The Indispensable Circularity of Grace

Speaker(s): David deSilva
Date: Summer 2021
Length: 1h 17m
Product ID: RGDL5102L

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Since the Reformation, popular notions of God’s grace have strayed very far from Paul’s own. By far the most problematic conviction is that God's grace is “free” not merely in the sense that God was and is not under any constraint to show generosity towards human beings, but in the sense that it lays upon the recipients no obligation for the future. We will see how the circularity of grace was an essential element of grace relationships in Paul’s world, how the non-circularity of human responses to God's grace is the primary problem God seeks to overcome in Christ, and how the restoration of a proper circularity of grace and response is at the heart of what Paul believes God seeks to accomplish among the redeemed.

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David deSilva is Trustees’ Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary. His publications include commentaries on Hebrews, Galatians, Jude, and 4 Maccabees, as well as introductory textbooks on the New Testament and the Old Testament Apocrypha. He holds ordination in the United Methodist Church.

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