not an echo o f a more socially egalitarian tradition still audible in spite o f Paul's attempts to muffle it.