While wrestling with what to post as an encouragement to Christian writers; I am reminded of the Apostle Paul who wrote at least three of his seven letters or treatise to the church while in prison. His environment was much cruder and crueler than ours today. Yet he found the stamina and faithfulness to write these letters as a testament to the LORD.
We must also note the Apostle was not one of the original twelve. He did not have the privilege of walking and talking with the LORD as did the others. After all Paul was a Roman citizen. He had a reputation of persecuting Christians and was on his way with letters to persecute more when he had the revelation of the LORD on the road to Damascus. (Acts 9:3-9)
This introduction left Paul blind. Significance being he was blind in the spirit as to the truth of Jesus Christ. Once the scales were removed from his eyes he’d become a new creature in Christ. So now instead of persecuting the people of God he was promoting the Word of God. (Acts 9:18-21)
Which brings us to his writings. Philippians, Philemon, and Colossians were believed to have been written while Paul was in prison. These letters Paul wrote while a prisoner are the latest of his writings that are forever fixed in the New Testament. They are a representation of his most mature thoughts concerning the meaning of Christianity and for that reason are extremely valuable. Although he addresses particular problems in local churches. His main topic of discussion is the significance of Jesus’ life as it relates to the salvation of humanity and its place in the scheme of the entire universe.
These letters are also of interest because they reveal the changes that took place in Paul’s own thinking during the years following his conversion to Christianity. The most profound change is attested in these later writings reveals the fact Paul no longer speaks about the end of the age in terms of devastation to the Jews. His teaching pronounces how the indwelling of the Spirit of Christ facilitates a different quality of living when a person’s life is transformed by it.
This is why it is important for Christian writers to write at this time. You may be shut up in your air conditioned well lit home with a phenomenal view. A far cry from Paul’s prisons. Thank God for a safe haven of comfort. And in this thanks, you may have had a personal experience with Christ that needs to be shared with others. So they can find hope in an hour of darkness and see how they too may be transformed by the Spirit of the living God.
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