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The Christian's freedom of speech in the new testamen

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The "freedom of speech" is directed towards the proclamation of the Gospel. It is not a quality of Paul himself. In the dangers of his imprisonment he asks for the intercessions of his brethren that it may be given to him. The wonderful secret of God's work must be set forth in complete openness. In surveying these Pauline texts we see that "freedom of speech" is never mentioned in connection with virtues, not even among the gifts of the Spirit in Galatians v. It is very closely linked with the preaching of the Gospel, with the open proclamation of the divine Mystery, or the divine triumph. This evangelical freedom of speech shows the message crystal-dear, without admixture; it gives an open character to the relation of the apostle with his fellow-Christians.

Keywords: apostle; Christian; freedom of speech; Gospel; Pauline texts; Spirit



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