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Romans & Galatians
Azusa Pacific University
Dr. Kathryn Smith
February 21, 2002
"Romans 5:12-6:23"

I.   Paul and Baptism
A.   Metaphor of baptism as death
B.   For Paul, baptism was a micro issue
1.   Law and sin function at the macro level
2.   But that does not help me at the micro level
3.   Do not substitute the macro for the micro - Paul Warns in vs. 13: "No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought form death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness."
4.   Sin give you death - grace gives you life
II.   Paul the Letter Writer (see session 7 also)
A.   Powerful nature of the letter
B.   Public nature of the letter
C.   Paul's Presence in the letter
D.   Parenesis (exhortation) in the letter
III.   Paul the Theologizer
A.   No systematic theology
1.   He thinks as he writes
2.   ad hoc (theology on the fly)
a.   Not less than other writers
b.   If anything, Paul isn't caught up how to theological, but rather practical
B.   Underlying beliefs (presuppositions)
1.   God is one
2.   God is Israel's God
3.   God is a faithful covenant partner
4.   God will one day vindicate Israel
5.   Christ died and was resurrected
6.   Believers participate in Christ through baptism
7.   Gentile believers are "adopted" family members along with Jews
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