The Books of Philippians & Colossians: Joy and Completeness in Christ - Twenty-first Century Biblical Commentary  -     By: Robert Gromacki
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The Books of Philippians & Colossians: Joy and Completeness in Christ - Twenty-first Century Biblical Commentary

AMG Publishers / 2002 / Hardcover

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The book of Philippians is often referred to as the epistle of joy. According to Dr. Gromacki, Paul teaches that this joy comes from an understanding of who Christ is and what He has done for each believer, an emphasis on the gospel, and a proper motivation for our actions. Dr. Gromacki discusses the motivation of Paul: "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain" (1:21). Just as people think "golf" when the names Arnold Palmer or Tiger Woods are mentioned, so believers thought "Christ" when the name of Paul was mentioned. Paul wanted Christ to be magnified in his body, whether through living or dying for Him. The challenge to the reader is: What do people think of when they hear your name? Colossians contains a classic passage on the preeminence of Jesus Christ (1:14-22). Dr. Gromacki discusses the descriptive titles of Christ used in this passage: the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature, the head of the body, the beginning, and the firstborn from the dead. His is both the creator and sustainer of the universe. Both in the natural and the spiritual creations, Christ is sovereign and should have the preeminence. Dr. Gromacki also brings out the severe warning in Colossians against unguided human intellect or non-biblical philosophy (2:8). A genuine love for wisdom should lead to a perfect love for Christ (2:3).

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: AMG Publishers
Publication Date: 2002
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0899578152
ISBN-13: 9780899578156
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Series: Twenty-First Century Biblical Commentary

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ARE CHRISTIANS REALLY DIFFERENT THAN ANYONE ELSE?

WHAT DOES A REAL CHRISTIAN LOOK LIKE? What is Christianity really all about? Paul's letter to the Philippians and Colossians answer these ponderings through their unique emphasis on practical Christian living. These books present the basic beliefs of the Christians are to make those truths the foundation of everything they think and everything they do.

In Philippians, Dr. Gromacki uses Paul's teaching to show Christians how they should conduct themselves in times of suffering, in witnessing for Christ, in preserving unity, in overcoming anxiety, in imitating Christ, and in cultivating joy and peace in their lives.

In Colossians, Dr. Gromacki explains how Paul sets forth the sovereignty of Jesus Christ over all creation and the church, and in particular, over every individual person. The reader is brought face to face with the majesty and glory of Christ, and challenged to throw aside other worldviews and philosophies in order to live in holiness before the Lord.

In both these epistles, Paul seeks to turn the attention of believers away from their old, sinful lifestyle to newness in Christ. Believers are challenged to grab hold of the righteousness that is accredited by faith, that might know Christ, "and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death."

 

Author Bio

ROBERT GROMACKI is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Bible and Greek at Cedarville University, where he has taught for more than forty years. Outside of his ministry at Cedarville, he is perhaps best know for his New testament Survey, a major textbook in colleges and seminaries throughout the United States. His other publications include The Virgin Birth, Salvation is forever, and The Holy Spirit, a part of the Swindoll Leadership Library Series. Dr.Gromacki received Th.M from Dallas Theological Seminary and his Th.D from Grace Theological Seminary. For the last several years, Dr.Gromacki has served as pastor of Grace Community Church in Washington Court House, Ohio.

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"The godly men involved in the Twenty-First Century Biblical Commentary Series are dedicated to the inspiration of Scripture and to the blessed hope of the return of the Lord. Without hesitation, I commend the work for Sunday school teachers, pastor, and all interested students of the Bible."

Dr. Paige Patterson, Southeastern Baptist Theological Series.


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