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Salvation in Colossians and Ephesians

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The letters to the Colossians and Ephesians enrich the understanding of the New Testament message of salvation in unique ways. The world, once considered to be a well ordered cosmos, had come to be apprehended as a cosmic prison superintended by hostile spiritual presences. In asserting the supremacy of Christ, the letter to the Colossians turns the interest of its readers away from cosmological speculation and fear to the centrality of forgiveness and salvation. The letter to the Ephesians sets the power of God's salvation over and against the cosmic powers and emphasizes that believers have been resurrected and exalted with Christ to a position of power and authority far superior to the hostile cosmic powers. The message of salvation in both these letters addresses the "Weltangst" of a Hellenistic world in a decisive and comforting way.

Keywords: Colossians; cosmological speculation; Ephesians; Hellenistic world; New Testament; salvation



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