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Paul says that his imprisonment has done no end of good for spreading the gospel because he tells everyone he's imprisoned for Christ and they tell others. This makes Paul glad.

Paul looks forward to departing his body and joining Jesus but says that he can do more good for the new converts by staying in his body. No mention of whether it would be wrong to kill yourself to join Jesus. You should expect to suffer for Jesus though.

Paul talks about the people he's planning to send to the Philippians to check they are still following what they've been taught. He assures them that one guy is fine as they had apparently heard he'd been ill and he did nearly die before God showed mercy on him.

Paul says they don't rely on human credentials, but goes on to list his just in case someone has good reason to have confidence in human credentials, and they were wondering who this guy was who kept preaching at them.

You should practice what Paul preaches (and practices).

Those who follow Jesus will have their bodies transformed into the likeness of his glorious body, so everyone looks like Jesus in heaven?

You shouldn't worry about anything, but always tell God through prayer. He must get fed up of all the whining.

I guess you don't have to just think about Jesus and God all day: "whatever is true, whatever is worthy of respect, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if something is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things." I actually think I can do that quite easily.

The Philippians have sent Paul lots of things that have helped him through his journeys, this was pleasing to God so God will supply their every need in return.
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Paul urges those who have been called to live in a way worthy of their calling. He also wants them to get past the stage of their faith that makes them vulnerable to being swayed to the 'wrong' beliefs by deceitful people. They must put aside their sinful ways and falsehoods and instead be the image of God, apparently righteousness and holiness come from truth. The followers of Christ are to labour with their own hands to create something to share with those in need and to only say nice things and be kind and compassionate.

The followers have to let nobody deceive them with empty words, but there's no instructions about how to tell whether words are empty. They also have to expose the deeds and shameful secrets of the darkness, but with no directions as to what exactly is considered impure and immoral (apart from that 'sexual immorality' that is mentioned a lot, the leaders of the church were obsessed with what everyone did in their bedrooms even then).

You should not be foolish and understanding the Lord's will makes you wise. Some specific rules include not getting drunk with wine (but spirits and beer OK?), but instead be filled with the holy spirit and sing joyous songs.

Paul likes giving instructions about how husbands and wives should treat each other, mostly reasonable (husband to love wife as he loves himself) if misogynistic (wife to submit to husband in everything).

Oh Paul, it was going so well, reminding children about honouring their parents and then segueing straight into telling slaves to be subservient and to obey their masters enthusiastically. At least he tells the masters to stop threatening their slaves.

Paul thinks there is a battle going on against the schemes of the devil and you have to put on your God armour for this spiritual battle, the parts of this armour even have important sounding names, the shield of faith and the helmet of salvation. Also you'll need the breastplate of righteousness and the sword of the spirit. I get the whole be good and be nice to each other stuff, but why wasn't Paul laughed out of wherever he was after coming up with God armour?
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Those that are blessed were predestined to be saved, God chose them before the foundation of the world.

Everyone near and far has been preached to in peace and are therefore no longer foreign to each other as they are fellow citizens in God's household.

Paul had the divine secret made known to him by revelation, a secret not disclosed to any previous prophets, that everyone can be saved rather than just the chosen few (though they have to have been predestined as it said in the previous chapter). Paul's calling is to reveal this secret plan to everyone after it was hidden for ages.

The love of Christ surpasses all knowledge so you can be filled up to the fullness of God, you don't want knowledge filling up space that could be used for God.
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Paul fears his work may have been in vain because these people are continuing in their human ways and observing religious days, months, seasons, and years. I think if you are a farmer then some of those things are incredibly important to your livelihood.

Paul wants the people who are agitating and causing confusion amongst the new converts to castrate themselves.

The works of the flesh are immoral and the works of the spirit the opposite.

Paul says to do good to all people, but especially people of faith (way to be a good Christian).
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Paul is upset that the people he's writing to are following the wrong gospel, instead of his (which is not of human origin) they're preferring a corrupted version.

