Etymology Online: Oracle (n): A message from a god, expressed by divine inspiration," from Old French oracle "temple, house of prayer; oracle" (12c.) and directly from Latin oraculum "divine announcement, oracle; place where oracles are given," from orare "pray, plead" (see orator), with material instrumental suffix -culo-. In antiquity, "the agency or medium of a god," also "the place where such divine utterances were given."
Wiktionary: Oracle: A shrine dedicated to some prophetic deity. A person such as a priest through whom the deity is supposed to respond with prophecy or advice. A prophetic response, often enigmatic or allegorical, so given. A person considered to be a source of wisdom. A wise sentence or decision of great authority. One who communicates a divine command; an angel; a prophet. (Computing theory) A theoretical entity capable of answering some collection of questions. (Jewish antiquity) The sanctuary, or most holy place in the temple; also, the temple itself. Synonyms: priest acting as conduit of prophecy; a prophet. ~ (See also: Oracle: The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language)
(1Pe 4:10-11; Heb 5:9-14): If anyone speaks, let them speak as the oracles of Adonai! The English word translated into "oracle" varies in meaning a bit, depending upon the language one translates it from. But the general theme is clear, especially for all disciples: My Master was/is The Oracle; He orated pure truth concerning the sum reality of life. And my Master died (in part) so that I – and others dedicated to Him; living disciples – could-would be like Him in many ways (John 17).
Without the indiscriminate Love of YHVH, reigning within, the average human still remains little more than a mammal (John 6:53-58); it is our design paradigm or DNA! Consequently (and religious or not, churched or not), the Faithless-Godless-Loveless human masses (Matt 7:13-14), operate primarily from the primate-state, which is fear-paranoia, guilt-shame-condemnation, competitivism, adversarialism, domination, controlism, territorialism, dominion, hierarchy, class, and authoritarianism: These are the satanic traits-of-the-primates! And the power source or fuel is Mammon.
Rather than being at-one with everyone, they are not truly one with anyone, and thus, as far from the Cross of Christ as it is humanly possible (religious or not, churched or not). Even the religionists operate from the now normalized satan paradigm; that of personal empowerment through money hoardings. They are the mere byproducts of their enculturation; in this case, westernization and its subsequent mammon service. They exploit that (money-infused) power, to control or manipulate other humans, and in doing so, remain oblivious to a real, eternally enduring, egalitarian relationship. Those who need money to survive, remain the slaves of those who hand it to them (employers and such).
In that state of perpetual, relentless, primal-carnal us-against-them-ism and all the competitivism over money-dependency; the Spiritual blindness of the human masses, causes them to see all things from the confines of their enculturation (whatever that is), rather than from the mind of Messiah Yeshua (1Co 2:11-13,14-16); rather than from the Love of YHVH. Theology itself has become little more than a manifestation of academic competitivism, with bibliolatry itself as one fruit of that battle. However, stating the reality of oneness with Messiah Yeshua, being problematic, is nothing new (Mark 10:36-40,41-45).
We disciples of Messiah Yeshua, stand here in spacetime, in His stead: We disciples are the spouses; the bride of Messiah. Each post-Resurrection generation of humans, has nestled within them, a tiny but vital peppering of people (now globally) who are living Messianic disciples: You can tell by our/their lifestyles; we live for the King, not for the world; we are not capitalists, consumerists, political, military, or economic. We recognize all those things as human corruptions; our Kingdom (our reason for existence) is not even of this world (John 18:33-35,36-37).
The term oracle is just a title or an identifier that humans gave to others, whom YHVH used as earthly vessels and conduits of communication. They/we are inspired by the Indwelling Holy Spirit to speak and/or to write; to communicate the presence of, and heart and the will of YHVH. In each generation of humans everywhere, YHVH communicated with certain people, at differing times in their life-experiences, in the hope of bringing about a knowledge of YHVH, no matter what term was used or in what language as an identifier.
