18 March 2010

Stuhlmacher: Paul: Sin

Peter Stuhlmacher's description of Paul's new understanding, after the Damascus Road, of sin as more than rule-breaking:

Sin is more than mere violation of commandments. . . . Sin according to the letters of Paul is knowingly embraced from the time of Adam, and since his trespass all mankind has willingly taken on the impulse to disregard the will of God and to lead one's own might life in distance from God; sin is guilt and at the same time destiny and, in fact, has unmistakable and disastrous consequences. (Stuhlmacher, Biblische Theologie des Neuen Testaments [2005], 1:278)

But where sin abounded, grace hyper-abounded . . . (Rom 5:20)

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