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Despising despite Mercy?

At the beginning of Romans 14, Paul warns the Romans not to judge one another over diet and days, and reserves the harsher term for the stronger judging the weaker: Τὸν δὲ ἀσθενοῦντα τῇ πίστει προσλαμβάνεσθε, μὴ εἰς διακρίσεις διαλογισμῶν. 2 ὃς μὲν πιστεύει φαγεῖν πάντα, ὁ δὲ ἀσθενῶν λάχανα ἐσθίει. 3 ὁ ἐσθίων τὸν μὴ ἐσθίοντα μὴ ἐξουθενείτω, ὁ […]

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Fellowship in the Gospel as Principium of Ecclesiology

What is the ground of the fellowship of the saints? Again and again, we must return to the point that it can only be the reconciling Word of God: the Word of the Gospel and the Word become Flesh, the Lord Jesus Christ. If we read the New Testament closely, and especially Paul’s letters, we […]

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Ambrosiaster on 1 Cor. 1:5, Grace, and Faith

In 1 Corinthians 1:5, Paul tells the Corinthians why he is thankful: Εὐχαριστῶ τῷ θεῷ μου πάντοτε περὶ ὑμῶν ἐπὶ τῇ χάριτι τοῦ θεοῦ τῇ δοθείσῃ ὑμῖν ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ. I give thanks to my God at all times concerning you for the grace of God that has been given to you in Christ Jesus. The […]

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The Ground of Unity in 1 Corinthians 1

“I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. 11 For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers.” (1 Cor. 1:10-11) […]

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Paul’s Pastoral Kenosis

Paul paints a marvelous picture of Christ’s “kenosis” or humility in his Epistle to the Philippians, where we are told that Christ “emptied himself [ekenosin], taking on the form of a servant…” In Wesley’s words, he “emptied himself of all but love.” In his Epistle to the Thessalonians Paul reveals that he too has become like […]

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Apocalypse Now, and Then

“Apocalypse,” or “revelation,” is a thread that runs through the first several chapters of the Apostle Paul’s Letter to the Romans. There are three particular instances I’d like to examine in this post. Two of them come in adjacent verses in the first chapter: 16 Οὐ γὰρ ἐπαισχύνομαι τὸ εὐαγγέλιον, δύναμις γὰρ θεοῦ ἐστιν εἰς σωτηρίαν παντὶ […]

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Duped Disciples? Ficino’s De Christiana Religione (VII)

In chapters six and seven of his De Christiana Religione, Ficino continues his argument that Christ’s disciples did not attempt to deceive anyone in their preaching and writings concerning Christ and that they were also not deceived by anyone. Chapter six is mostly made up of quotations from the New Testament writers in which they […]

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Spiritual Warfare in Paul

Since my series on “Was Jesus a Pacifist?” completed, I have seen several sorts of replies and posts related to the subject indirectly. I would like to take time to reply to an aspect of the larger question that some of the latter category raised, but which I skipped over, due to the focus of […]