The conception of authority in the Pauline writings
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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC
By: Alonzo Willard Fortune
Excerpt from book: CHAPTER II DOCTRINAL ELEMENTS IN PAUL'S WRITINGS Paul wrote, not as a theologian, but as a religious teacher, and the one who studied his writings to find a system of theology would fail to understand him. Not even in Romans did he attempt to state his doctrine in systematic form. He was, first of all, a missionary, and all his letters had a missionary purpose. But while Paul did not write as a theologian, he did have his theology, and his doctrine is manifest in all his letters. Our present task is to make a brief study of some of the most important of these doctrinal conceptions to determine the sources from which he derived them. Our purpose is not to make an exhaustive study of Paul's doctrine, but merely to investigate the most important of these as they are related to his conception of authority. This will be done under the following heads: his conception of God, of man and his world, of Christ, of the new life, and of future things. His Conception Stated Paul made many references to God, but his idea is perhaps indicated as much by what is implied as by what is stated. He taught that God is one (Gal. 3:20: I Cor. 8:6). While there are many so-called gods, yet in reality there is only one God. God is living and true (I Thess. 1:9). He is not of wood and stone like the gods of the heathen. He was the creator of heaven and earth. All things are from him (I Cor. 8:6), and all things belong to him (I Cor. 10:26). He thought of God as existing in heaven from whence he sent forth his Son (Gal. 4:4), and yet he believed he had a vital connection with earth, and especially with the people on earth. He was the God of Israel in a peculiar sense, for he entered into a special covenant relation with them, and gave them the oracles (Rom. 3:2: 9:4, 5). But while he was the God...