(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 so that I (and others dedicated to Him; living disciples) could-would be like Him in many ways: We stand here in spacetime, in His stead. Each post-Resurrection generation of humans, has nestled within them, a tiny but vital peppering of people (now globally) who are disciples of Messiah Yeshua. You can tell by our lifestyles; we live for the King, not for the world; we're not capitalists, consumerists, political or economic.
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)
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-Propitiation, the temple is summarized in the physical body, the only container of/for the Holy Spirit (at least, while in this particular corporeal state). I'm a walking harbinger and host of YHVH-Spirit; the Indwelling Holy Spirit (Rom 8:9-11). So are all other individuals (past; present; future) who have surrendered unconditionally unto the supreme and eternal Lordship of Messiah Yeshua, and died to this life, so they can be reborn (born-again) as Spiritual. 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 we as bond-servants do not own ourselves (Gal 2:20), everything we do with our bodies is a reflection of our (Love and thus) care for the temple of YHVH: e.g. the Messiah Diet. 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 in the cosmos, all of which are still the property of YHVH, Creator of all.
The resurrected few will be only those who demonstrate, in the here and now, a dedication to a Messianic discipleship; that's what we are here for! 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. 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 monetized for mammon ($), unabashedly.
Buy contrast, church businesses were/are mere production$ 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 Ellicott's arrogant assumption that all oracles are, of course, public preaching in the Church. Not! But this comes from his clearly limited perspective. The statement quoted is yet 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 that exposes us to us.
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.
Christus Victor (Theopedia) ~ Christus Victor (Wikiwand) ~ Christus Victor (Fuller.edu) ~ Constantine the Great and Christianity (Wikiwand) ~ Christology (GAMEO)
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