THE SECOND EPISTLE TO TIMOTHY CONTENTS Paul’s second letter to Timothy was probably the last one he wrote. He had been rearrested and was in prison (4:6), knowing that the end was at hand. It is a letter filled with courage and strength, showing us what kind of person Paul was – or, better, what kind of person God can help us to be if we trust in Him. The letter consists basically of four charges directed to Timothy from the aged Paul. HISTORICAL BACKGROUND At the time of writing, Paul was in prison and on trial for his life (1:8,15,17; see 4:6-8).
Another argument against Petrine authorship is “Paulinisms.” Some scholars argue that the theology of 1 Peter appears to be Pauline in nature. Sproul acknowledged this similarity but argued that it should be accepted as evidence of the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in the life of both men since they were communicating the “same gospel, the same ethic, the same truth.” Along with the above, other arguments against Peter’s authorship of the letter include the supposition that it was written by Silvanus, its lack of information about the historical Jesus, and the dating of the letter in relation to the persecution described in the letter. On the whole, though, the evidence for Petrine authorship of 1 Peter is convincing. The words of R. C. Sproul are apt here, “if you come to the text already persuaded that it is the Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, then God has to say only once that this letter was written by the Apostle
Paul requires nurturing and praise for his unique personality, yet his father, like everyone else, tries to force Paul to become someone he is not. His father’s attitude forces Paul to find happiness only at times he is distanced from the real world. He enjoys nothing more then working as an usher at Carnegie Hall, where he is able to escape reality. As Paul cannot obtain happiness in his true world, he rebels against those around him. His rebellion against society is not one of hate, rather a rebellion of anger towards those who do not accept him.
Clearly, Mark implied that faithfulness and obedience as a disciple of Jesus will inevitably result in opposition, suffering, and perhaps death. This emphasis would have ministered to the original readers who were undergoing persecution for their faith. It is a perennial need in pastoral ministry. It is interesting that the theme of suffering is strong in Peter's first epistle, too. Evidently this was a subject that lay heavily on Peter's heart.
For Example, as Paul speaks to his mother, he feels an incredible sadness due to the fact that it is no longer acceptable for him to show emotion: “Ah! Mother, Mother! You still think I am child- why can I not put my head in your lap and weep? Why have I always to be strong and self-controlled?” (183). Paul experiences this deep sorrow and depression because he feels that he has been completely robbed of his sentiment.
RELATING WITH THE GOVERNMENT Romans 13:1-7 By Rev. James May At the end of chapter 12 Paul’s teaching to the church on how we should behave toward one another, and toward our enemies in the church comes to a close. In chapter 13 Paul now begins a new subject matter, even though it still relates to chapter 12, the Bible now addresses how all of mankind should behave toward those who are placed in positions of governance over us. This isn’t just for the church, but for everybody. We are citizens of two kingdoms; one is the Kingdom of Heaven, and the other is the United States of America.
This letter written by Paul to the people of Philippi is said to be a primarily exuberant and upbeat one, despite the fact that he is facing persecution and possibly death. After reading the corresponding chapter in Powell, I interpreted this as being a warm reminder from Paul to his followers in Philippi, encouraging them to continue carrying out the acts of the gospel even though he is not able to be there alongside them. In a literary sense, the letter Paul writes to the Philippians is considered to be
The Apostle Paul shows proof of this in the very first paragraph of his letter to his coterie: he says that he is “a prison of Christ Jesus” (Paul pg.7 para.2). I personally am a Christian, but I would never call myself a prisoner. This shows just how life dedicated this man was as well as how times have drastically changed from his decade. Another similar detail is the tone of both writings. They both portrait a tone of peacefulness, neither author showing the emotion of concern for their well being, or at least not in their writing.