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Creation and redemption according to Paul's theology

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Cosmic Christology is not confined to Pauline Antilegomena. It is present in the letter which unquestionably the apostle Paul wrote to Roman Christians. What is to be made of this cosmic theme depends on such methodological judgments as were observed in this chapter. The axiomatic character of Jesus' lordship for Paul has been well established. The descriptions of God's redemptive purpose at work in creation are not mere reflections of the inner working of redemption in the "heirs", but are rather descriptions of a reality alongside the reality of the Christian's freedom, even in suffering, for glory. For Paul that lordship was neither a speculative matter of cosmology nor a subjective phenomenon of inner experience of justification alone. Christ's lordship in both creation and redemption cannot be avoided in Paul's thought. The central focus of his thought is that of lordship and neither creation alone nor redemption alone.

Keywords: Antilegomena; Cosmic Christology; Pauline; redemption; Roman Christians



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