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The Laos tou Theou – an orthodox view of the ‘people of God’

Angelo Nicolaides
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 66, No 1 | a372 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v66i1.372 | © 2010 Angelo Nicolaides | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 16 September 2009 | Published: 13 July 2010

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Angelo Nicolaides, Vaal University of Technology, South Africa


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Abstract

The creation of the Ekklesia by the incarnate logos of God created a new and unique relationship with God’s people that allows humanity to enter into the Covenant and to become part of the ‘people of God’ (Laos tou Theou). Who is the Ekklesia? Is it the entire body of believers in Christ? Who are the chosen race, the royal priesthood and the holy nation of God? If the Ekklesia is the new Laos tou Theou, does its being so cancel out the initial covenant given to the nation of Israel? Is the nation of Israel still ‘God’s people’? This article strives to provide answers to the above questions by providing a discourse analytic approach to the theme. It is clear from the research that the Ekklesia remain the Laos tou Theou, comprising the entire corpus of Christ and the entire communion (or fellowship [koinonia]) of all of the disciples of Jesus. Essentially, all baptised believers are part of the chosen race and the royal priesthood, which form the holy nation of God. All of us are equally called by God to belong to his ‘people’.

Keywords

Covenant; Gentiles; Jewish people; nation of Israel; people of God

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