Paul said, “What is our hope (τίς γὰρ ἡμῶν ἐλπὶς) or joy (ἢ χαρὰ) or crown (ἢ στέφανος) of boasting (καυχήσεως) before (ἔμπροσθεν) our Lord (τοῦ Κυρίου ἡμῶν) Jesus (Ἰησοῦ) at his coming (ἐν τῇ αὐτοῦ παρουσίᾳ)? Is it not you (ἢ οὐχὶ καὶ ὑμεῖς)?” Only the Pauline letters used this word καυχήσεως, that means a boasting, glorying, or exultation. Paul then asked a series of rhetorical questions. What is his hope? What is his joy? What is his crown? Why should he boast? Why is he waiting for the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ? Then he had the final question. Was it not them, the Thessalonians? Paul’s hope, joy, and crown of boasting before his Lord Jesus Christ was these Thessalonians. They made his day. If Paul wanted to boast it would be about the followers of Jesus Christ at Thessalonica. Who will you boast about before Jesus Christ?
Paul said, “I am convinced of this (καὶ τοῦτο πεποιθὼς). I know (οἶδα) that I shall remain (ὅτι μενῶ) and continue (καὶ παραμενῶ) with all of you (πᾶσιν ὑμῖν), for your progress (εἰς τὴν ὑμῶν προκοπὴν) and your joy (καὶ χαρὰν) in the faith (τῆς πίστεως).” Only the Pauline letters used this word παραμενῶ, that means to remain besides, near, or persevere in. Paul was convinced that he would not die but would instead remain with the Philippians and continue to monitor their progress and joy in their faith in Jesus Christ. Paul thought that he would be spared any harsh treatment from the Romans. Thus, he would be able to continue to work with the emerging Christian community at Philippi. Do you prefer to continue to work here on earth?
Paul said, “You were taught to put away (ἀποθέσθαι) your former way of life (ὑμᾶς κατὰ τὴν προτέραν ἀναστροφὴν), your old person (τὸν παλαιὸν ἄνθρωπον), corrupted (τὸν φθειρόμενον) by delusions (κατὰ τὰς ἐπιθυμίας) and lusts (τῆς ἀπάτης).” Only the Pauline letters used this word ἀναστροφὴν, that means behavior, conduct, or manner of life, and the word φθειρόμενον, that means to destroy, corrupt, spoil, or ruin. Paul explained that the Ephesians had been taught to put away their former life style, their old self or person. This former life had been corrupted or spoiled by many delusions and lusts. Paul wanted all vestiges of the former corrupt gentile pagan lifestyle to be left behind and put away for good. Have you put away your delusions and lusts?
After a little less than two months, I have finished reading and commenting on Paul’s Letter to the Galatians. I have now finished the New Testament four canonical gospels, plus the Acts of the Apostles, and Paul’s letters to the Romans, as well 1 Corinthians and 2 Corinthians, and Galatians. Every time I finish commenting on a book of the Bible, I send a thank you blog. I usually post five blogs a day covering a verse of the biblical books. So far, I have posted over 13,770 blogs about the individual paragraphs of all the 46 books of the Old Testament, plus the individual verses of the first nine books of the New Testament. It has taken me over seven years to get this done, since I first began in 2013.
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Paul said, “They only heard it said (μόνον δὲ ἀκούοντες ἦσαν). ‘He who once persecuted us (ὅτι Ὁ διώκων ἡμᾶς ποτε) is now preaching (νῦν εὐαγγελίζεται) the faith (τὴν πίστιν) he once tried to destroy (ἥν ποτε ἐπόρθει).’” Paul maintained that these Jewish Christian communities or churches knew nothing about him, except that he had persecuted the followers of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem. They had heard that now he was preaching the very same gospel and belief that he had formerly persecuted and tried to destroy. All the information about Paul among the Jewish Christians in Judea was hearsay. They knew that he had tried to destroy those who believed in Christ. Now, all of a sudden, he was preaching about faith in that every same Jesus Christ. They were rightly confused about Paul. Are you confused about Saul or Paul?
Paul began with this cry to the blessed God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God comforts us in all our afflictions, so that we can comfort others. We share in Christ’s suffering as well as his comfort. Paul was sharing in the sufferings and comforts of the Corinthians, just as they would share the same sufferings and comforts with Paul.
Paul said that he was going to Macedonia. He wanted to stay with them and spend some time with them, and not just pass by. However, now he was busy in Ephesus, since a new opportunity for some effective work had just arisen. He was going to send Timothy instead. He wanted them to be kind to Timothy and Apollos.
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Paul said that he was ready or eager (οὕτως τὸ κατ’ ἐμὲ πρόθυμον) to proclaim the gospel (εὐαγγελίσασθαι) also to those who were in Rome (καὶ ὑμῖν τοῖς ἐν Ῥώμῃ). Paul was enthusiastic, ready and eager, to preach and proclaim the gospel of Jesus to those in Rome. This almost sounds like he was going to get on the next ship and go to Rome with all this eagerness. It would be about ten years before he went to Rome. How eager are you to go to Rome?
The author of Acts indicated that Cornelius stared or looked intently (ὁ δὲ ἀτενίσας) at the angel (αὐτῷ) in terror or becoming afraid (καὶ ἔμφοβος γενόμενος). He asked (εἶπεν) the Lord (Κύριε) what it was (Τί ἐστιν). The angel answered him (εἶπεν δὲ αὐτῷ) that his prayers (Αἱ προσευχαί σου) and his almsgiving (καὶ αἱ ἐλεημοσύναι σου) had ascended (ἀνέβησαν) as a memorial (εἰς μνημόσυνον) before God (ἔμπροσθεν τοῦ Θεοῦ). Cornelius was afraid, so that he stared at the angel. Finally, he asked what this was all about. The angel responded to him, telling him that his prayers and gift giving had caught the eye of God as a memorial. The language sounded like a Jewish sacrifice, but this was definitely an uncircumcised God-fearing gentile man. This angel was here to tell Cornelius that he had won favor with God by his actions. Do you think that you have won favor with God?