When Paul was arrested in Jerusalem on f...
When Paul was arrested in Jerusalem on false charges, the Jews listened to his defense until he used the word "Gentiles." Then a riot broke out. This infuriated the Jews. Paul was called to preach to the Gentiles. Had Paul compromised with the Jews and stopped ministering to the Gentiles, he could have been spared a great deal of suffering was his point.
This idea is to be understood from the standpoint of the Hebrew concept of corporate personality as illustrated in Jesus' graphic statement concerning His church: "Why persecutest thou me?" Acts 9:4 Paul was killing Christians; but from Christ's viewpoint, Paul was killing him. There's that organic union that's alluded here.
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