By one scholar’s count, one-third of the New Testament is made up of letters to the churches. That this much space takes up the canon of the new covenant attests to the importance of how the saints should conduct themselves in God’s household (1 Tim 3.15). It is of no little interest to God how the church lives in the world and demonstrates its love to one another (1 Pet 1.22). These letters reveal what was taught in all the churches (1 Cor 4.17, 7.17) and what was expected of them as God’s people. The letters teach us that holiness is not only essential (1 Pet 1.14-17), but has definite contours, with truths, principles and commandments that apply to all ages, everywhere.

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