Paul’s Letters

Galatians* Who: Paul (authorship undisputed) Where: Asia Minor When: c. 48 Why: To warn against legalism and defend justification by faith as well as Paul’s apostolic authority. Short Outline • Paul’s defense (1-2) • Justification by faith (3-4) • The Christian life (5-6)

Philemon: A Case Study of New Life in Christ (Part 2)

What do we learn about Onesimus? Paul calls Onesimus his child, as he often does with converts, especially, it seems, those whom he had a special connection with through discipleship (cf. 1 Cor. 4:14-15; 2 Cor. 6:13; Gal. 4:19; Phil. 2:22; 1 Tim. 1:2). Onesimus, had a common slave name, his name meant “useful.” Paul […]

Philemon: A Case Study of New Life in Christ (Part 1)

We see in Paul’s letter to the Colossians[1] that Christians are to put on the new self with new practices, new characteristics. And Paul tells us about the unprecedented unification and reconciliation that happens in Christ between all sorts of different people. Paul says, “there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, […]

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