Book Review: Spirituality According to Paul

Spirituality According to Paul
By Rodney Reeves
IVP Academic, 2011

Paul is the Apostle to the Gentiles, trying to explain to a bunch of heathen scum why the Jewish Messiah should mean anything to them. Paul tells Gentiles to imitate him as he imitates Christ.

What an odd idea! Isn’t that a tad arrogant?

Not really, because Paul is trying to show Gentiles, who probably weren’t paying attention to Jesus and have little knowledge of the Old Testament Law, what it means to follow Christ.

The summation of spirituality for Paul is death, burial and resurrection. These ideas make up the three parts of the book with ample scriptural citations to back up each point. Being joined with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection carries implications in what it means to follow Paul as he follows Christ.

Reeves does a great job of capturing the reality of what it means to follow Christ in the Gospel. This book is not so much focused on Pauline Theology as it is a look at the practical implications for life his teaching has.

It’s a good read and very thought-provoking. I recommend it highly.

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