wross at farmerstel.com
Thu Dec 16 14:38:50 EST 1999
The term "reconciled" APOKATHLLAXEV does not have the same sense as in
"reconciled" in English. Etymologically it comes from tearing down a wall.
The sense is that one person tore down their side of the wall, not that two
were reunited into unity. Hence...
2 Cor 6:
18 And all things are of God, who **hath reconciled** us to himself by
Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not
imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of
20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you
by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, **be ye** reconciled [tear down your
side of the wall] to God.
21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we **might
be** [subjunctive] made the righteousness of God in him.
6:1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye
receive not the grace of God in vain.
We see the same in Romans 5:
10 For if, when we were enemies, we **were reconciled** to God by the
death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we **shall be saved** by his
As to Colossians, the whole language used in the passage is one of building
"if you continue...grounded...settled...not being moved away..."
In his summary, he uses the subjunctive about his presenting, showing that
he does not consider it a "done deal" but the fruit of his labors of
faithful announcing, warning and teaching...
28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all
wisdom; that we may present [PARASGHSWMEN] every man perfect in Christ
And how could Paul speak confidently of their future not "moving away"
since he said that many would!
So, EI is "if" and definitely not "since."
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