2760Re: [Synoptic-L] THE CHRISTOLOGY OF ACTS
- Jun 30, 2010If a watchman sees the enemy and doesn't sound the warning call, then he
is guilty of whatever blood is spilled by the enemy. But if he sounds
the alarm, then he has discharged his duty faithfully and he is not
guilty of anyone's blood. It is this special circumstance that is being
highlighted in the speech. Paul watched out and warned the Ephesians
and now the Ephesian leaders need to watch over and warn their flock.
The purchasing power of Christ's blood is certainly different both in
substance and metaphor from that of the Ephesians. In substance because
Christ's blood represents death, while the Ephesians blood represents
their lives. Christ's blood represents His death because He has died,
and as for the Ephesians - blood is a symbol for life only in the living.
Is the juxtaposition significant, incidental, or accidental? Which ever
of the three it is, the two types and functions of blood in the passage
are contrasts cannot be mapped to the semantic object simply because
they are different.
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