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One Savior, One Church—Reconciliation As Justification And "New Creation"

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The new creation comes about through God's judgment that brings about vindication of the Creator and justification of creation. This chapter argues that as fruit of the cosmic reconciliation through Christ crucified, the unity of the church is a promise of the eschatological peace, the union of the disintegrating creation in the death of the Son, to the Father, through the Spirit, so that God will be all in all. There is a deep seated difference between reconciliation, say between Muslims and Christians within the same society, and 'Jews and Gentiles' within the one body of Christ. The doctrine of the Trinity is historically and systematically mainly a matter of soteriology. Only when the eschatological character of the church is reflected in the church's striving towards truth, reconciliation, and institutional unity can the church be called the salt of the earth and the light of the world.

Keywords: Christ; Church; eschatological; New Creation; reconciliation; Savior; soteriology; Trinity



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