Original Research - Special Collection: Cosmological Perspectives

Creation and the revelation of God’s children: Liberation of enslaved bodies

Cilliers Breytenbach
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 47, No 2 | a681 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v47i2.681 | © 2013 Cilliers Breytenbach | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 December 2012 | Published: 07 August 2013

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Cilliers Breytenbach, Faculty of Theology, North-West University, South Africa and Institut für Christentum und Antike, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany


In the first part of the article the role of Romans 8:18–30, within Romans 5:1–8:39, is briefly discussed. In the second part a summary of the argument of Romans 7:7–17, as presupposition for the understanding of Romans 8:18–30, is given. In the third part a close reading of Romans 8:18–30 is given, followed by concluding remarks. The article illustrates that Paul’s line of thought moves from the future transformation of the believers to the transformation of the creation.

In die eerste deel van die artikel word die rol van Romeine 8:18–30 as deel van Romeine 5:1–8:39, kortliks bespreek. In die tweede deel word ‘n samevatting van die argument van Romeine 7:7–17 gegee – dit is die voorveronderstelling om Romeine 8:18–30 te verstaan. In die derde deel word ’n noukeurige uitleg van Romeine 8:18–30 gegee, gevolg deur slotopmerkings. Die artikel illustreer dat Paulus, op grond van die toekomstige transformasie van die gelowiges, afsluit met die idee dat die skepping volkome verander sal word.


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