Life in Christ Jesus: Reflections on Romans, 5-8

Life in Christ Jesus: Reflections on Romans, 5-8

Life in Christ Jesus: Reflections on Romans, 5-8

Life in Christ Jesus: Reflections on Romans, 5-8

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This text (Romans 5:1-5) is one of the most notable in the New Testament, and one of the most precious, not only because of the comprehensiveness of its description of the Christian life, but also because of the remarkable way in which it evokes the rich concrete meaning of that life as it is known by those who share in it. Justification by faith, peace with God, the Lord Jesus Christ, this grace in which we stand, joy, hope, endurance, love, the Holy Spirit -- all these terms, so important for Paul and recurring so often in his letters, are found here; and these themes are so expressed and so related to one another as to suggest the whole existential reality to which they belong. I have spoken of the enormous value and significance of the entire passage (Romans 5-8) which we are about to examine. This paragraph is more than an introduction to the passage; it is rather like the overture to a musical composition, in which all the themes to be developed in the work are brought briefly and creatively together to form a figure and a promise of the whole.

We begin, as of course we must, where we are: we have been "justified by faith." This somewhat perplexing phrase . . .

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