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Theological Themes (part 3)

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The fifth of five theological emphases in Paul's letters is how he addresses false teaching. This discussion begins by examining how Paul deals with the proper relationship between the visible and invisible world. The second part of the lecture focuses on the basic structure of Paul's theology, as well as some of the similarities and differences in content and style of the last nine books of the New Testament.


Theological Themes in Paul's Letters

Part 3

(The audio for Theme 4 through Theme 5 point B is not available)

VI. Theme 5: The Preservation of the Church from Theological Error

A. The Nature of the Final Day

1. The Resurrection

2. The Imminence of the End

B. The Criterion for Acquittal in God’s Court

1. Galatians, Philippians, and Romans focus on the criterion for entry into the eschatologically restored people of God.

2. What does Paul’s justification language mean?

3. How does “justification by faith in Christ’s death and through God’s grace” answer the problem in Galatia and the position of the unbelieving Jewish interlocutor in Romans?

C. The Relationship between the Visible and Invisible Worlds

1. Colossians

2. Ephesians

3. Pastoral epistles


VII. The Basic Structure of Paul’s Theology

A. The centrality of Christ in the restoration of creation

B. The comprehensiveness and seriousness of human sin.

C. The lavish response of God’s grace


The Unity and Theological Value of Hebrews to Revelation

Part 1

I. Is it legitimate to examine the last nine books of the New Testament together?

A. The homogeneity of the other two parts of the New Testament canon

B. The diversity of the books

1. Diversity of authors

2. Diversity of genres

C. Organizational schemes that fail

1. A scheme from the early church

2. “Early Catholicism”

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