The first marker I saw was “by”. This is instrumentation. Paul was an apostle of Christ not by his choice, not by the choice of the other apostles, not by the choice of the Church, rather by the will of God. The means by which Paul was made an apostle was the will of God. If you look at the list of questions associated with instrumentation you will see:
- What is meant by the end or purpose, and what is meant by the means?
- How does the means serve as an instrument(s) for realizing the end?
- Why does the author use this instrumental relationship?
- What are its full implications?
- If you look at the definition of Instrumentation, you will see:
In this case the end was Paul’s apostleship. The means was the Will of God. What questions does that raise for you?
It raises several for me. For instance:
- Did Paul get a vote in this matter?
- What does this tell us about the actions of the other apostles in choosing Matthias?
- How did this means empower Paul’s ministry?
Typically we breeze by these opening words to get to the good stuff. There is some good stuff right here.
Structure helps us observe it. It slows us down.
Posts in this series:
The Influence of Structure