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F.F. Bruce on Paul’s Gospel

1 Corinthians

Paul’s insistence on ‘knowing nothing’ among the Corinthians ‘except Jesus Christ and him crucified’ (1 Corinthians 2:2) had some regard to the intellectual climate of the city. As he came to know something of the Corinthians’ reverence for the current wisdom, he stressed that element in the gospel for which current wisdom could have no place: what more abject spectacle of folly and helplessness could be imagined than a crucified man? A crucified deliverer was to Greeks an absurd contradiction in terms, just as to Jews a crucified Messiah was a piece of scandalous blasphemy. But as Paul persisted in preaching Jesus as the crucified Saviour and sin-bearer, the unexpected happened: pagans, as well as Jews and God-fearers, believed the message and found their lives transformed by a new, liberating power, which broke the stranglehold of selfishness and vice and purified them from within. The message of Christ crucified had thus accomplished something which no body of Greek philosophic teaching could have done for them.

–F.F. Bruce, Paul: Apostle of the Heart Set Free

I would like to post more on this in the near future.

I got Paul by F.F. Bruce for $1

Paul Apostle of the Heart Set Free

I got Paul Apostle of the Heart Set Free by F.F. Bruce for $1 from a resale shop today. Having a low book budget I feel very blessed. Has anyone read it? I would imagine I’ll use it for reference as opposed to reading the whole thing like I usually do.