A Living Epistle

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Have you ever thought that your post could be a living epistle?

Studying the life & ministry of Paul the apostle, is enlightening. The letters gives us clues to his nature and attitude as a apostle.

The apostle Paul was very much seen as a well learnt man, empowered by God. His encounter with christ lead him to Arabia for three years learning about Jesus. Reading the letters Paul wrote to the Corinthians, he addressed the internal issues at Corinth, which gives us insight to the person Paul was.

2Cr 10:1 By the meekness and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you–I, Paul, who am “timid” when face to face with you, but “bold” when away!

2Cr 10:2 I beg you that when I come I may not have to be as bold as I expect to be toward some people who think that we live by the standards of this world.

Bacisly paul didn’t want to get gritty with the Corinthians when he arrived there. Dealing with this issues he recognised there were problems.This is why he sent a letter before himself to address the condition of the community.
They were living according to the worlds standards mixing pagan beliefs with their Christianity, causing the community to become unsettled.

What Paul was saying he would prefer to be bold toward them in letter, as some believed Paul wasn’t a reflection of his powerful letters

2Cr 10:10 For some say, “His letters are weighty and forceful, but in person he is unimpressive and his speaking amounts to nothing.”

2Cr 10:11Such people should realize that what we are in our letters when we are absent, we will be in our actions when we are present.

Paul was a real reflection as a apostle. This reflected in his epistle letter. Paul gave such clarity to historical scripture also wisdom and truth to the community believers. This was the substance in his letters to the churches.

In the first century there were many false apostle and people sending letters. Paul mentioned that we are epistles known not just for our letters also by our conduct

2cr 3:2 You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men;
2Cr 3:3 clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, [that is], of the heart
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In conclusion to my original point, your post might be considered as epistle, as we contain the substance of what we believe is expressed in our writing.

fellowship is life

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