But a vital part of that communication, was/is an awareness of (the presence of) satan and his massive army of incorporeal demons, who have been faking this attempted relationship between YHVH and humans, by creating a mockery, via religions, to distort or replace any potential for a marriage-level, intimate and personal relationship with YHVH. Once the barrier of sin was removed from the equation, upon the Messianic Cross, satan and crew had to distort all things in yet other ways.
Even though the last few sentences of The Gospels is this (John 21:24-25): The bibliolatrous want/need others to believe that all YHVH wanted to communicate with creation, begins and ends with and in the bible; that this statement is mere hyperbole: Hardly! Especially once you fully understand the gospel of John from (roughly) chapters 14 onward to the end: That Messiah Yeshua was/is the Holy Spirit; that the Catholic theology of the Trinity is just a repackaged Polytheism, designed by satan as leaven in the proverbial lump (Mark 8:15; Luke 12:1-3; 1Co 5:4-8).
So why do they want this? Because they have adulterated the scriptures (2Co 4:1-4 nasb); they make mammon (because of and) from the very existence of God/bible (2Pe 2:1-3): They did and still do this, just as the Pharisees did with all their Holy writ; antiChrist hierarchical authoritarians, who create a thou shalt not law list, which they can, in turn, lord over other humans: That's satanic! Times change; from the times of Babel, cultures change in almost every way.
Therefore, YHVH had to use, and still does use, the (now Messianic) disciples of every generation, to be the living, present oracles of YHVH, so that the flow of information continues, in keeping with the context of these sweeping social and cultural changes. This does not attenuate what has already been written and published: The core-root of wisdom is scripture indeed; however, the scriptures are inspired by the same Indwelling Holy Spirit that is needed to understand them today (2Ti 3:14-17; Heb 13:8; James 1:17), regardless of who wrote them or when.
We humans are the Temple of the Lord (Matt 18:19-20; John 2:18-21; Acts 17:24; 1Co 3:16-17; 6:19-20; 2Co 4:6-11; Eph 2:19-22; 1Pe 2:4-5): The earthly temples of YHVH are no more! Post-Pentecost, the temple is summarized in the physical body, the only container of/for the Holy Spirit. It is impossible to respect the inanimate such as flags or land masses; respect is only possible for the living that can understand that you are respecting them, and most importantly, the self. You cannot Love others as yourself if you do not respect yourself (Mark 12:28-34). If you do not respect and Love that person in the mirror right now, you are not in the will of YHVH!
All disciples of Messiah Yeshua are living walking harbingers and hosts of YHVH-Spirit; the Indwelling Holy Spirit (Rom 8:9-11). Without YHVH-in-you, the gods of men will become the stars of your focus, and money the core of all considerations. Signs!
All individuals, past and present and future, who have surrendered unconditionally unto the supreme and eternal Lordship of Messiah Yeshua, and have died to this life so they can be reborn (born-again) as Spiritual, are the only true living disciples under The Lordship of Messiah Yeshua. Unfortunately, the bulk of the christianized world could not so much as define Lordship, must less does a Lordship define them!
Since our bodies are the property of YHVH, and the only Temple of YHVH, post-Pentecost, and, we as bond-servants do not own ourselves (Gal 2:20; 1Co 6:19-20), everything we do with our bodies is a reflection of our (Love and thus) care for the Temple of YHVH. We are merely the stewards of our flesh, just as we are merely the stewards of Earth, and in our long-term future, the stewards over other resources, throughout the cosmos that we'll be given control of, all of which are still the property of YHVH, Creator and Owner of all, everywhere and always.
Anyone who claims any land on this YHVH owned planet, will be cast into outer darkness. It is militarism that YHVH abhors the most: Patriotism and nationalism, colonialism and empire-building, are profuse and unabashed sin; a level of darkness unrivaled, and indeed, the precursor to all end time cataclysms. The Pentagon Paid Sports Teams Millions For 'Paid Patriotism' Events. It is Orwellian indeed!
To think that you own anything on Earth, is itself, a reflection of one's devout marriage-level commitment and devotion to satan and his dominating social and political and cultural productions. Only pacifists fight for freedom, by opposing the dominators and conquers and militants among us; all the westernized lordship roles are satanic at the core. Patriotism Is the World's Largest and Most Dangerous Cult.
