- Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer
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This message, perhaps more than any other, involves the greatest mystery and the greatest faith. Objections to God’s justice are many: the suffering in this world; the supposed inequity in the doctrine of election and the sufferings of hell.
The doctrine of the Trinity—that God is “three in one”—is not a problem to be solved, but a doctrine to give us delight. (I’m indebted to Michael Reeves’ book The Good God for many of the insights in this message.)
There are those who criticize the doctrine of the Trinity; some point out that the word “trinity” does not appear in the Bible, while others accuse us of believing in three gods.
When Paul was converted the zeal that he previously had for Judaism was transformed into zeal for Christ and His Church. Paul learned, as we all should, that with faith in Christ death was not fearful, but welcome. As Paul comes to the close of his life he speaks with confidence.
Paul spent several years in jail, both in Caesarea and Rome. He did not see prison as a setback, but took every opportunity to share the Gospel and to write letters. This letter–the shortest book in the Bible–reflects the heart and mind of Paul regarding slavery and Christian charity.