Paul

{THE LETTERS OF PAUL}

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{TO THE GALATIANS}
  1. Raised From the Dead - {PDF Copy} - (Paul anchors all that God has done for us in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, which also inaugurated the final age of fulfillment - Galatians 1:1-5)
  2. Controversy at Galatia - {PDF Copy} - (The issue at Galatia was whether Gentiles must be circumcised and keep some, at least, of the deeds of the Torah)
  3. Rescued from this Evil Age - {PDF Copy} - (Paul anchors all that God has done in the past death, resurrection, and exaltation of Jesus of Nazareth, inaugurating the messianic age – Galatians 1:1-5)
  4. Preaching a Different Gospel - {PDF Copy} - (The Judaizing faction in Galatia was preaching a message that deviated from the apostolic tradition and perverted the true Gospel – Galatians 1:6-12)
  5. Even an Angel - {PDF Copy} - (Paul warned the Galatians not to heed any Gospel that deviated from the one preached by him - even if it came from an angel)
  6. Preaching Another Jesus - {PDF Copy} - (Is Jesus still the slain Lamb, or has he become the roaring Lion of Judah hellbent on exacting payback from his enemies and those of the church?)
  7. Circumcision - Cutting Issue - {PDF Copy} - (If circumcision is no longer required, the jurisdiction of the old legislation has changed fundamentally)
  8. Justified From Faith - {PDF Copy} - (Paul presents the points of agreement and disagreement with his opponents in the assemblies of GalatiaGalatians 2:15-21)
  9. The Definitive Evidence - {PDF Copy} - (The Gift of the Spirit is the definitive evidence of who is his disciple and member of his covenant community, and who is not)
  10. The Spirit of Life - {PDF Copy} - (The Spirit of God imparts life, especially the everlasting life of which the Gift of the Spirit is the foretaste and guarantee)
  11. Having Started in the Spirit - {PDF Copy} - (The receipt of the Spirit while in an uncircumcised state is irrefutable proof that Gentiles are accepted by God AS GENTILES)
  12. Spirit - Evidence of Sonship - {PDF Copy} - (The Gift of the Spirit among the Galatians demonstrates they are the sons of God and the heirs of the Covenant promises)
  13. Doing the Whole Law - {PDF Copy} - (Anyone who is under the Law is obligated to keep all its required deeds and rituals, and therefore, risks coming under its curse)
  14. The Promise of the Spirit - {PDF Copy} - (The promise of the Spirit is part of the Blessings of Abraham for the nations and the children of Abraham)
  15. Why, Then, the Law? - {PDF Copy} - (If a man is not justified from the works of the Law, what was the purpose of the Torah given through Moses at Mount Sinai?  Galatians 3:19)
  16. Limits of the Law - {PDF Copy} - (The jurisdiction of the Mosaic regulations over the covenant community reached its limit with the arrival of Jesus, the true seed of Abraham)
  17. Heirs in Jesus - {PDF Copy} - (Returning to the custodianship of the Law would mean rebuilding the wall of separation between Jews and Gentiles)
  18. The Fullness of Time - {PDF Copy} - (The Law was an interim stage with a termination point, the Fullness of Time when Jesus redeemed those who were under the Law)
  19. Rudiments of the World - {PDF Copy} - (The Messianic Age dawned in Jesus, and calendrical rituals and other Levitical regulations belong to the obsolete old order)
  20. This Evil Age - {PDF Copy} - (The death of Jesus inaugurated the messianic age with consequent changes in the status of the Law and God’s people)
  21. The Children of God - {PDF Copy} - (Insisting on a Torah-observant lifestyle will result in the restoration of the old social barriers and distinctions between Jew and Gentile)