This planet (all of it) belongs only to YHVH, and anyone who tries to justify, validate or rationalize colonialism, domination, conquering, landlordism, or empire, are Spiritually doomed, because they cannot be (and will not be) Resurrected into eternal bodies, and be the eternal workmen of YHVH. The most heinous and sinister of all humans on Earth, are the end-time antiChrist proprietors of a pharisaic Dominion Theology: And it comes from fake christianity, or Xianity and its Xians, satans most favored harbingers for his demon hoards.
YHVH entered into a human; Messiah Yeshua, to personally provide atonement for the world we live in. After all, YHVH created it, both the good and the evil, for YHVH is Sovereign and the only Creator-God; Monotheism summarized. But this is for a much bigger design plan: Us! No, we are not superior beings over other life-forms, and in fact, part of the observation plan, was to place us in the midst of other life-forms that we could gain dominion over, and see if we are the wise stewards of them or not: It's a part of the greater/grander test.
The purpose of that atonement was so that you and I could partake of it as a form of empowerment against the powers that seek to work against us; or more accurately, to work for themselves, which opposes YHVH: That is, satan and his demon army, working through the bulk of humanity, to do evil always (and why "hell on Earth" is even a slogan). You and I can then choose which path to follow, thus the sheep and goat analogy. YHVH is watching to see who will walk the dark side, and the light side.
Of course, we who walk in the light see all, but those in darkness are either oblivious to the fact that they walk in darkness, or they covertly like it (John 3:19-21; 8:12; 12:35-36,44-47; Luke 1:76-79; 1Jo 1:5-7; 2:8-11). Either way, we who walk in the light, use it to point the way for the Elect and infinitesimal few, who will be seeking it. First we die to self completely, and then we are Spiritually transformed and effectively resurrected; only the Spiritually resurrected will be (future) bodily resurrected.
The resurrected few will be only those who demonstrate, in the here and now, a dedication to a Messianic discipleship; a Love of all humanity; indeed, that's what we are here for! That's why Salvation (Yeshua) came to us! Salvation is not a belief-gift; a reward for believing in Jesus: Salvation is a calling and a destiny; hence, the infinitesimal and inconspicuous Elect of YHVH (Matt 7:13-14). But the self-righteous are driven by works righteousness, found only in religion-acts centered around the church-businesses and their respective rituals and rites and traditions, all of which are unabashedly monetized for mammon ($).
Buy contrast, church businesses were/are mere production$ of enculturation and tradition (Matt 15:1-4,5-9); one that Messiah Yeshua obliterated on the Cross (Matt 27:49-53; Heb 8:13; 10:19-25). Unlike communal sister-brotherhoods, the patriarchal dens of thieves which developed (Matt 21:10-13), were exposed to the light of/by my Master; the YHVH Monetizers or hypocrites (then and today) were brought into the light of pure truth. Satan responded to his assured doom (from the 1st to the 21st Century), by exploiting the pride-ego-emotions of men, as always, and they in-turn, built what is corporately known of as Christendom, via mammon (Luke 16:13-15; 1Jo 2:15-20).
If any man speak: Peter proceeds to speak of two particular forms taken by this manifold grace of God; (1) the power to speak; (2) the power to minister. The speaking is, of course, public preaching in the Church; and the man who does so is to do it "as oracles of God." Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers.
You can read from protestant bishop Charles Ellicott, his arrogant assumption that all oracles are, of course, public preaching in the Church. Obviously, this is not so, but from Chucks very limited micro-experiences, it might seem that way. Yet, the global human experience, over all times and cultures, is hardly represented in 19th Century urban Europe, and certainly not within the confined experiences of a churchman of the Church of England. But like all merely christianized people, he remained Spiritually blind, and this only exposed it, though he likely died, oblivious to such exposure.
