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’n Nuwe-Testamentiese begronding van die eenheid van die kerk en die eis om kerkeenheid vandag

A. G. van Aarde
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 45, No 2 | a2289 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v45i2.2289 | © 1989 A. G. van Aarde | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 08 January 1989 | Published: 08 January 1989

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A. G. van Aarde,, South Africa

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The foundation of the unity of the church in the New Testament and the quest for unity today
Early Christendom was not an Unitarian movement, but in the New Testament there is a quest for unity. However, this unity was not juridically meant to be institutional of nature. The concern of this article is to argue that the unity of the church in the New Testament is Theologically, Christologically, Pneumatically and kerygmatically founded. Since the church is the household of God, the relationship similar to that of a family home will hold the church together. Building upon the foundation laid by the apostolic tradition the presbyters-bishops, like fathers taking responsibilty for a home, are to be providing the foundation of the unity of the church grounded on th e ir kerygma th a t the household of God is pneumatically united with the body of the crucified and risen Christ.

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