Focus on the power of Paul’s persuasive rhetoric and message in this commentary from Andrew T. Lincoln. Situating the epistle in its historical context, evaluating competing claims of authorship, and examining textual history of the book, Lincoln offers a fresh reading of this challenging epistle that expresses Paul’s vision for ecclesiastical and domestic life.
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“This part of the writer’s petition, then, is that the readers might appreciate the wonder, the glory of what God has done in entering into possession of his people, the Church from Jews and Gentiles, and the immense privilege it is to be among these saints.” (Page 60)
“To live as a wise person is not just to have knowledge but to have skill in living, to have the sort of perception that authenticates itself in practice. This requires ethical insight into God’s will.” (Page 341)
“All the supremacy and power God has given to Christ he has given to be used on behalf of the Church. In this way the Church is seen to have a special role in God’s purposes for the cosmos.” (Page 70)
“The imperative is in the present tense, indicating that believers’ experience of the Spirit’s fullness is to be a continuing one.” (Page 344)
“It involves the courtesy, considerateness, and willingness to waive one’s rights that come from seeking the common good without being concerned for personal reputation or gain.” (Page 236)