Pharisees and Sadducees too, were religious professionals (authority in their own eyes), but they clearly did not speak for Messiah Yeshua; instead they opposed Him, and some even had Him assassinated! They were satans disciples, posing as the real thing. But Chucks assumption comes from his clearly limited cultural perspective; his micro-experiences; his confined enculturation, which is (itself) the evidence of Spiritual blindness; an assessment not from the Messiah minded.
The statement quoted is just another marketing scheme, perpetrated by the YHVH monetizers of the religion businesses (past; present; future) who in fact, have no clue what being a devout disciple of Messiah Yeshua would even look like. The religion businesses exist as a replacement to a daily dying discipleship, driven by Love-wisdom-humility; a distraction from facing YHVH-truth, which serves to expose us, to us! All of Christendom is a distraction from a living, communal, daily dying discipleship.
It is easy to claim that god saved you when you were not the one that died! The dead (obviously) cannot make such claims. In reality, far-far more people die in preventable deaths, than survive them: But the survivors have a voice. This is the warped logic of those who still believe in the active god theory; that god fixes things or moves things; that god helps them but not all the others. This is twisted scripture, which betrays the true corporeal nature of YHVH, and creates a false god product, witnessed mostly in christendom, as well as others from the Abrahamic religions.
This favoritism is egocentric (or satanic), not Holy Spirit centric. It is to make the assumption that god is on your side, when in fact, YHVH is on no individual's side (John 3:16-17), and even abhors competitivism, adversarialism, authoritarianism and hierarchy. If you hate (or oppose) any human, you hate YHVH too (1Jo 2:8-11)! These are the satanic traits; i.e. the antiChrists.
But YHVH is not powerless in the corporeal. We know that YHVH showed Self to Moses via a burning bush, rather than just as a person. This is because no one has seen (or can see) YHVH at anytime or anywhere; not while in the corporeal. But, at a special point in/of spacetime, YHVH had to take on human form, in order to interact with us human creations, to clear up all the confusion that came through (yep) the scriptures; that is, the wildly incorrect interpretations of them (i.e. all religions). But more; to provide needed propitiation (1Jo 2:1-2; 4:10-12), so that YHVH could occupy us personally and individually (John 17).
So, YHVH took on flesh (John 1:1-5,6-9,10-14), and we just call Him Messiah Yeshua, after what His mother named Him, and what everyone that personally knew Him, also called Him. This is still true today: We who Love Him, call Him Yeshua, whereas, the religionists; the westernized-christianized-monetized-industrialized, and others, call Him by what the Catholic scribes translated into the form, Jesus Christ. We, His present day disciples (the Elect of YHVH); we still call our Lord and Rabbi, Messiah Yeshua, out of simple respect. What a beautiful name it is, indeed!
We, the (infinitesimal and inconspicuous) Elect of YHVH; we know that our Redeemer lives; to us, Faith (Heb 11:1) is a verb; our future resurrection and life, is more certain to us, than you reading these words, right now, is a certainty or a reality to you. Consequently, we understand the great and awesome responsibility of being a disciples of Messiah Yeshua; what that means as we navigate in this YHVH owned and created world, and how that will play out, beyond this vapor-of-time corporeal experiment, we call life on Earth (James 4:13-16).
Thus, the power of YHVH should not be politicized nor monetized; such power is not a bargaining chip (Acts 8:14-19,20-24). My earthly identity is meaningless; my social position pointless; my possessions worthless. I'm a mere servant of a Master, and as such, I must continually decrease that He may increase (John 3:27-30,31-34). Who I am is irrelevant; what I do in the open service of my Master is all that matters.
The oracles of every generation, have the empowerment of the Indwelling Holy Spirit; the exact same power as all disciples had, and will have, from the 1st to the 21st Century; the last generations of humankind, who are living in front of, and under, and because of, Christus Victor, as it applies within the greater cultural context of the Constantinian shift.
Our hope is to see the christianized, and the unchristianized, radically converted (transformed) into living disciples of Messiah Yeshua, by our lifestyle-light (Matt 5:13-16). Those who are not truly seeking YHVH truth, but are only exploiting God (or the gods, or goddesses, etc.), must and will, turn away from any and all light (John 3:16-18,19-21; 8:44-45); it is destiny.