Writers of the New Testament, and their “Purple passages”
A “Purple passage is a selection of phrase which expresses a writer's best ideas in rich and clear sentences.
There are eight writers of the New testament. Some give us several such passages.
For our spring series, we have selected only one or two of the best “Purple passages per writer.
The Apostle Paul :
I Corinthians 13, the greatest discourse on love ever written.
Verse three says: “ If I give my possessions to the poor, but have not love, I am nothing."
John, one of the 12 disciples:
I John 4:12, “no one has ever seen God, but if we love one another, God lives in us.”
“God is Love” in John's definition of God.
The Apostle James : , brother of Jesus, bishop of Jerusalem: Chapter 2 : 14,17 ,
“what good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but no deeds? Faith by itself if not accompanied by deeds is dead”
The Apostle Jude, another brother of Jesus :
an example of a faithful layman, of little speech and who wrote sparingly, but has given us a great Doxology ( 1:24):
“ To him who is able to keep you from falling, and to present you before his glorious presence without fault, to the only God his glory Majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forever more. Amen”
Please note : A disciple means a “ pupil” and refers to the 12 disciples of Jesus. An Apostle means ones sent out to spread the Good News. Best example of apostle is St Paul, or the Apostle Paul