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Die 'evangelie' van Paulus

A. G. van Aarde

Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 23, No 2 (2002), 516-532. doi: 10.4102/ve.v23i2.1222

Submitted: 07 August 2002
Published:  07 August 2002


The 'gospel' of Paul
This article focuses on Paulís use of the term 'gospel'. It argues that the 'gospel of Christ' is Godís power for the recreation of humankind. Paul is Christís apostle who is sent to proclaim this message. The message is the 'gospel of God' and its proclamation is Godís dynamic act of recreation. The 'truth' of the gospel is that people do not need to seek salvation in anything transient. According to Paul, such a view is sin. A 'material relationship' exists between Paulís 'gospel' and the historical Jesusí 'subversive wisdom' which he expressed through his sayings and deeds. The center of the gospel is that God sends Jesus who, through his death and resurrection, terminates the old dispensation and inaugurates the new. However, the historical Jesus did not see his own death as Godís act of terminating the sinful dispensation. The reaction required by the 'gospel'of Paul is to accept and live by it. Paul calls this commitment 'faith'.

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A. G. van Aarde, Universiteit van Pretoria, South Africa



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