End of the Old World

"Paul's conviction concerning the obliteration of one 'world' and its replacement by another lies at the very heart of his programme in Galatians, and is arguably fundamental to the whole of Pauline theology."

"In the death of Christ, God has performed a 'newly-creative act' in which a new sphere of existence is established; 'the cosmos in which he [Paul] previously lived met its end in God's apocalypse of Jesus Christ'."

"He envisages the establishment of a new realm of existence. It is a sphere of life wholly differentiated from the 'cosmos' that has been crucified to Paul, a domain where distinctive patterns of life are operative. As his comments in [Gal.] 6.14-15 highlight, Paul belongs to this new world, where different standards apply, different rules are followed, different habits formed, different ways of life practised, and a different ethos exists. The world in which he used to live was characterized by many things, one of which was a fundamental distinction between those who were circumcised and those who were not, those who observed the law of God and those who did not. But Paul has seen the death of that world and now lives in a world where that distinction is not applicable."

From Bruce Longenecker's The Triumph of Abraham's God, 3, 7 quoting J.Louis Martyn, 37