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Chapter Two: God

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Chapter Summary

Paul not only sees a sharp contrast between 'before' and 'after' in his own life, but, according to him, everyone who believes in God' s salvation, which appeared in history once and for always, a church which is convinced, as is the Apostle himself, that God who began a good work in them, will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ (Phil. 1: 6), will recognize this contrast. Many scholars, both theologians and classicists, have recognized the contrast between Christianity and the view of history taken by the ancient world. There is only a difference of opinion concerning the question whether or not philosophy of history was practised in antiquity. Behind Paul's central kerygma there is of course also a very particular proclamation concerning God: God acts according to his will for salvation.

Keywords: Apostle; Christianity; God; Paul; philosophy; salvation; Seneca

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