"The central prayer that Paul offers for these brothers and sisters, that the eyes of their hearts would be enlightened through the work of the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation to know three specific spiritual realities, would only take place within the context of a growing knowledge of God. Growing in a knowledge of God is the prerequisite, and it is one that I'm afraid that we largely neglect in our culture."
As in all of his letters, Paul begins his message to the Philippian church by giving thanks for them and offering prayer for them. Verses 3-5 read, "I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in... Continue Reading →
In the opening verses of 2 Timothy 3, Paul warns Timothy concerning godlessness in the last days. The warning contains a sad list of the resulting realities of sin within a world filled with sin sick hearts. The list includes love of self and money, pride, arrogance, heartlessness, slanderousness, treachery and reckless behavior, among others.... Continue Reading →