๐Ÿ’ก๐Ÿ‘‘ Are You A Pauline Epistle?

โ€œYe are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all menโ€ (II Cor. 3:2).

Since the Corinthians were saved by Paulโ€™s gospel (I Cor. 15:1-4), the apostle calls themย his epistles. Webster said that an epistle is โ€œa writingโ€ฆ communicating intelligence to a distant person.โ€ Surely the โ€œintelligence,โ€ i.e., theย informationย that the Corinthians communicated to the world was that even the most sinful of men could be justified by Godโ€™s grace (I Cor.ย 6:9-11).

But if Paul could say to the Corinthians, โ€œye areย ourย epistle,โ€ why does he go on to say that they were โ€œmanifestly declared to be the epistle of Christโ€ (II Cor.ย 3:3)? Ah, a letter written by an apostle under the inspiration of the Spirit was a letter from Christ! And since everyone who is saved today is also saved as a result of having believed Paulโ€™s gospel,ย you tooย are a Pauline epistle! And so the debate over whether Paul wrote 14 or just 13 epistles is over! The apostle pennedย millionsย of letters over the past many centuries.

It has often been said that you are the only Bible that some people will ever read, and this is sadly so. What a responsibility this places on us to live lives worthy of the Lord! Handwriting experts can tell who a letter is from by the way the iโ€™s are dotted and the tโ€™s are crossed, etc. Can men tell who sentย you, Christian friend? Are you dotting all the iโ€™s and crossing all the tโ€™s when it comes toย godliness? Many Christians who wouldnโ€™t dream of corrupting theย writtenย word of God found in Paulโ€™s epistles (II Cor.ย 2:17) carelessly corrupt theย livingย epistles of their lives by inconsistent godliness. Remember, letters donโ€™t get time off! They read the same today as they did yesterday, and we too should be as consistent in our Christian testimony. If you are holyย on Sundayย and a holy terror the rest of the week, this is unacceptable to God (Rom. 12:1,2).

Since the epistle of our life is โ€œknownย and readย of all menโ€ (II Cor. 3:2), we want to make sure we donโ€™t give men a faultyย โ€œreadingโ€ย of Christ. All men understand by the stars that God exists, as the stars too are known and read of all men (Psa. 19:1-3). But while all men understand by the stars that Godย exists, all men understand byย usย whatย kindย of God He is. When we liveย โ€œsoberly, righteously, and godlyโ€ย (Titusย 2:12), we prove to others what is acceptable to the Lord (Eph. 5:8-10). source

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