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Chapter Three: The Intention of Second Clement

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Chapter Summary

This chapter deals with a dogmatic assertion that we must so think of Jesus Christ as God, as the judge of the living and the dead. Just as God is the judge of the living and the dead, in like fashion we must understand Jesus as the judge of the living and the dead. In Second Clement the distinction between Jesus and the Father is not blurred as is often asserted. Second Clement briefs about the Christian in between these two situations reminding him that he has given up his past and that he must, therefore, live in a manner which will permit him to receive the future promises. Important for Second Clement, and distinctive of its "corrective" theology, is this emphasis on the future kingdom for which the Christian must prepare; contrary to the gnostic view, the Christian cannot simply ascend now to this place of rest.

Keywords: "corrective" theology; dogmatic assertion; God; Jesus Christ; Second Clement

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