- The counsel given in verses 1, 2 is by no means easy to follow.
What three sources of help and encouragement are suggested in verses 3-5?
- What does following Christ’s example involve (verses 7-12)?
Why does Paul lay such emphasis on the inclusion of the gentiles?
- What should characterize the Christian church? See verses 2, 5-7, 13.
- How does Paul in verses 15-21 describe his work – in relation to its nature, scope, power and results?
How far is the description applicable to our own work in connection with the gospel
- What matters lay nearest to Paul’s heart at this time, as shown in verses 20-25?
Also, what can we learn about the importance that he attached to intercessory Prayer?
Have we a kindred spirit and outlook?
The epistle from 1:16 onwards has been more like a treatise than a letter. Paul now resumes the epistolary form, and there are many links between this closing section and 1:1-15.
- Verse 16. The figure here is that of the sacrifices of the Old Testament ritual.
Paul’s work was to bring the Gentiles to God as an offering, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
- The contributions of the Gentile churches to the poor of the church in Jerusalem were the result of much labour on Paul’s part, and he looked for important results in the drawing together of Jewish and Gentile believers.
Cf. 2 Cor. 8 and 9, especially 9:12-15.