{TO THE THESSALONIANS}
  1. Awaiting His Son - {PDF Copy} - (The Thessalonians received the gospel in tribulation but remained faithful while anticipating the arrival of Jesus – 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10)
  2. Rescuing us from Wrath - {PDF Copy} - (Already, Jesus is rescuing his people from the coming wrath that will befall the unrighteous when he arrives)
  3. Crown of Glory - {PDF Copy} - (If the Thessalonians continue to emulate the apostolic example, they will receive the Crown of Glory when Jesus arrives from Heaven – 1 Thessalonians 2:1-20)
  4. Tribulation vs Wrath - {PDF Copy} - (Disciples escape God’s wrath, but they endure tribulation, and the Assembly has been appointed to tribulation – 1 Thessalonians 3:1-4)
  5. Blameless in Holiness - {PDF Copy} - (Paul prays for the Thessalonians to be found holy and blameless on the day when Jesus arrives in glory – 1 Thessalonians 3:13)
  6. Meeting Jesus - {PDF Copy} - (Paul responded to concerns about the dead in Christ by pointing to the resurrection that will occur when Jesus arrives from Heaven – 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
  7. Rapture of the Church? - {PDF Copy} - (The Rapture is an interpretation of a passage that originally concerned the resurrection of dead believers when Jesus arrives from heaven)
  8. What Rapture? - {PDF Copy} - (The Rapture is an interpretation of a passage that originally concerned the resurrection of dead believers at the arrival of Jesus)
  9. Comfort One Another - {PDF Copy} - (Foundational to the believer’s future hope is the bodily resurrection of the righteous dead when Jesus arrives in glory)
  10. Redemption, not Abandonment - {PDF Copy} - (Salvation includes the bodily resurrection and the New Creation that will take place at the arrival of Jesus)
  11. His Parousia - {PDF Copy} - (The arrival of Jesus will mean the resurrection of the dead, the commencement of the New Creation, and the final judgment)
  12. Sons of Light - {PDF Copy} - (The Day of the Lord will mean salvation for the Sons of Light who remain ever vigilant and prepared for its sudden arrival – 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11)
  13. Sanctified Wholly -  {PDF Copy} - (Considering the future arrival of Jesus, Paul summons the Assembly to become sanctified completely by that Day – 1 Thessalonians 5:23)
  14. Paul, Times and Seasons - {PDF Copy} - (Paul does not detail the times and seasons since the Thessalonians understand that the Lord will come like a thief in the night – 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11)
  15. Your Endurance and Faith - {PDF Copy} - (Paul praises the Assembly in Thessalonica for its faithful endurance in and through persecution and tribulation - 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4)
  16. Just Judgment of God - {PDF Copy} - (The arrival of Jesus will mean vindication and rest for the righteous, but everlasting loss for the wicked)
  17. The Coming Storm - {PDF Copy} - (The New Testament warns of a future apostasy caused by deceivers and a Lawless One that will precede the Day of the Lord)
  18. Rumors and Disinformation - {PDF Copy} - (Disinformation about the day of the Lord caused alarm in the congregation at Thessalonica – 2 Thessalonians 2:1-2)
  19. The Day of the Lord - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus will arrive and gather his people on the day of the Lord, and in the New Testament, this event becomes the Day of Christ)
  20. Two Missing Events - {PDF Copy} - (Two events must occur before the Day of the Lord comes, the Apostasy and the unveiling of the Man of Lawlessness)
  21. The Coming Apostasy - {PDF Copy} - (Paul warns of the coming apostasy and links it to the coming man of lawlessness, the Son of Destruction)
  22. The Son of Destruction - {PDF Copy} - (Many saints will apostatize when the Lawless One, the Son of Destruction, seats himself in the sanctuary of God)
  23. Seated in the Sanctuary - {PDF Copy} - (The Man of Lawlessness will be unveiled when he seats himself in the House of God - 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4)
  24. The Lawless One - Forerunner - {PDF Copy} - (The Little Horn in Daniel is the model for the Man of Lawlessness described by Paul to the Thessalonians)
  25. Until Revealed - {PDF Copy} - (The mystery of lawlessness is at work preparing the way for the unveiling of the Lawlessness One – 2 Thessalonians 2:5-7)
  26. The Lawless One Destroyed - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus will destroy the works of the Lawless One and paralyze him at his glorious arrival on the Day of the Lord)
  27. Stand Fast! - {PDF Copy} - (Believers prepare for the Apostasy and the coming Man of Lawlessness by standing firm in the apostolic tradition)
  28. Mystery of Lawlessness - {PDF Copy} - (The Mystery of Lawlessness is preparing the way for the unveiling of the Lawless One who will cause many believers to apostatize)
  29. Lying Signs and Wonders - {PDF Copy} - (The Lawless One will use lying signs and wonders to deceive saints into abandoning the faith)
  30. Paul, Signs and Seasons - {PDF Copy} - (Paul does not provide a detailed outline of the signs and seasons that will precede the End. Instead, he exhorts disciples to live righteously now)

