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The word is
"diatribe." And Paul uses this literary convention occasionally
in his writing. It is sort of a "verbal attack" on one's
opponents! Like when Paul is opposing false doctrine!
another Biblical term, "jeremaid," obviously coined after the
name of an Old Testament Prophet (Jeremiah), means about the
same thing as "diatribe." The Bible is a Book that stands it
ground, defending the Truth ... against all systems of
falsehood! A "jeremiad" is "a list of woes!" Almost "threats!"
Against blatant, rebellious sin.
But back to
"diatribe." The word has a Latin background. "Tribein" means "to
rub." And "dia" means "through." Hence, "to rub something real
hard until it has been sloughed away!" To rub it all the way
through, to obliterate it!
Paul feel that strongly?
1:8-9 provides a classic example. "But
though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto
you than that which we have preached unto you,
let him be accursed.
As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach
any other gospel unto you than that ye have received,
let him be accursed."
strong, folks, confrontational! "Accursed" as much as means "let
him die and spend eternity in Hell!" That's clearly a
"jeremaid," a "diatribe," for sure.
another instance. Again from Galatians.
"And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet
suffer persecution? I would they were even
cut off which
trouble you. For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty;
only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by
love serve one another." Galatians 5:11-13, where the
"issue" is circumcision. Which is NOT part of God's Plan of
salvation! But certain enemies of Paul and the Grace of God he
preached, these folks insisted that every "convert" to Christ be
"circumcised," all the men. The procedure, "circumcision,"
literally means a "cutting" all the way "around," pretty much
self-descriptive. And Paul is so opposed to anything spoiling
the Grace of God unto salvation that he wishes ... the
detractors themselves were "cut off!" The verb is "apokopto,"
Greek meaning "cut all the way off." Drastic suggestion,
sarcastic too! And definitely a "diatribe," or a "jeremaid."
I also think
First Corinthians 5:11, especially in its entire context, is a
"diatribe." Paul is warning the followers of Jesus there to
avoid certain kinds of people. He writes:
"But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man
that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an
idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner;
with such an one no not
to eat." Do not even eat with anyone from that
"Be ye not unequally yoked together with
unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with
unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?"
Second Corinthians 6:14
"Wherefore come out from among them, and
be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean
thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto
you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord
Almighty." Second Corinthians 6:17
I am so
thankful today that the Bible is "direct" in its instruction and
bold in its rebuke of false teaching!
diatribe, read this: "Ye are of your
father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He
was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth,
because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he
speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it."
Jesus Himself in John 8:44, to the Pharisees.
But if a man
or woman is truly saved, born again, this blessing is
therefore now no condemnation to them
which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but
after the Spirit." Romans 8:1
diatribe, "in Christ Jesus!"
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
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