An Alphabetical Analysis
Volume 9 - Prophetic Truth - Page 192 of 223
that is another matter.  The oikoumene was evidently once under the
administration of angels, for it is written:
'For unto the angels hath He not put in subjection the world to come,
whereof we speak' (Heb. 2:5).
This kingdom which includes Babylon, Persia, Egypt, Greece and Rome is
especially in view in the book of the Revelation.  There we see the monster
that symbolizes ultimate Gentile rule, receiving from the 'dragon' his
'power', his 'throne' and his great 'authority', and as a consequence, the
world 'worshipped the Beast' (Rev. 13:2 -4).  What the Saviour rejected, the
antichristian Beast accepts.  Here then at one end of the story, we see the
kingdoms of this world being delivered to the Usurper, and at the other end
of the story, the rightful Heir, and King of kings, is seen delivering the
kingdom at last unto God even the Father.  The first enemy of man was 'death
by sin', the last enemy to be destroyed is death because of righteousness.
The next step in our study is to observe the usage of this word
paradidomi as it points out the evil, and the blessed overruling that
delivers the redeemed from the authority of darkness.  The failure of the
nations in the light of Creation follows much the same course as did Adam at
his fall, Romans 1:19 -23, and this fall is followed by a threefold 'giving
up', paradidomi:
'Wherefore God also gave them up ... gave them up ... gave them over'
(Rom. 1:24,26,28).
The word 'also' indicates that the nations had previously given up God,
and this 'delivering up' was judicial.
The theme now takes a blessed turn, for the Greek word paradidomi is
employed to show how the redemptive work of Christ undid the work of the
Devil.  While the omnipotence of God is abundantly manifest in the
Scriptures, it is a glorious fact that His almighty power is subservient to
His Holiness.  We should rejoice that there are some things God 'cannot' do.
He cannot lie; He cannot deny Himself; He cannot look upon iniquity with
anything but aversion.  Had 'might' been the only rule, God could have swept
the Devil into limbo at one stroke, but 'right' pointed out another way.  God
Himself, by reason of His holiness must conquer only by moral means, and in
such a way that Righteousness is honoured.  Consequently between the
'delivering up' of the kingdoms of this world to Satan and the 'delivering
up' of the perfected kingdom by the Son to the Father, intervenes the
Mediatorial work of Christ.  He must be 'delivered up'.  Paradidomi is
translated 'betray' (Matt. 10:4; 17:22); it is also translated 'deliver', in
such phrases as 'deliver Him to the Gentiles' (Matt. 20:19), and in the claim
made by Christ, 'all things are delivered unto Me of My Father' (Matt.
11:27).  Peter uses it when he charged the people of delivering up and
denying the Lord in the presence of Pilate (Acts 3:13).  There is, however,
another side to this aspect of truth.  The Father Himself 'delivered up'
(paradidomi) His beloved Son on our behalf.  The same epistle that tells us
that the nations were 'given up' by God, reveals the Son was 'given up' by
the Father:
'He that spared not His own Son, but Delivered Him Up for us all, how
shall He not With Him also freely give us all things?' (Rom. 8:32).
'Who was Delivered for our offences' (Rom. 4:25).