A New Vision of Righteousness: Paul's Exhortations in Romans 12-15

Peter L. Samuelson

Article Type: Texts in Context

Publication Date: 7/1/1990

Issue: Church Talk: Slogans and Shibboleths (Vol. 10, No 3, Summer, 1990)

Gerhard Forde's question of "Now that you don’t have to do anything for salvation, what are you going to do?” drove the author of this article to Paul’s letter to the Romans, since it was Paul who came up with the formulation that “a person is justified by faith apart from works of the law” (Rom 3:28). His answer is found most explicitly in Romans 12-15, where Paul gives specific directives concerning Christian behavior. Selections from these chapters are heard as the second lesson on Pentecost 15, 16, and 17 in Series A. In these chapters, Paul draws a connection between the way we are saved and the way we act in the world, between justification and doing justice.

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