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Paul's Summons to Messianic LifePolitical Theology and the Coming Awakening$
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L. Welborn

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231171311

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231171311.001.0001

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Paul's Summons to Messianic Life

L. L. Welborn

Columbia University Press

This chapter addresses the following questions: How does an awakening among those who have discerned the kairos make it possible to fulfill the command to love the neighbor? Or how does the eschatological faith professed in Romans 13:11–14 empower the political ethics enjoined in Romans 13:8–10? Or, once again, how does the messianic temporality of awakened being liberate persons so that they may obligate themselves to mutual love? It argues that in the broader context of Romans 12–15, Paul spells out the implications for life in the messianic community. Because the measure of communal identity and ethics is now the self-sacrificial love of Messiah Jesus, there is no longer any basis in law or custom for judging one another (Romans 14). Radical hospitality, welcome without conditions, is the law of the new life in the Messiah.

Keywords:   awakening, kairos, love the neighbor, Romans 13, Pauline eschatology, political ethics, eschatological faith, messianic temporality

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