Romans is a clear exposition on the sinner’s lost condition
And God’s redeeming grace in providing eternal salvation,
New believers identify with Christ as the Holy Spirit enables
Mature believers gain ground in the doctrinal and practical.
1st Corinthians shows some problems in the early church
And the Apostle Paul’s handling in the Spirit’s light,
In this book as well is the greatest essay on love
As well as the gifts of the believers as given from above
2nd Corinthians is generally perceived as a difficult book
Appearing rather personal and seemingly from the heart,
These difficulties do not obscure the essential basic truths
And once one decides to study he’ll learn that from the start.
The epistle to the Galatians fulfills a critical role
And clears the air between the law and the gospel of grace,
It is an effort to save Christianity from a sect of legalism
That renders it mere form with grace removed without a trace.
Ephesians is a sermon on how a believer should behave
Cognizant of the investment God made in him by Christ,
The riches of God’s grace, the forgiveness of his sins
And much more is the believer’s through Christ’s sacrifice.
Philippians describes the simplicity of the early church life
The hallmark of which is unity through humility,
Jesus is held up as the epitome of such an attribute
As he suffered death upon the cross in ridicule and agony.
In Colossians the Apostle Paul counteracts some errors
By highlighting the Person and work of the Lord Jesus;
Gnosticism, Legalism and Mysticism were rife
But Christ sufficiency in the believer was the essential thrust.
In 1st Thessalonians unbelieving Jews accused believers
For having turned the world upside down
Sanctification, love and hope are some of its several themes
The Christian life and the day of the Lord are others that abound.
2nd Thessalonians enlightens about the day of the Lord
And some believers then felt his return was imminent,
They had become idle and particularly fearful
And setting the record straight became Paul’s intent.
1st Timothy is a classic manual for an aspiring pastor
And sets out the Christian’s standard for required behavior,
False teachers to be silenced and give thanks to God for grace
Apostasy and the love of money should not be taking place.
2nd Timothy is the call to a life of enduring fidelity
This was the admonition given by Paul to young Timothy
For some had departed from the faith and also from the truth
So the Apostle saw the need to warn of the coming apostasy.
Stewart Russell © 2017