Mar
2017

The Greek word “diastole”

Limited to Rom. 3:22; 10:12; 1 Cor. 14:7, the Greek noun “diastole” meant “difference” or “distinction.”  Paul is the only New Testament writer to use this term, and in Rom. 3:22 and 10:12 he affirmed there is “no distinction” between Jews and Gentiles.  Both Jew and Gentile are guilty of sin (Rom. 3:22), and both have access to salvation through Christ (Rom. 10:12).  When writing to the Corinthians (1 Cor. 14:7), Paul used this term to affirm there is a “distinction” between musical instruments.