In die Skriflig
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BREED, Douw G.. Mēden diakrinomenos in Acts 10:20 as entscheidenden Wendepunkt prescription of the Spirit. In Skriflig (Online) [online]. 2013, vol.47, n.1, pp. 1-9. ISSN 1018-6441.
It is generally accepted that the word διακρινόµενος in Acts 10:20 is used for the meaning 'hesitate/doubt' and therefore Peter is according to this verse, instructed to go with Cornelius's people 'without hesitation'. In this article, however, it is argued that the word διακρινόµενος is used for the meaning 'to distinguish' and that the Holy Spirit gives Peter and the Christian Church an entscheidenden Wendepunkt prescript with the words µηδέν διακρινόµενος. It is a prescript which indicates that a particular epoch has come to an end, namely the epoch in which Israel had to distinguish with regard to food and people. The prescript of the Spirit µηδέν διακρινόµενος also heralds a new epoch. In the new epoch, people do not need to become part of Israel before they can be accepted by God. This new epoch was brought about by God through Jesus Christ and his work of reconciliation. In the new epoch, God is no longer just the God of Israel; his Anointed is Lord and Judge of all people of all times. In this epoch all people from all nations who believe in Jesus Christ, receive forgiveness in his Name and all people who believe in him, are one.