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Romans 5: Jesus As The Center Of God's Salvific Process And Its Result

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In Romans 5, Paul explains the meaning and implication of the centrality of Jesus. Rom 5:1-11 also shows the salvific interactive paradigm between God and humans. In this paradigm, God appears as the divine agent, who initiates and performs the salvific process, and humans, especially believers, as both the recipients of the goal of such a process and the respondents to it. Rom 5:12-21 is composed of ten primary, sixteen secondary, and six embedded clauses. Within this division, there appear at least five participants in this subunit: Adam, Moses, all humans, God, and Jesus. Among them, Adam and Jesus come out as the major figures. Paul keeps his concentration on the comparison between Adam and Jesus. Particularly, the repetitive content of the comparison demonstrates that his real interest is in the reversal of the human situation from the legacy of Adam's sinful disobedience to that of Jesus' obedience.

Keywords: Adam's sinful act; God's salvific process; Jesus; Paul's gospel; Rom 5:1-11; Romans 5

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