Questions for Jamin Hubner Re: Acts 2
These questions are based on our discussion in #prosapologian, as well as your ongoing posts at aomin.org. If your view point has changed since our discussion, please explain. Thanks!
v14 – 18 “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.”
v22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know—
v38 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.”
If there is no covenantal language, or connection, in Acts 2, why does Peter address the “Men of Judea” and “Men of Israel” rather than everyone?
Why does Peter even mention children at all in v38, and why the possessive language mentioning sons and daughters if they are not included in the covenant and if Acts 2 is not covenantal language?
24Now this may be interpreted allegorically: these women are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery; she is Hagar. 25Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia; she corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. 26But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother….
28Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise.
What are the two covenants mentioned here? What covenant, according to Paul in Galatians are Christians part of?
12remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
What are the “covenants of promise” mentioned in v12, and are Christians part of them now?
Finally, what is the relationship of circumcision to the Abrahamic covenant?