For Paul, these events of sending, not withholding, giving up, and raising from the dead, all determine the Father’s identity prior to the events actually occurring. “Go...
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... Father. We see this in Paul’s interpretation of Genesis 13:15 in Galatians 3:16, in which the seed of Abraham is interpreted to be Christ the Lord, not just now as Paul is reading it in light of the Christ event. Paul holds that at the time Genesis 13:15 was originally written, it referred to Christ. The Father had ordained the sending of the Son from before the beginning. The identification of the Father as all of these things, so neatly summarized in being the one to raise Jesus from the dead, indicates that the letter itself is not merely a rebuttal to the circumcision party, but a debate about the identity of God. The Resurrection does not demonstrate a new revelation of who God is now, but one of “who God has always been.” The Resurrection of Jesus by the Father is a revelation of the very nature of God that calls both Paul and the Gentiles to be His children.
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