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26 “Christ Jesus Came into the World to Save Sinners”: Soteriology in the Pastoral Epistles

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The theology of the Pastoral Epistles (PE) is fundamentally theocentric. God is concerned with the salvation of all people, and he allowed his saving grace to appear in Christ. A summary of the soteriology of the PE can begin with the observation that the PE present Jesus Christ as the sole mediator between God the Savior and mankind, who gave himself as a ransom to redeem us from iniquity, and it is through faith in him that people are saved. The Epistle to Titus is frequently described as being, like 1 Timothy, a rudimentary church order. In fact, its main purpose, broadly speaking, is moral exhortation, and its style, more precisely, is paraenetic.

Keywords: Jesus Christ; pastoral epistles (PE); soteriology



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