Romans 5-8 as Pastoral Theology

Stanley N. Olson

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 10/1/1986

Issue: Romans (Vol. 6, No 4, Fall, 1986)

The unity and functions of the exhortation and assurance in Romans 5-8 are clarified when the section is understood as pastoral theology. From shared foundational commitments, Paul responds to problems facing Christians in Rome. Specifically, he addresses the existential reality of suffering and sin. Paul faces these problems from a confident stance in grace. His purpose is to confirm his readers in that same stance and thereby aid them in their specific difficulties.

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