Paul is not writing to you!

Brilliant. The mantra (“Corporate, corporate, corporate… Paul is not writing to you!“) of a former teacher is ringing in my ears after viewing this 5-minute clip of a Gordon Fee lecture/sermon on “Being the People of God in Unity and Community”, set to visuals.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgNmr8nvNgY]

It is so easy to slip into an individualistic interpretation of Paul, but almost invariably he is writing to churches, not individuals (except when specifically noted in his greetings and endings). I need to explore more of Fee’s writing along this line.

HT: James Bradford Pate / Bryan L

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  1. Posted March 2, 2008 at 10:28 PM | Permalink

    I never saw Paul’s letters as being applicable to the body but rather to the individual. Now more than before I see his writings to the person rather than the body because of Reformed Theology.

    The use of the pronouns in Romans 8 & 9 clearly are meant to the individual, it would turn the passages upside down if they weren’t .