Why Akathleptos?

Why Akathleptos? Because it means Uncontainable. God is infinite. Hence, the whole universe cannot contain Him. The term also refers to the incomprehensibility of God. No man can know everything about God. We can know Him personally but not exhaustively, not even in Heaven.

Why Patmos? Because the church is increasingly marginalized and exiled from the culture.

Why Pen-Names? So the focus is on the words and not who wrote them. We prefer to let what we say stand on its own merit. There is precedent in church history for this - i.e., the elusive identity of Ambrosiaster who wrote in the 4th century A.D.

“Truth is so obscured nowadays, and lies so well established, that unless we love the truth we shall never recognize it." Blaise Pascal

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Gnaw On This

As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me. (John 6:57)

The Greek word used for "feeds" here is very blunt and has the sense of "chewing" or "gnawing." His listeners must have been stupefied. It is the same Greek word used in John 6:54 where Jesus proclaims, "Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day." The use of such strong language is why early Christians were accused of cannibalism (i.e., Minucius Felix, Octavius ch. 9, 2nd or 3rd century).

Modern English translations are reluctant to use such graphic language, perhaps so as not to arouse strong adverse reaction. But vigorous reaction on our part is precisely what is needed here and what Jesus wants. Once we truly grasp the hopelessness and helplessness of our fallen condition, rather than a polite and reserved "partaking", we will claw our way to Jesus and gnaw hungrily on His atoning, life-giving sacrifice. The picture is of a starving pitiful man at the point of death desperately and voraciously chewing on life-giving, raw flesh and blood - not of a refined gentleman in a coat and tie in his Sunday-morning best in comfortable pews, gently and quietly partaking of a wafer and a sip of grape juice accompanied by pleasant background music.

Chew voraciously and gnaw on Christ's atoning sacrifice. It's your only realistic deliverance out of the madness and chaos of this fallen world; everything else is hopelessly futile.

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