Paul wrote the letters to the Ephesian, Philippian, and Colossian churches and the personal letter to Philemon while in prison facing possible death. However, their passion and energy are undimmed. They reveal Paul’s longing to see young churches grow in faith and understanding, rooted in Jesus himself, and to see this faith worked out in practice—in one case, through the rehabilitation of a runaway slave. In Paul for Everyone: The Prison Letters, Wright’s stimulating comments are combined with his own translation of the Bible text.
“But the point is that we aren’t chosen for our own sake, but for the sake of what God wants to accomplish through us.” (Page 9)
“As you look at the incarnate son of God dying on the cross the most powerful thought you should think is: this is the true meaning of who God is. He is the God of self-giving love.” (Page 103)
“He is referring to the even more basic ‘calling’ of the gospel itself, summoning people to believe in Jesus as the risen Lord and king and to give him complete and undivided allegiance for the rest of their lives.” (Page 43)
“The main point of certain people having special roles is so that every single Christian, and the church as a whole, may be equipped for their work of service.” (Page 48)
“The answer must be that everyone must be focused on something other than themselves; and that something is Jesus Christ himself, the king, the Lord, and the good news which has come to take the world over in his name.” (Page 98)
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