KEN: I want to welcome Dr. Richard Choi
to our studio today.
...Dr Choi is the assistant professor of New Testament interpretation at Andrews University, at the theological seminary there.
Welcome Dr. Choi.RICHARD
: Thank you!
: Yes, it's a book that provides comfort and encouragement to a congregation that was facing hostility and alienation from society.Becoming a Christian in the early Roman, 1st century involved shunning idolatry and immorality, and this caused many of them to lose friendship and family connections.So Paul wanted to provide an encouragement to these people.Now, in this book he
unfolds two secrets of comfort, and one is that joy as Galations 5:22 mentions, is the fruit of the spirit, not the result of an outward circumstance like having a nice home or a lot of money.
: Yes, in fact his
letters, particularly this one are his
proxies, or were proxies for his
presence, so he
wants to share a lot of things about his
life, about his
own experience in prison, about his
own psychological experiences.The letter is full of his
personal information, and it's also full of reminiscence about the experiences they had together in the early part of their Christian experience.So in an age where there was no e-mail or telephone, or modern postal service, these occasional letters delivered by the co-workers of Paul were important in the sharing of his
actual personal presence.So, it's probably a good thing to remember when you hear one of Paul's letters being read next time, that Paul really wanted you to feel like he
was speaking to you in person.These letters are proxies for his
: Well, in our troubled times today, I think this is a fitting vision to catch.
: This is a letter written to his
friends, and as a letter written to his
friends, the letter is full of joy and it is full of cordiality, and sometimes we face difficulties in life and we feel like we're under the gun, and for those people this letter can really bring joy to their lives.
Well, thanks very much for sharing with us Dr. Choi
, and God bless you as you continue to minister there.RICHARD
: Thank you!