Jephthah, a rare godly man in apostate Israel, is called from exile to defend the typical church. He makes a pious but rash vow and honours it with an obedience matched by his daughter. Not a human sacrifice, of course, but a challenge of commitment.
Here are the matters which should occupy the minds and plans of believers. ‘Whatsoever things are true’ refers to the spiritual realities which should be our chief concern, unless we are becoming pliable, indifferent and ambivalent concerning the service and standards of the Lord.
From the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to a life of commitment these chapters stir and encourage readers to advance spiritually. How may we ‘feel’ the presence of the Lord? What was Paul’s method for progress in holiness? And how may we sustain spiritual joy? These are among the themes of this tonic for present-day disciples of Christ.