Writing – the written text, for centuries has been the tecnologial medium by which the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been globally spread throughout the world in which we live.
Regardles of the medium the physical written text of the Christian bible in its various forms or translations, reported to be the best known form of Christian Literature. There are so many different approaches to literally get the message out about our culture, circumstances or enviroment. From a simple leaflet, pamphlet, newspaper, magazine or letter to today’s websites, social media sites or basic news letters. then there is the medium of Television, video Cd or Internet Streaming the list is endless but the message is the same – we as believer are bombarded with information and even monitored by computer engineers and algorithem for our likes and dislikes in order to provide us with advertising or even what is know as ‘spam mail’.
It was not much different in the Apostle Paul’s day and culture, oh! the methods were different it took many day’s for a letter or manuscript to be delivered to its intended source but the written word was used to great advantage.
The Apostle Paul saw the relevance of the written word, since he himself wrote all of his letter, either himself or an amanuensis long before any of the synoptic writers even thought of writing the synoptic gospels, even before the Apostle John put scribe to parchment and wrote his book of Love the Gospel of John, his letters or indeed Revelation. Hosea in the Old testament was told to write the vision and Ezekiel was told to eat the scrolls. What ever we say ‘The Written Word is important to God’.
Fake, Fiction, or Fact?
The writer Robin Griffith – Jones outlines an interesting thought on pages 206-7 of his book ‘The Gospel According to Paul: The Creative Genius Who Brought Jesus to the World’ in (2004). This book, published by HarperSanFransico (Harper Collins Publishers) where he makes the statement:
‘Imagine Paul dictating a letter to an assembly and an assistant of Paul’s going of to deliver it. The letter is read aloud in the assembly – and then? In every case we are bound to wonder what happened next. Did the letter work? Did is lay anxieties to rest and reassert Paul’s position? Or did it lead to further misunderstanding and dispute? Our 2 Thessalonians gives the basis for an answer, but exactly what the answer is is not clear as it seems so far. Scholars have long wondered if 2 Thessalonians is really by Paul at all. it seems out of character; some of the language and style – and thought – does not match what we know of Paul’s. It is all the more striking, then, that 2 Thessalonians ends with an emphatic reassurance:
This greeting is in my own hand. Paul’s hand, which is the sign in every letter. this is how I write. The grace of our Lord Jesus Anointed be with you all (3;17-18)’Robert Griffith – Jones
the writer continues on page 207 bringing this thought to a conclusion stating -‘ ‘what muddy waters these are. It may never be possible to see clearly what happened. All the care Paul put into 1 Thessalonians, focusing his converts over an over on the Lord’s return, has poured fuel on an error whose flames it was written to douse. We have watched 1 Thessalonians unfold, its structure clearly marked by Paul. Everything looks toward the Lord’s return, and right at the end Paul concludes with a final roll on the same drum. He will hear its echo back from his converts, all to loud and clear.
An interesting conclusion and translation!