People who are able find joy in their faith and trust in God are less likely to abandon it in the face of trouble. That is why the overarching tone of the letter is one of encouragement. Thus, in many ways Paul’s message climaxes when he proclaims, “I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me” (Phil 4:13). This verse has become one of the most commonly shared among the modern Christian community, as its message of unwavering trust and an omnipotent God comforts those in times of hardship. At the writing of this letter, Paul is conscious that he appears weak. Yet in this moment of weakness, he becomes fully aware of Christ’s power resting upon him. At Paul’s weakest, he was actually at his strongest due to Christ. Christians in similar situations can look to Paul’s steadfastness in Christ during his time of hardship as an example for their own action. The letter insinuates that God will not give his children more than they can handle. Servants were intended to go through struggles, but they will be rewarded for believing in the strength of the Lord with eternal
Romans 1:8-15 Original Meaning: Moo states Paul opens his letter giving thanks to God as letters in time period often opened to giving thanks to the gods. He also states Paul hesitates in being too bold and writes more with a sense of humility as he is trying to get their acceptance of him and win them over to his teaching, fully understanding he is not the one responsible for their conversion. Paul begins this section with the word ‘first’. He does not follow with a ‘second’ in this letter so the word first is not to signify an order but a priority in Paul’s life in giving thanks to God. Paul claims to serve the gospel with his whole heart/spirit and is so caught up in this spirit it has transformed who he is. When Paul states his wish to “impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong”, it is not clear what he means. He may mean one of his spiritual gifts he wishes to use when he reaches them, or it may mean a blessing he
New International Version. [Colorado Springs]: Biblica, 2011. BibleGateway.com. Web. 3 Mar 2011. Accessed 22 April 2014.
“For this reason”, “is an expression that is repeated from verse 1 when Paul was about to pray. He then broke off before finishing the sentence in order to elaborate on the mystery, the body of Christ, and on his ministry of dispensing the mystery. ” Paul shows us the message of Christ through demonstration and oral delivery. He demonstrates prayer by praying for our spiritual well being. Then goes on to explain what prayer is and why it is key aspect of our relationship with God. We are God’s chosen people, we are called to know him more and the way we do that is through spiritual interaction with Christ. In Ephesians 3, Paul emphasis’s on unity. Unity with Christ and the church, we are joined together through Christ and with God’s spirit working through us we are able to grow and share the good news. Being one requires us each to be active in the body. As believers and children of God we are one part of the body and each part plays a specific role. The actions of each part affect all the others, good and bad. The key theme of this passage is explained in Ephesians 3: 17 “I pray ...
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version (ESV) is adapted from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.