Paul I

{HIS EARLY EPISTLES}

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{THESSALONICA}
  1. To the Assembly - {PDF Copy} - (The Thessalonians received the faith in tribulation, remaining faithful while anticipating the arrival of Jesus from heaven  –  1 Thessalonians 1:1-10)
  2. Rescuing us from Wrath - {PDF Copy} - (Already, Jesus is “rescuing” his people from the coming “wrath” that will befall the unrighteous when he arrives)
  3. Crown of Glory - {PDF Copy} - (If the Thessalonians continue to emulate the apostolic example, they will receive the crown of glory at the arrival of Jesus)
  4. Appointed for Tribulation - {PDF Copy} - (Paul prayed for the Thessalonians to be found blameless on the day when Jesus arrives in glory – 1 Thessalonians 3:1-13)
  5. Blameless on that Day - {PDF Copy} - (Paul prays for the Thessalonians to be found holy and blameless on the day when Jesus arrives in glory – 1 Thessalonians 3:13)
  6. Meeting Jesus - {PDF Copy} - (Paul reassures the Thessalonians regarding the participation of dead saints in the arrival of Jesus from heaven)
  7. Sorrow Not - {PDF Copy} - (Foundational to the hope of the church is the bodily resurrection of believers when Jesus arrives from heaven)
  8. Times and Seasons - {PDF Copy} - (Paul did not detail “times and seasons” since the Thessalonians knew well that the Lord will come “like a thief in the night)
  9. Sons of Light - {PDF Copy} - (The Day of the Lord will mean salvation to the “sons of light” who remain ever vigilant and prepared for it)
  10. Sanctified Wholly - {PDF Copy} - (Considering the future arrival of Jesus, Paul summons believers to become sanctified completely by that day)
  11. Redemption, Not Abandonment - {PDF Copy} - (At the heart of salvation is the future resurrection at Christ’s return and the arrival of the new heavens and new earth)
  12. His Parousia - {PDF Copy} - (The arrival of Jesus will mean the resurrection of the dead, the commencement of the New Creation, and the final judgment)
  13. Just Judgment of God - {PDF Copy} - (The coming of Jesus means vindication for the righteous, but everlasting loss for the wicked  -  2 Thessalonians 1:5-10)
  14. Disinformation - {PDF Copy} - (Disinformation about the “day of the Lord” fed to the Thessalonians alarmed many in the congregation – 2 Thessalonians 2:1-2)
  15. The Day of the Lord - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus will arrive to gather his people on the “Day of the Lord,” and in the New Testament, this event becomes the “Day of Christ”)
  16. Two Missing Events - {PDF Copy} - (Two events must occur before the Day of the Lord: the apostasy, and the unveiling of the Man of Lawlessness – 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4)
  17. The Apostasy - {PDF Copy} - (The New Testament warns of the coming “apostasy” and links it to deceivers and the coming man of lawlessness)
  18. The Son of Destruction - {PDF Copy} - (Many Christians will apostatize when the Lawless One, the Son of Destruction, seats himself in the sanctuary)
  19. Seated in the Sanctuary - {PDF Copy} - (Prior to the return of Jesus, the man of lawlessness will be revealed when he seats himself in the sanctuary of God)
  20. Until Revealed - {PDF Copy} - (Already, the mystery of lawlessness is at work preparing for the unleashing of the Man of Lawlessness  –  2 Thessalonians 2:5-8)
  21. Mystery of Lawlessness - {PDF Copy} - (The mystery of lawlessness is preparing the way for the appearance of the lawless one)
  22. Lying Signs and Wonders - {PDF Copy} - (The final deceiver will use “lying signs and wonders” to deceive and cause many saints to depart from the faith)
  23. The Lawless One Destroyed - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus will destroy the “man of lawlessness” at his “arrival” or parousia  –  2 Thessalonians 2:8-12)
  24. Stand Fast! - {PDF Copy} - (Believers prepare for the Apostasy and the coming Man of Lawlessness by standing firm in the apostolic tradition)
  25. Paul, Times and Seasons - {PDF Copy} - (Paul does not provide a detailed outline of the signs and seasons that will precede the End. Instead, he exhorts disciples to live righteously now)

{GALATIA}
  1. Controversy in Galatia - {PDF Copy} - (The key issue in Galatia is whether Gentiles must be circumcised and keep some, at least, of the deeds required by the Torah)
  2. Rescued from this Evil Age - {PDF Copy} - (Paul anchors all that God has done in the past Death and Resurrection of Jesus, which inaugurated the messianic age)
  3. A Different Gospel - {PDF Copy} - (The Judaizing faction in Galatia is preaching a message that deviates from the apostolic tradition)
  4. Circumcision - Cutting Issue - {PDF Copy} - (With the new era inaugurated by Jesus, circumcision is no longer the sign of membership in the covenant community)
  5. Paul's Statement - {PDF Copy} - (Paul presents the points of agreement and disagreement with his opponents in Galatis)
  6. Having Started in the Spirit - {PDF Copy} - (The receipt of the Spirit while in an uncircumcised state is irrefutable proof that Gentiles are accepted by God AS GENTILES)
  7. Doing the Whole Law - {PDF Copy} - (Anyone who is under the Law is obligated to keep all its required deeds and rituals, and therefore, risks coming under its curse)
  8. The Promise of the Spirit - {PDF Copy} - (The promise of the Spirit is part of the blessing of Abraham for the nations and the children of Abraham)
  9. Covenant Heirs - {PDF Copy} - (With the ascension of Jesus, the gift of the Spirit has arrived with blessings for all believers as promised to Abraham)
  10. The Seed of Abraham - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus is the true “seed” of Abraham, the heir of the covenant promises, and receipt of the inheritance is based on faith in Him)
  11. Why, Then, the Law? - {PDF Copy} - (If a man is not justified from the works of the Law, what was the purpose of the Torah given through Moses at Mount Sinai?  Galatians 3:19)
  12. The Jurisdiction of the Law - {PDF Copy} - (According to Galatians, the jurisdiction of the Torah reached its termination point with the arrival of Jesus, the “seed” of Abraham)
  13. All are Heirs in Jesus - {PDF Copy} - (Returning to the custodianship of the Law means rebuilding the wall between Jew and Gentile, but “you are all one in Christ)
  14. Rebuilding Social Barriers - {PDF Copy} - (For the church to insist on a Torah-observant lifestyle means the restoration of the old social barriers between Jew and Gentile)
  15. Beyond Elemental Things - {PDF Copy} - (The Law was an interim stage with a termination point. Disciples are no longer under its jurisdiction, but now, are in Christ)
  16. Rudiments of the Old Era - {PDF Copy} - (The Messianic Age dawned in Jesus, and calendrical rituals and other Levitical regulations belong to the obsolete old order)
  17. This Evil Age - {PDF Copy} - (The death of Jesus signaled the commencement of the messianic age with consequent changes in the status of the Law and God’s people)
  18. Spirit and Covenant - {PDF Copy} - (From the start, the promise of the Spirit has been integral to redemption and the Covenant of God with His people)


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