Paul's View of the "Law" as seen primarily in Galatians and Romans

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Contents Introduction 2 Law in the Early Church 2 Paul’s Views on the Law 3 Pauls Views on Righteousness and Law 7 Paul’s Views on Law as a Condition to Salvation 7 Pauls Views on Law as a Gauge of Morality 8 The Role of the Law in Paul’s Gospel 8 Application of Pauline Epistles to Modern Christians 9 Conclusion 9 Bibliography 10 Paul’s View of the Law as in his Letters to the Galatians and the Romans Introduction Paul was an extremely important part of the early Church and provided it with strong traditions that persist to the modern day…

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Paul’s overwhelming view that total coherence to the laws and abiding them in letter and spirit was not physically possible for everyone relies on the assumption that human beings are weak by design. Keeping this in mind, Paul contended that human beings have a duty to the Lord above their duty to laws enforced by human beings such as the Jews. He felt that the principles of exclusion used by the Jewish tradition to limit laws to themselves were nothing more than attempts at limiting salvation to themselves. In comparison to the rigid and orthodox views on the law, Paul presents a more balanced approach. Given the shortage of early written tradition from Paul’s times, it is pertinent to use any available sources to document Paul’s views on law. One possible source for extracting such information are the letters addressed by Paul to the Romans and the Galatians. Taking into consideration pieces of Paul’s work such as Gal 3:1-14 provides a useful understanding on the exact views of Paul on the law. ...
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