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Belonging

Jennifer M. McBride

in The Church for the World

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199755684
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932160 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755684.003.0004
Belonging

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While Chapter three examines the person of Christ, Chapter four focuses on the work of Christ, on Christ's threefold affirmation, judgment, and reconciliation of the world. This chapter argues that the work accomplished on the cross transformed the very structure of reality into what Bonhoeffer calls “Christ-reality” and that the church participates in the world's new ontology centrally by taking the form of the crucified Christ through confession unto repentance. The church community delves into the ambiguities of existence in solidarity with human sin and completely abandons itself to life's christological structure – to the theological fact that accepting responsibility for sin has transformative power and prepares the way for Christ's concrete redemption. The person and work of Christ lay the foundation for an ecclesial witness that is free to belong wholly to a world already reconciled to God and to effect concrete redemption from that place

Keywords: belonging; work of Christ; judgment; reconciliation; Christ-reality; world; cross; repentance; prepare the way; ontology

Chapter.  16595 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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