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Salvation in the Gospel According to John

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This chapter argues that efforts to treat the soteriological expressions in the Gospel as a-historical or as a closed soteriological system, which would validate expressions like "Johannine soteriology does not have a blood or cross theology", or "Johannine soteriology opposes reconciliation" or similar ideas, rest on a misunderstanding of the nature and purpose of Johannine soteriology. It shows that both groups claimed the same God. This is to illustrate that Jesus is not introducing a new religion, but represents the continuation of the worship of the God of Israel. The chapter presents a brief analysis of the problem experienced between the disciples of Moses and the disciples of Jesus, to reveal what the real problem (sin) was that invited a specific soteriology. Finally, it focuses on the way in which John conceptualises salvation within this context of conflict.

Keywords: disciples of Jesus; disciples of Moses; Gospel; Johannine soteriology; salvation



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