Distinctive Emphases of Paul’s Epistles

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  Distinctive Emphases of Paul’s Epistles   

Before the overview of each of Paul’s epistles, it would be well to note in a nutshell the distinctive emphasis and contributions of each of Paul’s epistles.1)This material is taken from J. Sidlow Baxter’s Explore the Book, pp. 63-64.

  THE EMPHASIS ON THE LORD JESUS:   

Book EMPHASIS
Romans: Christ the power of God to us.
1 Corinthians: Christ the wisdom of God to us.
2 Corinthians: Christ the comfort of God to us.
Galatians: Christ the righteousness of God to us.
Ephesians: Christ the riches of God to us.
Philippians: Christ the sufficiency of God to us.
Colossians: Christ the fullness of God to us.
1 Thessalonians: Christ the promise of God to us.
2 Thessalonians: Christ the reward of God to us.

  THE EMPHASIS ON THE GOSPEL MESSAGE:   

Book EMPHASIS
Romans: The Gospel and its message.
1 Corinthians: The Gospel and its ministry.
2 Corinthians: The Gospel and its ministers.
Galatians: The Gospel and its mutilators.
Ephesians: The Gospel and its heavenlies.
Philippians: The Gospel and its earthlies
Colossians: The Gospel and its philosophies.
1 Thessalonians: The Gospel and the Church’s future.
2 Thessalonians: The Gospel and the Antichrist.

  THE EMPHASIS OF THE GOSPEL ON THE BELIEVER’S UNION:   

Book EMPHASIS
Romans: In Christ—justification.
1 Corinthians: In Christ—sanctification.
2 Corinthians: In Christ—consolation.
Galatians: In Christ—liberation.
Ephesians: In Christ—exaltation.
Philippians: In Christ—exultation.
Colossians: In Christ—completion.
1 Thessalonians: In Christ—translation.
2 Thessalonians: In Christ—compensation.
@ bible.org by J. Hampton Keathley, III {original source}

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1. This material is taken from J. Sidlow Baxter’s Explore the Book, pp. 63-64.

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