Epistles of Thomas

October 28, 2008

Romans 4-6

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In chapter four Paul continues to explain the relationship between salvation as a Jew or a Gentile. He must reconcile the fact that for centuries only Jews, descended from Abraham, have been the children of God with the new reality that Gentiles are also members of the chosen people. How can they be without practicing Judaism, i.e. the Law? He explains that Abraham had faith that God would accomplish what he promised and Gentiles who also have this hope are in a similar position. “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand” (Rom 5:1-2). Jews and Gentiles are therefore equally accepted. Paul then explains the nature of sin previous to, during, and after the time of Law. However, he then must caution that even though grace abounds it does not mean that people can go on sinning (6:1-2). We have been set free from sin (v7). He then explains that the Gentiles need to repudiate their old lifestyle and turn from sin to righteousness. The benefit is holiness and the reward is eternal life (6:22).

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