The church as sacrament of the kingdom - a reformed commentary

Show simple item record Brinkman, M.E., 1950- 2009-02-25T08:47:42Z 2009-02-25T08:47:42Z 2008
dc.description.abstract One of the most promising aspects of the text of the third phase of the International Roman-Catholic-Reformed Dialogue might be the suggestion to reflect upon the idea of the church as "sacrament of the kingdom". In this contribution, written in honour of the ecclesiological work of Conrad Wethmar, I shall take up that suggestion and develop a fourfold approach of the sacraments in which the interconnectedness of church and kingdom plays a crucial role. I shall deal with the soteriological, the ecclesiological, the eschatological and the symbolic aspect respectively. Deliberately, I begin with the soteriological aspect because the first and main thing sacraments are doing, is pointing to our salvation. Salvation implies, however, a mediation of salvation and hence the ecclesiological aspect follows the soteriological aspect. The mediation of the church always points beyond itself to the kingdom of God. That is the eschatological aspect. And every reference to the eschaton always has the form of the symbol as the focal point of the "already" and "not yet" character of the kingdom of God. We label that as the symbolic aspect. My conclusion will be that the fruitfulness of the suggestion to speak about the church as "sacrament of the kingdom" depends on the preparedness to reap the results of the ecumenical discussions since Vatican II. en_US
dc.identifier.citation Brinkman, ME 2008, 'The church as sacrament of the kingdom - a reformed commentary', Verbum et Ecclesia, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 308-319. [] en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1609-9982
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria en_US
dc.rights Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria en_US
dc.subject Sacraments en_US
dc.subject Roman-Catholic-Reformed Dialogue en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mission of the church en
dc.title The church as sacrament of the kingdom - a reformed commentary en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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