Many schools no longer teach cursive. Children are so keyboard literate it seems the only use for cursive is to sign one’s name. I always despised penmanship class. We had to make endless ovals which for me always looked like a tornado on its side as the ovals got progressively smaller as they approached the right hand side of the page. Paul had Tertius write for him. However he did write the closing lines in his letters. “I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand, which is the distinguishing mark in all my letters. This is how I write.” 2 Thessalonians 3:17.
I wonder how much Paul would have left us had he a computer. It does seem that we are missing one of his letters to Corinth. Many scholars believe II Corinthians should be III Corinthians. Had he the tools to send out a thousand emails each evening I’m sure we would have lots of details regarding his adventurous travels spreading the Good News. I wish we knew more about Tertius. Was he merely a recorder or did they discuss the wording of passages in Romans?
I am most grateful to be able to use modern technology to tell you how much Jesus loves you. My sorrow is my lack of grasping the deeper things, the mysteries, of which Paul speaks. His mind was amazing. Romans 5, 6, 7 and 8 make my mind swirl with an attempt to grasp Paul’s depth. Even Peter speaks of struggling to understand. See II Peter 3:16.
Suffice it to say we are thankful to know the basics. We are sinners. Jesus’ death enables the Father to lavish us with grace and we are saved. That’s enough for now. Probably would be enough forever, but more we shall know.
Written by Roger Bothwell on October 25, 2016