EXPOSITION: Chapter 1:1-17 Purpose & Theme 1:1-7 — Paul's Salutation 1-2 "Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, 2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures"—While possessing intimate elements, Paul's opening salutation (longer than any other Pauline epistle) is in the style of … [Read more...]
Books of the Bible
This teaching stream explores various Books of the Bible and how to interpret them.
Because the Holy Scriptures have been inspired and superintended by the Holy Spirit they command our attention. As God’s Word they are worthy of serious study and exegesis. Using the normal laws of grammar and language, these studies therefore will apply the hermeneutical (i.e. interpretive) principle of context so as to accurately exegete – draw out – the meaning of the text.
The question will be asked, why another commentary on Romans? First, because Romans provides the ABC's of the Gospel, it is Christianity 101. From the early church to the present day, it has been recognised as the foundational teaching of Christianity, providing the Bible's most complete statement concerning God's purpose for humankind, its fall from that purpose, and his … [Read more...]
Part 3 of 3 In Parts 1 & 2 we discovered that Paul's call and commission, as the pioneer apostle to the Gentiles, was unique and normative for the church universally. We will now explore these implications for the apostolic mode and message. Mode As the pioneer – and thus proto-type – apostle to the Gentiles Paul modelled God's strategy for the expansion of the Gospel … [Read more...]
Part 2 of 3 In Part 1 we considered the principle of progressive revelation, observing that Paul's revelation of the Gospel was a fulfilment of Jesus' promise that I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth. Jn 16:12 Premise Our premise is that the Bible is the Word of God, … [Read more...]
Part 1 of 3 But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day. Proverbs 4:18 I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to … [Read more...]