By Graham Tomlin
Pauls letters to the Philippians and Colossians have a good time the respect and supremacy of Jesus Christ and his saving paintings, a chorus that the reformers by no means grew bored with making a song. whereas their tones are varied, the readability in their compositions and the facility in their voices nonetheless reverberate today.
Reformation commentators chanced on the most issues of those Pauline letters deeply appropriate to their situations, and quantity editor Graham Tomlin urges that they're simply as suitable to our personal: Philippians overflows with thanksgiving in the middle of persecution and trials; Colossians defends the prevalence of Jesus as Lord over all principalities and powers. For the Reformers in addition to for Paul, all goodness and style flows from Christ in whom "all the fullness of God was once happy to live" (Col 1:19), the Son who "made himself not anything" (Phil 2:7) on the way to carry many daughters and sons to glory.
This quantity assembles a various refrain spanning position, time, and confessional transformations: from Italian Reform-minded Catholic Gasparo Contarini and German Lutheran Martin Chemnitz, to Dutch Anabaptist Menno Simons, to French Reformed Theodore Beza and English Puritan Richard Sibbes. students and pastors alike will locate many fruitful insights from those and several major figures--most of whom get pleasure from clean translations from the unique, many for the 1st time in English.