Pauline Epistles

2 Corinthians 6

Unequally Yoked

The Context

The effects of Paul’s first letter were being felt in the assembly, although things were being rectified. Paul, as God’s coworker, urges the believers to use the grace of God to continue the cleansing process. The appropriate time for this is now, for it is the day of deliverance from sin and evil. Paul claims he is doing his part by living a blameless life, at great inconvenience to himself, so that his service will not be discredited.  

 

Questions Regarding Apostleship

1 Corinthians 7, Part 2

Chapter 7 of 1 Corinthians begins a new section of this epistle. In the first section, chapters 1 through 6, Paul answers questions raised by the household of Chloe. But in this section he answers the questions sent to him by the Corinthian church. There seemed to be three prominent questions Paul addresses: problems relating to marriage, problems involving things offered to idols, and problems concerning spiritual gifts.

 

Romans

Introduction to the Epistles

So far, we have discussed the historical section of the New Testament, namely the Gospels and Acts. We now turn our attention to the epistles, which could be termed the doctrinal section. Of the twenty-seven books of the New Testament, twenty-one are in the form of letters. Each writer, though inspired by the Spirit, leaves the impress of his own personality on his writings. For instance:

- Paul is the apostle of faith.

- Peter is the apostle of hope.

- John is the apostle of love.

- James is the apostle of works.

- Jude is the apostle of vigilance.

 

The New Testament is broken up into three groups of writings.

1. Nine Christian Church epistles (Romans – II Thessalonians)

Ephesians

Introduction

Ephesus was a great city in Asia Minor. She called herself the first city of Asia. Apart from Paul’s visit to Rome, this was the most important center visited by Paul. Ephesus was an important center commercially, intellectually, and religiously. She also boasted one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the glistening temple of Diana, who was the great goddess of the Ephesians (see Acts 19:43).

The history of the Ephesian Church can be traced in detail throughout the New Testament. Paul founded and established the church in Acts 19:20. The spiritual maturity and capacity of the church can be ascertained in that he fed them “strong meat” (see Ephesians 1:3-14). Moreover, this epistle warns against the conflict with evil spirits (see Ephesians 6:10). This was a real menace at Ephesus (see Acts 19:11-17).

Philippians

This was the first epistle ever written to a Christian Church in Europe. Paul’s visit to Europe, not ostentatious in character, had tremendous repercussions throughout the whole continent. His going there was the result of what we now know as the “Macedonian Vision,” described for us in Acts 16:9. The context clearly shows that it was God’s will for the Gospel to enter into Europe.

Philippi was a Roman colony. It was named after Philip, father of Alexander the Great (see Acts 16). Very few Jews lived at Philippi, probably because it was a “military colony,” rather than a “mercantile city.” This would account for the fact that the opposition Paul and his companions received was from the Philippians themselves.

Galatians

The Readers

Galatia was a Roman province in Asia Minor. It was populated chiefly by Gauls who emigrated from France in 300 B.C. They were a very impulsive, changeable people.

This probably accounts for their enthusiastic reception of Paul when he first came to them (see Galatians 4:14). “But ye received me as an angel of God, even as Jesus Christ,” and accounts no doubt for their sudden swing to “another gospel” (see Galatians 1:6).

1 Timothy

Of Paul’s epistles there can be made two divisions. These two divisions make up the prison epistles and the pastoral epistles. The prison epistles consist of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon, while the pastoral epistles include 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus. These are the latest of Paul’s writings and are dated towards the end of his life.

2 Corinthians

The Apostle Paul was the writer of this epistle. The epistle was written to the Church at Corinth, but is directed “to all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord” (see 1 Corinthians 1:2).

Sailing with Paul

Simple Papers For Young Christians

By H. A. Ironside

Loizeaux Brothers
New York

First Edition, March, 1937
Second Edition, April, 1938
Third Edition, July, 1943
Fourth Edition, May, 1944

“Fear not, Paul . . . lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.”—Acts 27:24

Introductory Paper

There are many lessons to be learned from a careful study of Luke’s account of Paul’s voyage to Rome. Taken literally, it shows us, in a wonderful way, the personal care of the Lord Jesus Christ for His beloved servant in a time of great stress and difficulty; while, looked at figuratively, it is a marvelous picture of the passage of the Church from Jerusalem to Rome.1

The particular incident recorded in verses 21-26 is that to which I especially desire to draw each young believer’s attention.

For long, weary days and nights neither sun nor stars had been visible. The captain of the ship was in despair; the mariners, hopeless. Then it was that Paul, “the prisoner of the Lord” how lovely a title—not of Caesar, nor of Rome, but of the Lord!), became the comforter of all in the ship, comforting them with the comfort wherewith he had just been comforted of God. For to him an angel of the Lord had appeared, standing by him, and saying, “Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.”

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