An Exegetico-Theological Study of Romans 8:1-8:Toward a Pneumatological-Ecclesiology

Isaac Boaheng ORCID iD

Issue: Vol.7  No.9  September 2021 Issue  Article 3 pp.132-142
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This article focuses on Paul’s teachings on how the believer’s life in the Spirit contrasts the believer’s previous life of sin, with particular reference to Romans 8:1-8. It first employed the exegetical method—comprising contextual analysis, literary analysis, detailed analysis of lexicology (the meaning of words), morphology (the form of words), grammatical function of words (parts of speech), syntax (the relationships of words) and figures of speech—to explore the text. The next step was a systematic theological formulation of pneumatological-ecclesiology based on the results from the exegetical study of the text. The main argument is that the Spirit applies Christ’s salvific work to the believer in a way that does not only put the believer right forensically but also puts him/her right behaviorally. Thus, the believer walking in the Spirit is both justified by the cross and by good deeds performed through the enabling presence of the Spirit. The article contributes to the academic disciplines of systematic theology and biblical studies by exploring what pneumatological-ecclesiology is embedded in the text and applying this formulated theology to the life of the contemporary church, drawing attention to the fact that since the Holy Spirit breathes upon and through the church, the activities of the Spirit in the church should be the plumb line for assessing the nature and conduct of the church. This contribution serves as an effective tool for enhancing ethical and religious renewals in believers in a way that eventually enhances their relationship with God, other humans and the environment.

Keywords: Death, Flesh, Law, Spirit

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Isaac Boaheng is an ordained minister of the Methodist Church Ghana, a Translator with the Bible Society of Ghana, and a part-time lecturer at the Christian Service University College, Ghana. Boaheng holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Trinity Theological Seminary, Accra, Ghana, he has recently completed a PhD program (awaiting graduation) at the University of the Free State, South Africa, where he also serves as a Research Fellow. Boaheng has over forty publications in Translation Studies, Systematic Theology, Biblical Studies, Methodist Studies and African Christianity, among others.

Boaheng, I. “An Exegetico-Theological Study of Roman 8:1-8: Towards a Pneumatological-Ecclesiology E-Journal of Religious and Theological Studies, 7 no.9 (2021): 132-142

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