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17 A People under the Word: Theological Interpretation

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To discuss a theology of the Word is an exacting task under any circumstances. For the Christian such discussion involves the nature of revelation and the source of faith. The church became part of God's revelation by being the response of faith to the Word. It became the historical ground in which the Word was anchored. The importance of the church is further emphasized by the part it played in the mediation and preservation of the Word. The nature of the Christian faith is determined by the nature of the Word. As the Word is Christocentric in character, so also is the faith which comes into existence as a response to that Word. Faith is not only subjective in nature. It admits, indeed requires, objective statement beyond the verbal expression of trust in and commitment to Christ.

Keywords: christian faith; Word



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