May 06, 2016

Tale of Two Commentaries

Instructions for Pagans:
Paul tells these Gentiles who had no knowledge of the Jewish Scriptures that their regular harvests, the food they eat every day, and the gladness they experience in the ordinary activities of life are all a witness from God of his existence, wisdom, and goodness. They should not think that these things “just happen” or that they are the work of some local deities, for they are from the one true God “who made the heaven and the earth” (v. 15).
Instructions for Christians:
Paul urges believers to brace themselves for the suffering and persecution that come with being a Christian (2 Tim 3:12). Far from being signs of God’s disapproval, earthly afflictions open the way to heavenly glory (Mt 5:10; Rom 8:17).

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