Liberation from the Present Evil Age “In Christ”: Pauline Soteriology in the Epistle to the Galatians.

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Witthaya Phuttharaksa


          Generally, soteriology in the Epistle to the Galatians is mainly portrayed with juridical image. However, the group of biblical scholars who read Paul’s letters through apocalyptic perspective argues that he presents his soteriology in this letter with Jewish apocalyptic aspect as well. Throughout this letter, Paul also points out that salvation is the divine liberation from the evil powers and this liberation comes to humanity through our participation in Christ’s death and resurrection. Through our participation in Christ’s death, our old self was co-crucified with Christ and through our participation in Christ’s resurrection, we were raised to live our new life as the new creation. Moreover, Paul also points out that there is a transfer of believers from the present evil age to the new mode of existence “in Christ” which is the space where the evil powers are no longer a threat. In this new sphere of power, the believers will be ruled by divine power through the Holy Spirit. This apocalyptic soteriology is more appealing to Thais in their religious context, and it would be easier for them to accept and be relatable to the Gospel rather than the juridical soteriology.

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Phuttharaksa, W. (2023). Liberation from the Present Evil Age “In Christ”: Pauline Soteriology in the Epistle to the Galatians. Saengtham College Journal, 15(2), 23–36. Retrieved from
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