This time Paul really does finish his letter…and reveals the true source of joy.
Paul has heard that, while he is in prison, some other preachers have been trying to discredit him. But then he goes on to explain why this is such a good thing!
Paul starts a letter to his friends in Philippi, and he seems to be in an extraordinarily good mood. What is the source of his joy?
Paul relates how he visited the bigwigs in Jerusalem, and then had to rebuke one of them. Is the Gospel really all about eating and drinking and body modification, or is there something deeper going on?
Paul gets into the meat of his message: God’s law is great, God’s law is good, but it could never transform you into God’s child. So why oh why are you trying to use it that way now?