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One God And One Church—Considerations On The Unity Of The Church From The Perspective Of Biblical Theology

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The church is described from the perspective of the Trinity. This chapter relates the unity of the church not to the persons of the Trinity as a social community, but as the presence of one God. It deals with the church as the people of God, as the body of Christ, and as the temple of the Holy Spirit. The 'persons' are not a community, but they are the one and same God three times. God's people are the people of Christ for Christ is God's own coming. The church is the body of Christ. God cannot be divided and thus his people, his body, and his dwelling place cannot be divided. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are not three Gods. They are the one and only God, and the unity of this one God is visible in the world in the unity of the one church.

Keywords: Christ; Church; God; Holy Spirit; Trinity; unity



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