In 4:6-8, Paul writes his famous epitaph:
For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
In today’s world, with 24/7 access to nearly infinite amounts of information and commentary, it has become very easy to avoid dissenting points of view.
Compare this state of affairs to 4:1-4.
Read 3:1-5 and imagine a time that isn’t like the “last days.”
I don’t understand what Paul means in 2:11-13:
Here is a trustworthy saying:
If we died with him,
we will also live with him;
if we endure,
we will also reign with him.
If we disown him,
he will also disown us;
if we are faithless,
he remains faithful,
for he cannot disown himself.
The last five lines sound contradictory and don’t make sense to me.
What do you think?
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