Can someone clarify this statement by Paul?
(Gal 4:13-14 NRSV) You know that it was because of a physical infirmity that I first announced the gospel to you; though my condition put you to the test, you did not scorn or despise me, but welcomed me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus.
So did Paul believe that Jesus was some kind of angelic being? The statement looks pretty clear and blunt, that if I wasn't familiar with the different views of Christ from the gospels what I would extract from this passage is that Jesus was an angel or was believed to be one. I would not have to read between the lines at all, it's plain to see.
So I wonder if anyone here can shed some light on this? I guess one question would be 'Would have the people reading this believed Jesus was the
Son of God, and this talk of Jesus as an angel been a manner of speaking from Paul? Or would they not have believed he was the Son of God yet at this point?' (Just realized, Paul uses the term 'Son of God' I think referring to Christ in Galatians. I was originally asking if people thought he was God at this point, so let's go back to that.)
But really, any light anybody can shed on this subject would be greatly appreciated.
Edited by J.J. Morris, 10 December 2014 - 06:33 AM.