By highlighting its immediate context, understanding Paul’s method of reasoning, and then considering the purpose of particular customs in church, we can understand what this passage meant in its time and how it can still be applied today.
Anointing the sick with oil may feel weird, but faithful theology isn’t about following our feelings.
When Peter said some things in Paul’s letters are hard to understand, he must’ve had this chapter in mind.
What could possibly be lacking in Christ’s afflictions? And in any case, how on earth could Paul fill them up?
Paul confronts two objections often raised against Calvinistic doctrine. And he doesn’t answer the way an Arminian would.