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JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH: AN INVITATION TO ALL OF MANKIND DUE TO CHRIST’S CRUCIFIXION
Religion and Theology
Pages 9 (2259 words)
The context and audience of Paul’s epistle to the Romans reveals an important theological theme; justification by faith. In the letter, Paul addresses both Gentile Christians and Jewish Christians in relation to the issue of the Mosaic Law and Christian salvation and through exploring these he brings out the avenue for which gentiles and every other person in the world is to be justified to belong to the Kingdom of God through Christ. …
The centrality of the theme of justification by faith in Paul’s letter to the Roman Christians is therefore evident and an explorative discussion of this theme in the study of the letter is thus in order. Paul lets us know that all are justified by faith because of what happened to Christ on the Cross regardless of being a Gentile or Jew.
An exegesis of Paul’s letter to the Romans around the theme of justification by faith would ideally require a justification for the choice of this theme. A background on the entire setting of the Bible reveals that the Old Testament was centred upon God’s intervention on the plight of the Israelites through a Messiah and at the time of Paul’s influence the Jews were still waiting for this to happen. Throughout Paul’s letters and especially in Romans he proclaims two things that give the basis for justification by faith. First, God has already intervened through sending Jesus Christ as prophesised in the Old Testament and secondly, belonging to the Kingdom of God is not a preserve for the Jews alone. Through faith, all of us can experience the righteousness of God regardless of being Jew or Gentile. ...
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