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Colossians--Empty to Full

Today in our journey along Route 66 we come to Paul’s Letter to the Colossians...   Author In the early church this letter was universally accepted as a genuine letter of the Apostle Paul. In the 19 th  century some critical scholars came to be belief that the heresy which Paul refutes in chapter 2 was that of Gnosticism.  The word “Gnosticism” comes from the Greek word “Gnosis” which means “knowledge”. The Gnostics believed that the world was created and ruled by a lesser divinity, a demiurge, and that Christ was an emissary of the remote supreme divine being. Furthermore, the Gnostics believed that Jesus had passed on to them, by word of mouth, secret knowledge of the one, true supreme being, enabling them alone to achieve redemption.  Now, here’s the thing…  the Gnostic heresy did not appear in its full-blown form until the second century. So, if the letter to the Colossians was addressing the Gnostic heresy, then it could not have been written until the second century and therefore
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Philippians--Pacifying Panic

Today in our journey along Route 66 we come to Paul’s Letter to the Philippians...   Author Philippians is one of the undisputed letters of the Apostle Paul. All commentators ancient and modern are agreed that this letter is by him. Date   This letter was written by Paul when he was in prison, most likely in Rome, sometime between AD 62 and 64 (see Acts 28:30), though some commentators think that Paul wrote this letter earlier, during one of his other imprisonments.  Themes J. B. Phillips summarizes the themes of Philippians. Paul writes to the church at Philippi, where he… … had been beaten and imprisoned but had seen his gaoler converted (Acts XVI, 25-34). It was also at Philippi that Lydia, a business woman selling purple-dyed cloth, became one of the first Christians. The first purpose of the letter is to acknowledge a gift sent to Paul in prison by Epaphroditus from the Christians at Philippi. Possibly this letter was delayed by the serious illness of Epaphroditus while with Paul

Ephesians--A Spiritual EKG

Today in our journey along Route 66 we come to Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians...   Author The author identifies himself as Paul in Ephesians 1:1; 3:1,7,13; 4:1; 6:19-20, and the early church recognized Ephesians as a Pauline letter. However, some modern biblical scholars doubt Pauline authorship. Though Ephesians has the typical form of a Pauline letter and echoes some important themes from the undisputed letters of Paul, Ephesians also differs in some ways.   The differences between Ephesians and the undisputed letters of Paul include both style and subject matter. Some scholars note the following differences… In Ephesians, many of the sentences are very long, unlike the commonly short and energized sentences of Paul’s undisputed letters. For example, Ephesians 1:3-14 is one sentence in Greek, as is Ephesians 1:15-23. Differences in subject matter include the emphasis in Ephesians on “the church” and the so-called “household codes” featured in Ephesians 5 and 6.   In addition, we cann