{TO THE ROMANS}
  1. Paul's Gospel - {PDF Copy} - (Paul presents his gospel from humanity's plight due to sin to the resurrection of the dead and the New Creation)
  2. Identified by Resurrection - {PDF Copy} - (Paul introduces his ministry to the Assembly in Rome and begins his exposition of the Gospel by identifying Christ’s qualifications as Messiah)
  3. According to Holy Scriptures - {PDF Copy} - (Paul introduces his ministry to the church in Rome and begins his exposition of the Gospel by identifying Christ’s qualifications to be the Messiah)
  4. Both Jews and Greeks - {PDF Copy} - (The equality of Jew and Gentile before God is a pivotal theme in Romans. Members of either group stand or fall before Him on the same basis)
  5. The Message of the Gospel - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus summoned his disciples to proclaim the Good News of his Kingdom to every inhabited corner of the Earth – Romans 3:22-30)
  6. From Faith - For Faith - {PDF Copy} - (Men are not set right before God from the works of the law but from the faith of Jesus Christ)
  7. Plight to Solution - {PDF Copy} - (In Romans, Paul argues from plight to solution as he presents his gospel to the churches of Rome, a message for both Jews and Greeks)
  8. The Faithfulness of God - {PDF Copy} - (The righteousness of God refers to His faithfulness to His promises, and this is demonstrated in the salvation He has provided in Jesus)
  9. Salvation and Wrath Revealed - {PDF Copy} - (Paul presents his gospel to the assemblies of Rome, a message about God’s righteousness and wrath for all men)
  10. The Day of Wrath - {PDF Copy} - (According to Paul, the Day of Wrath is coming when the wicked will pay the ultimate price for their disobedience to God – Romans 2:5)
  11. Life from the Dead - {PDF Copy} - (Paul’s Gospel from humanity's plight due to sin to the resurrection of the dead through Jesus of Nazareth)
  12. Works of the Law - {PDF Copy} - (In Paul’s letters, references to justification by “works” have a specific category of works in view – the works of the law)
  13. The Faith of Jesus Christ - {PDF Copy} - (According to Paul, men are not set right before God “from the works of the law,” but instead, from the faith of Jesus Christ)
  14. The Faith of Abraham - {PDF Copy} - (The faith of uncircumcised Abraham provides an example for Jewish and Gentile believers who live from the faith of Jesus – Romans 4:11-17)
  15. Coheirs with Jesus - {PDF Copy} - (The covenant with Abraham is fulfilled in Jesus, his seed and heir, including the promise of land – Romans 8:1-23)
  16. The Redemption of Our Body - {PDF Copy} - (Paul links the bodily resurrection of believers to the New Creation, and both events are part of the promised redemption – Romans 8:1-23)
  17. If God is for us... - {PDF Copy} - (Paul summarizes what God did for believers in Jesus and prepares for his explanation of the status of the Jewish people – Romans 8:18-39)
  18. Governing Authorities - {PDF Copy} - (Paul instructs believers living in the Roman Empire not to resist the government since its existence and authority are arranged by God)
  19. Food and Calendars - {PDF Copy} - (Paul argues for tolerance in the church on food regulations and the observation of holy days – The shadows now find their fulfillment in Jesus)
  20. Spirit and Resurrection - {PDF Copy} - (The Gift of the Spirit is the foretaste and guarantee of the bodily resurrection and of the coming New Creation)
  21. The Neronian Problem - {PDF Copy} - (God allows evil rulers to govern nations and uses them to accomplish His purposes, and He summons believers to show them due respect)

{TO THE CORINTHIANS}
  1. Power and Wisdom - {PDF Copy} - (The power and wisdom of God are revealed in the proclamation of the Messiah who was crucified by the Roman Empire)
  2. The Revelation of our Lord - {PDF Copy} - (At the revelation of Jesus, the saints will experience glory, but the wicked receive everlasting destruction)
  3. The Paradigm of the Cross - {PDF Copy} - (Christ crucified is the pattern disciples of Jesus are summoned to follow and emulate, and the test of the genuine apostolic faith)
  4. Final Events - {PDF Copy} - (In explaining the future resurrection, Paul lists key events that will precede or coincide with the arrival of Jesus at the end of the age)
  5. The Spiritual Man - {PDF Copy} - (The spiritually-minded man understands that Christ Crucified is God's power and wisdom)
  6. Day of Christ - {PDF Copy} - (The return of Jesus will be the Day of the Lord when the dead are raised, the wicked are judged, and death will cease)
  7. The Sanctuary of God - {PDF Copy} - (The New Testament applies Temple language from the Hebrew Bible to the Assembly, the Body of Christ, the true Sanctuary of God)
  8. The Ends of the Ages - {PDF Copy} - (In several ways, Paul coordinates the commencement of the last days with the Death and Resurrection of Jesus)
  9. Ekklesia - The Assembly - {PDF Copy} - (The Christian use of the term church or ekkl├ęsia is derived from the assembly of Yahweh gathered for worship in the Hebrew Bible)
  10. Do All Speak in Tongues - {PDF Copy} - (Paul indicates not all believers speak in tongues, but elsewhere, he teaches that believers do have God’s Spirit)
  11. The Death of Death - {PDF Copy} - (The arrival of Jesus at the end of the age will mean the termination of the Last Enemy, Death itself)

{PRISON LETTERS}
  1. Until the Day of Christ - {PDF Copy} - (Paul exhorted the church to pursue perfection, a process that will culminate in the resurrection on the Day of Christ)
  2. The Mind of Christ - {PDF Copy} - (The submission of Jesus to an unjust death becomes the paradigm for the love and service to others that disciples are summoned to manifest)
  3. The Power of His Resurrection - {PDF Copy} - (In Philippians, Paul expresses his goal of going on to perfection, a process that will culminate in the resurrection when Jesus arrives)
  4. One New People - {PDF Copy} - (By his death, Jesus formed one covenant community - One New Man - based on faith in him, not ethnicity or nationality – Ephesians 2:11-22)
  5. One Spirit, One People - {PDF Copy} - (By his death, Jesus formed one covenant community - One New Man - based on faith in him, not ethnicity or nationality – Ephesians 2:11-22)
  6. Beginning and Firstborn - (To the Colossians, Paul emphasizes the exalted position of Jesus that he attained following his death and resurrection – Colossians 1:18-19) - {PDF Copy}

{PASTORALS}
  1. He Abolished Death - {PDF Copy} - (Paul reminds Timothy of Christ’s resurrection and victory over death since false teachers are denying the resurrection of believers)

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