Paul says that the old laws are a curse and they should stop following the laws just because people tell them to.

Amongst the baptised there is no distinction between Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female, all are one in Jesus.
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Paul and his followers have powerful weapons to tear down arguments against God, and they take thoughts captive to make them obey Christ (no freethinking in Paul's church). People say that Paul is forceful in writing but weak in person.

Paul is worried that the newly-converted will be led astray by someone with a better offer, a legitimate concern as these people were already converted once they are probably open to anything.

Paul has suffered more for Jesus than most, he is therefore more of a servant of Christ than many others, he's been imprisoned more, beaten more, and faced death many times (he's not boasting though).
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If your earthly home is dismantled, you still have an eternal, heavenly dwelling built by God. You have to appear before Christ's seat of judgement first to get your pay back for your actions in life.

Believers should separate themselves from non-believers because there is no possibility of a partnership between them, as they share nothing in common.

Paul's previous letter made the Corinthians sad, and Paul is glad because God has to make people sad in order to convert them.

Paul is going to redistribute the wealth of the Corinthians to the extremely poor Macedonians, because then there will be equality, this sounds reasonable to me. Paul seems to feel he needs to encourage them to give as they already promised, if they change their mind then he will be humiliated.
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Paul is not going to make a second visit to the Corinthians because his last visit upset them.

Paul and the other leaders are not like the people who peddle the word of God for profit, which sets them apart as being sincere and truly sent by God.

Paul says that Moses' ministry of carved letters on stone tablets produced death, but his ministry of the spirit is removing the veil from the minds of people who followed Moses' laws.

Paul and his followers suffer in Jesus' name, but they continue with their mission because they'll be raised up and experience eternal glory, I guess they are doing it for a promised reward.
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I always thought it was odd to use 'fell asleep' as a euphemism for death, here Paul uses it when he's talking about witnesses to Jesus' resurrection. Apparently believers expect to one day 'wake up' from death.

That Paul's a perceptive one, he says that if there is no resurrection of the dead then Christ cannot have been raised, making the preaching futile and the preachers false witnesses against God.

When the dead are resurrected they will have a heavenly body, different from their earthly body as the flesh cannot inherit the kingdom of heaven.

Paul ends with a request for money for the saints in Jerusalem and some details of his travel plans before wishing a curse on those with no love for the Lord.
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Different followers get different gifts because they are like organs in a body, if they were all eyes then they wouldn't be able to smell. This also means that everyone needs everyone else in order to be whole.

Love is the greatest out of faith, hope and love.

There is no point speaking in tongues if noone understands and it doesn't do anything to strengthen the church. It is better to use words to teach and prophecy. But women are not to talk at all, if they want to ask a question in church they should wait till they get home and ask their husband.
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Paul talks about whether he and the other preachers deserve a reward for leading the people to their salvation.

Paul warns his followers to avoid idol worship and states that pagan's are sacrificing to demons, and you shouldn't do that because then you may provoke God to his famous jealousy.

So yesterday I was reading that married men and women have equal rights to each other's bodies, but now Paul says that Christ is the head of every man and man is the head of a woman. And that a man should always worship with his head uncovered as he is the image and gory of God, but if a woman worships with her head uncovered then she might as well shave all her hair off. Also it is a disgrace to a man for him to have long hair but long hair is a woman's glory, thanks for the fashion tips Paul.
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If someone calls themselves a Christian but continues to act immorally then other Christians should avoid associating with them, so it is OK to judge other Christians. And any legal disputes between Christians should be settled without going to a non-Christian court.

The unrighteous who will not inherit the kingdom of heaven include idolaters, adulterers, homosexuals, thieves, drunkards and swindlers.

The reason God is against sexual immorality is because your body is a temple for the Holy Spirit so doesn't belong to you.

Married couples must have sexual relations to prevent them being tempted by Satan, and if you have sexual desires then get married. Only one of the couple has to be a believer because both will become sanctified, this is the only sort of marriage that can end in divorce if the non-believer asks for one.

