By Beverly Roberts Gaventa
Romans 5-8 revolve round God's dramatic cosmic job and its implications for humanity and all of production. Apocalyptic Paul measures the facility of Paul's rhetoric in regards to the courting of cosmic strength to the legislations, interpretations of righteousness and the self, and the hyperlink among grace and obedience. A revealing learn of Paul's figuring out of humanity in gentle of God's apocalyptic motion via Jesus Christ, Apocalyptic Paul illuminates Romans 5-8 and indicates how serious this ignored a part of Romans used to be to Paul's literary undertaking.
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Ephesians and Colossians, too, are certain that wrath, rather than a place in God’s kingdom, awaits the “children of disobedience” (Eph 5:5-6; Col 3:6). The conversation on these issues continues,18 but this chapter must not. I conclude by listing five points that seem accurately to reflect Paul’s thinking on our topic, whatever uncertainties remain. 1. The old age marred by sin is destined to give way to God’s new creation, a new age that has already dawned with the resurrection of Christ. 2. The new age can have no place for the sin that marred the old.
Recall that a positive response to the gospel proclaimed by Paul is often summed up as faith, but at other times as “receiving” (δέχομαι, λαμβάνω; the verbs are synonyms in 2 Cor 11:4) the message (1 Thess 1:6; 2:13) or the gospel (2 Cor 11:4); and with the reception of the message comes the reception of its benefits: grace (2 Cor 6:1), reconciliation (Rom 5:11), the spirit of adoption (Rom 8:15; cf. 1 Cor 2:12; Gal 3:2, 14), and so on. Presumably, the same steps are presupposed in Romans 5:15-19 as well: the reception of God’s overflowing grace and gift of righteousness (5:17) follows from the reception of the gospel in faith.
16 and 18), the reception of the gift of righteousness (v. 17), the constitution of the many as righteous (v. 19). The three expressions represent different ways of 36 Stephen Westerholm saying the same thing, which itself does not differ from what in verse 1 is referred to as being declared righteous. The forensic connotations usually found with the verb δικαιόω seem present throughout verses 15-19, as indicated by the noun δικαίωμα, contrasted as it is with the κατάκριμα, the condemnation that followed Adam’s sin.
Apocalyptic Paul: Cosmos and Anthropos in Romans 5-8 by Beverly Roberts Gaventa