This commentary illuminates Paul's pastoral heart and strong leadership. It is part of a commentary series that interprets tthe books of the Bible from a Wesleyan perspective. While designed primarily with laypeople in mind-Sunday school teachers, Bible study leaders, students of the Word-pastors will also find it most helpful. Following the New International Version, each book of the Bible is explained paragraph by paragraph, illluminating the key concepts of each passage and how they relate to our lives and times today. At the same time, the authors slow down often to examine particular details and alternative understandings that are important for comprehending the bigger picture. This series offers insight into the Bible that will lead to a greater grasp of what the Bible says, its significance for our lives today, and further transformation into the image of Christ.
What is the message for believers today who, like the Galatians, have been called to salvation in "this present age of wickedness"? In studying Galatians, you will find a sincere attempt to answer this question as well as others that were critical to the people then, and to us today. Philippians offers a fresh understanding of the social situation and consequent pressures in Philippi in Paul's day. Paul holds up the humble submission of Christ as the pattern to be followed. The commentary thus seeks both to explain the meaning of the text and to show its application to the Church's life today. Colossians focuses on the all-sufficient Christ. The Lord Jesus deserves the place, not a place in the lives of Christians. The Colossian Christians were being diverted by alluring alternatives. Paul resisted this, as we must today in the face of extreme fundamentalisms and secular mysticisms. We must know the non-negotiable essence of the Christian gospel.
Earle L. Wilson has served as a General Superintendent of The Wesleyan Church for sixteen years. As a church leader, pastor, college president and professor of theology and homiletics, he is best known for his ability to communicate God's Word in an understandable and inspiring manner.