Concordia Theological Monthly

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judgment, jeremiah, Yahweh, election, salvation, grace, judah, prophet, israel, law, weiser

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


The relationship between judgment and grace is a basic question in Biblical interpretation. God's fierce judgment and His unconditional grace stand side by side in the Biblical testimony, and on unresolved tension exists between these two aspects of God's self-disclosure. The tendency among Bible scholars today is to try to resolve this tension by building a "bridge" between judgment and grace, by some theological interpretation which demonstrates that God's judgment on His people leads directly to their salvation. In the study of the Book of Jeremiah the tension is commonly resolved by the idea of God's judgment as a disciplinary measure; the destruction of Judah and the exile of the people cause the nation to repent and bring about their salvation. This solution takes away the tension between judgment and grace by merging the two. They are, in effect, the same thing.


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Jeremiah 1:5; Jeremiah 1:10; Jeremiah 31:28; Jeremiah 44:27; Jeremiah 23:29; Jeremiah 5:14; Jeremiah 1:11-12; Amos 8:1-2; Isaiah 31:4-5; Jeremiah 26:7-11; Jeremiah 37:10; Amos 3:2;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars