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BookRev-18:Chosen People are the Nation of Priests that are Shadow to Royal Priests - 5. Not all the Jews were immoral. The Jews, who were leading an honest and hardworking life, with the fear of God in their hearts, were the people which the Christ Jesus chose as His close-circle twelve Labourers. Whereas, the arrogant Jews of flesh were too proud of the "letters" of the moral laws of Moses to absorb the "spirit" of God that the Christ Jesus came to pour out in abundance.
In the New Testament, "letters" are analogised to "old wine" and "spirit" to the "New Wine". So, those who were drunk with the old wine of the "letters", like the present University Professors, they could not take the New Wine of "spirit" on top of it and it was for this reason that the Christ Jesus did not choose any Pharisee or Sadducee as His close-circle Labourer but the ordinary working class men with the inclination towards God. The fruit that clever Judas Iscariot, a man of "letters" well-versed in many languages and disciplines, bore is well-known to us.
The Christ Jesus summarised the situation in Thomas Logo 28: Jesus said, "I took My place in the midst of the world, and I appeared to them in flesh. I found all of them intoxicated; I found none of them thirsty. And My soul became afflicted for the sons of men, because they are blind in their hearts and do not have sight; for empty they came into the world, and empty too they seek to leave the world. But for the moment they are intoxicated. When they shake off their wine, then they will repent".
Typical example of a person who was drunk with the old wine of "letters" was "Saul" who later on became Apostle "Paul". Saul was an ardent student of Rabbi Gamaliel, an old scholar of the Scriptures, which is called Milk for the Babies. He obeyed the moral laws of Moses by the "letters" and un-like the other Jews of flesh, he did perform acts in accordance with the moral laws of Moses. For devotion to God, he was leading a celibate life and, therefore, there was no question of immorality with him.
Thus, Saul was morally good and had great inclination towards God but he was drunk blind with the old wine of "letters". Because of his clean heart and devotion towards God that the Christ Jesus came into his life and shook off his old wine of the "letters" through the Damascus miracle of Lightening. The degree of blindness that the "letters" had caused in him towards "spirit" is best sensed through the thickness of scales that came off his eyes. For Saul, it was a new birth in "spirit" and, therefore, in honour of the Christ Jesus he changed his name from "Saul" to "Paul".
Taking into consideration the above, the present theologians of "letters" in the universities and colleges are doing a great deal of harm to the Christianity of Jesus by producing the blind "Sauls" drunk with the old wine of "letters" of both the old and the New Testaments and thus creating a far greater spiritual blindness than that which St. Paul had experienced.