The Christian Life for Paul

"The Christian life in Paul's teaching is (a) based upon the fact of a new creation 'in Christ,' (b) directed through the correlation of the 'law of Christ' and the 'mind of Christ,' (c) motivated and conditioned by the 'love of Christ,' (d) enabled by the 'Spirit of Christ,' and (e) expressed in a situation of temporal tension between what is already a fact and what has yet to be realized. Although they can be spoken of separately, all these elements must be combined and merged in our consciousness if the apostle's thought is to be rightly understood and the Christian ethic truly exhibited."

-R. Longenecker, The Ministry and Message of Paul, 100-01.