Throughout the two chapters, i.e. 2:7, 2:14, 3:1, 3:8, 3:14, Paul suggests that believers have a pattern of good deeds in their life. The term “good deeds” in these verses refers to generous and helpful actions on behalf of the wider community. Why was this important in the 1st Century, and is it equally important for today’s church? Think about what you have done, and what you can continue to do.
Paul speaks of looking for the blessed hope, and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus. In light of God’s generous gift, we must be zealous for good deeds.
Although certainly as believers we believe slavery to be wrong, Paul addresses society as it was in the 1st Century Roman Empire. Paul is saying that disobedience isn’t the answer. As believers, we should protest against the abuses within the system, and try to change the system whenever possible. As believers, we should be problem solvers rather than troublemakers. Think about what you can do to make “Thy Kingdom Come” here and now.
- Pastor John