Paul’s understanding of the Christian life was dominated by the importance of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection, by means of which he saw God as having acted decisively to redeem the world. Paul emphasised that Jews and Gentiles alike are justified by faith, and share together in the glorious new era of the Holy Spirit, which is to be consummated at Christ’s return.
Those who participate in God’s new order are “in Christ”1Co 1:30See alsoRo 8:1-2; Eph 1:3-14 Paul extends the scope of the phrase “in Christ” to include believers, their activity, and the salvation they have received.
Dictionary of Bible Themes Scripture index copyright Martin H. Manser, 2009. As Editor, Martin Manser wishes to thank all those who compiled or edited the NIV Thematic Study Bible, on which this work is based.
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