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“For In Hope We Were Saved”

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Pauls utterance for in hope we were saved juxtaposes hope, which relates to the future, with salvation of those in Christ. Due to lack of clarification on the extension of both expressions, the author refrains from using the umbrella terms apocalyptic and eschatology in this chapter. In the letter to the Romans, the present is determined in a twofold way: the proclamation of Gods good news positively qualifies the present as time of salvation, and the revelation of his expected wrath and righteous verdict qualifies the present human action negatively. Human future is divided between condemnation of the sinners and the redemption of the believers. An explication of the relationship between the past, present and future of those in Christ viz. the believers opens the possibility to explore the relationship between views about the end and baptism, hope, Israel and finally the ethos the letter propagates.

Keywords: condemnation; Pauls letter; Roman Christians; salvation



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