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Summary and Conclusions

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The form and content of I P 2: 4-I0 reveal that this section was an attempt to describe via the motif of the character and responsibility of the eschatological People of God, her bond with Jesus Christ, her infusion with the Spirit, her holiness, and her task of witness through the holy life and the proclamation of the saving deeds of God. NT statements concerning the priestly character of either Christ, Christians, or the corporate Church derive from and develop basically two sources: the Levitical priesthood and Ex. 19: 6. I P 2: 5 does not depict the "spiritualization" of Levitical cultic concepts but the application and interpretation of a completely different entity whose Spiritual quality originates solely in the creative and preserving work of the Divine Spirit. The formation, election, and sanctification of this community are an eschatological salvific event.

Keywords: Divine Spirit; Jesus Christ; Levitical priesthood; spiritualization



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