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A Primer on
Pauline Doctrine:
Revealing the Mystery
of the Body of Christ

by Carol Berubee

Paperback, 446 pages

The mystery of Christ and the gospel; the body of Christ; Paul in contrast to Judaism and Gnosticism; summary of Paul's epistles; Paul's doctrine and theology of justification, grace, redemption; Paul's teaching on salvation, sanctification, law and grace, eschatology, rapture, bema, elders, women in church, false teachers, gifts of the Spirit

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From the Introduction:

"My goal in writing this volume was to capture, in one book, the doctrines of the faith as contrasted with the Judaism and Gnosticism with which the Apostle Paul had to contend. We all have several books, each explaining a facet of Christianity or various tenets of Greek philosophy or the traditions of Judaism, but new Christians, in particular, need a single book they can turn to for reference.

"I have divided this book into four parts: a sketch of Paulís life and epistles, a verse-by-verse exegesis of Romans 1 through 8, an unfolding of the mystery of Christ as taught exclusively by Paul, and an examination of fifteen other areas of Christian doctrine. Throughout, I have sought to expose those errors of legalism and paganism from the first century that are still prevalent in the Church today.

"Part I is a sketch of the major differences between the Hebraic and Hellenic mindsets, including the differences within Judaism according to the sects of the Pharisees, Sadducees, and Essenes; the general teachings of the Greek philosophers; and the idolatry of the masses. Paulís religious thought both before and after his conversion is briefly outlined so that we may see how the indwelling life of Christ changed Paulís thinking and how he navigated the cultural landscape. A brief outline of each of Paulís epistles is then presented to orient the reader to the tenor of Pauline doctrine.

"Part II is an exegesis of Romans 1:16-8:28, the text of which is the foundation of Christianity. The world comes under a comprehensive indictment, subject to the wrath of God, but He sends His Son to pay the penalty. Not only are sins forgiven, but sin itself is vanquished, the old man is crucified, and the believer is set free from the power of sin. The Christian should fully apprehend his place as a sinner, both ďin AdamĒ and in practice, if he is to rightly handle the mystery of Christ revealed in Paulís prison epistles.

"Part III is an unfolding of the mystery of Christ, laid out in eight facets. The Body of Christ is revealed to us only by the Apostle Paul who explains the setting aside of Israel; the calling out of Gentiles; the unity of Jews and Gentiles as one New Man; and the Rapture of the Body, the organism in which Christ dwells by His Spirit and which will dwell in Him forever. This mystery, unlike those of the pagan mystery religions, is unveiled and proclaimed by Paul to all people.

"Part IV is an examination of fifteen additional areas of doctrine in light of Paulís unique ministry to the Body. Salvation, sanctification, law and grace, eschatology, ecclesiology, the gifts of the Spirit, the appropriate response to false teachers, the will of God for the Christian, liberty from asceticism and ordinances, the giving of money and goods, marriage, and prayer are explained so that the Christian will understand the unique calling of the Church as a heavenly organism in contrast to the purpose of Israel as an earthly people."



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