If you're not married when you convert then you should probably stay that way (though God didn't give specific instructions on this, it is just Paul's opinion).

There is no need to continue sacrificing food to idols, and food doesn't bring you closer to God.
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God has made the wisdom of the world foolish because it doesn't know God, and even at his most foolish he is wiser than any human wisdom.

The followers are being told not to exalt particular church leaders but to all follow Jesus, they must learn to not go beyond what is written.
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Vegetarians and meat-eaters should get along and not judge each other because God will judge us all.

Paul takes his leave of Rome and plans to head back to Jerusalem, handing over to a variety of men and women who have helped him and warning the converts to avoid people who may disagree with them (don't want to be hearing any differing opinions while still establishing your new religion).
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An interesting metaphor, Paul says that the Gentiles he has been preaching to are wild olive branches that have been grafted onto a cultivated olive tree where natural branches have been removed. Paul is saying that they could not survive without the root of their religion so shouldn't turn against the Jews who won't convert.

God has given everyone different gifts, and these gifts must be used. It doesn't say how to work out what gift you have, just use it correctly.

Paul weaves in some instructions to follow what the government tells you to do (and pay your taxes), apparently governments are servants of God and have God's authority to deal with wrongdoers, this comes straight after telling us not to get revenge ourselves but to be nice to our enemies and let God deal with them.

Romans 8-10

Jan. 3rd, 2011 04:37 pm
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More of the typical anti-humanity attitude, Paul has some very negative things to say about living according to 'flesh', an example is that he says that the outlook of the flesh is death, but that of the spirit is love and peace. And that the outlook of the flesh is hostile to God, why did he bother making it then?

Paul attempts to justify the fact that his new religion considers the Jews not righteous, even though God apparently chose them initially. Apparently they were trying to attain righteousness by following the laws rather than just having faith.

Romans 4-7

Jan. 2nd, 2011 08:07 pm
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Paul attempts to remove the importance of circumcision by pointing out that Abraham was uncircumcised when he received his revelations from God, so it is faith alone that is important to be considered righteous.

Just as Adam's sin condemned all people, so Jesus' righteous sacrifice will bring many to a righteous path.

Apparently Paul is presenting his argument in human terms because of the limitations of his audience, perhaps it would make more sense if he hadn't.

The old law is still important because it allowed people to know what sin was (like that awful sin of wanting what others have, y'know that evil little bedrock of capitalism).

Romans 1-3

Jan. 1st, 2011 10:40 pm
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Paul claims that he always wanted to visit Rome (in order to preach to them), considering he thought he was going to die when he went to Jerusalem, it can only have been a desire he developed during his years under arrest.

Paul says that by denying God's existence, non-believers are in fact suppressing the truth and ignoring lots of really clear evidence, and have no excuse for such behaviour. So for daring to worship the creation instead of the creator, God made them do whatever their depraved minds wanted (which apparently included committing 'immoral' sexual acts), and for this they deserve to die.

Acts 27-28

Dec. 31st, 2010 01:01 pm
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Because of Paul's appeal to go before Caesar, they have to take a dangerous sea voyage to Italy during the winter storms. The ship ends up run aground and everyone has to swim for land, which turns out to be the island of Malta, where they spend the winter (Paul gets bitten by an apparently poisonous snake and everyone is surprised that he survives). Eventually they all make it to Rome and Paul spends another two years preaching under loose house arrest, apparently not going before Caesar (a long waiting list?).

Acts 24-26

Dec. 30th, 2010 12:49 pm
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Paul has a trial and then they wait for Lysias to come before deciding the case, this apparently takes over two years and Paul is kept under guard (with some freedoms) for that time and he never comes anyway.

The various Roman leaders debate about what to do with Paul, they can't see he's done anything wrong, just caused a disagreement over a few points of law within the religion. Paul asks to be sent before Caesar.

Paul likes telling the story of how he came to be following Jesus rather than killing the followers. He is accused of being insane, but claims to be speaking true and rational words.

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