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Reconciliation in the General Epistles?

G J Steyn

Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 26, No 1 (2005), 205-221. doi: 10.4102/ve.v26i1.220

Submitted: 02 October 2005
Published:  02 October 2005

Abstract

Although the customary technical terms for reconciliation are not to be found frequently and explicitly in the General Epistles, the concept or
motif is certainly not absent at all. The following contribution investigates the theological dimensions of this motif by using the striking image of a spiritual house, or temple, of which the believers are seen as bricks being built  into the walls (1 Pet 2:4-10). Reconcilation takes shape on Christ as the cornerstone (1 Peter) with vertical pillars representing a restored relationship between God and humanity (Hebrews). This enables the  horizontal dimension of the building to take shape too. In light of the restored relationship between God and humanity, a restored relationship amongst people ought to become a reality. Certain expectations (James), consequenses (1 Peter), dangers and purposes (2 Peter and Jude) facing Christians who find themselves within a reconciled relationship with God are forming the framework for reconciliation with each other.

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G J Steyn, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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