The interaction between law and love in the Pauline writings

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dc.contributor.advisor Prof. J.A. du Rand en_US
dc.contributor.author Mbedzi, Pandelani Paul
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-12T12:12:26Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-12T12:12:26Z
dc.date.issued 2012-09-12
dc.date.submitted 2000
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/7657
dc.description D.Phil. et Litt. en_US
dc.description.abstract The interaction between law and love in Pauline writing has been an interesting topic, where we have discovered that the law of God cannot be separated from his agape love, which has followed mankind from creation and eventually leads him to eternity. We discovered that the law of God reveals God's character and that is his love. The Law of God and His Love are one and cannot be separated from each other. God gives the law to prove to man that he loves him deeply and eternally. When Jesus Christ died on the cross of Calvary, He died because of the love for his created beings and the law that was broken and could not be altered or changed without the shedding of blood. The redemption of the sinner had to be made possible through the shedding of blood by the one who had not broken God's law. The love and death of Jesus can only be understood through the plan of salvation, which is the interaction between law and love as exposed in Pauline writings. This is a mystery of the wonderful love of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is wonderful to discover the way Paul blends the law and love in a way that it makes it hard to separate the two. If not carefully studied, one would not be able to see this fact in Pauline writings. The Law of God is actually the expression of His love to us. He would like. us to love Him by keeping the first four commandments and loving our fellow man by keeping the last six of the Ten Commandments. We need to have a positive outlook on the law, so that we may love to do God's will and honour Him because He loved us dearly and did not spare His own son for our redemption. The plan of redemption was born out of the eternal love of God towards humanity that could not be measured by anything on earth and in Heaven. In chapter one and two, we look at the overview of law and love in Pauline writings. The Pauline framework, its theology and the ethics of law and love. The whole plan of salvation for all humanity and how God loves all His creation. Although God had a chosen people through Abraham, He only wanted to make His love known throughout the world and all generations. God had always had His special people through whom He made His love and care known although they sometimes failed to is do His will. Like the children of Israel failed him throughout the ages and He has always been patient with them until they killed Jesus on the Cross. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Bible N.T. -- Criticism, interpretation, en_US
dc.subject Bible N.T. Epistle of Paul -- Criticism, interpretation en_US
dc.subject Love -- Biblical teaching en_US
dc.subject Jewish law -- History. Bybel. N.T. en_US
dc.title The interaction between law and love in the Pauline writings en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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