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As is already clear, we are focusing on the Apostle Paul's words found in the Bible. But we do so understanding that Paul is an apostle; "...that is, as he is an instrument of God's revelation, authorized by the exalted Christ, for attesting and interpreting salvation manifested in Christ." (BFNBS, pg 7)
There are at least two crucial implications we can draw from this. First, this is not some isolated academic or practical study we are about. When dealing with God's very Word we are dealing with God Himself as speaker. We are responsible to Him for how we understand Paul. Care must be taken. Second, these letters of Paul with which we will occupy ourselves, are God's Word, "...focused on [the] climactic deed" (BFNBS, pg 7) of the coming of Christ and the salvation He brought with Him.
We will be referring a lot to the Apostle Paul as he writes about the work of Jesus. Take care to remind yourself that we tread on the holy ground of God's Word and God's Deed in and through Christ.