The Church in the Bible and the World by D. A. Carson

By D. A. Carson

As Christianity makes its effect upon largely diversified social contexts world wide, new questions come up in regards to the interpretation of the church's biblical identification and project. members contain Edmund P. Clowney, P.T. O'Brien, Russell P. Shedd, Ronald Y. okay. Fung, D. A. Carson, Sunand Sumithra, and David Adeney. one of the issues handled are project, ministry, worship, syncretism, persecution, the church as a heavenly and eschatological entity and the biblical theology of the church. released on behalf of the realm Evangelical Fellowship.

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But while this representative relation is always in view, Paul's understanding of our union with Christ is richer than forensic relation. The Biblical Theology of the Church 55 Paul's Phrase 'In Christ' This is apparent from Paul's use of the phrase 'in Christ'. On the one hand, Paul speaks of our being 'in Christ' representatively. When Paul writes, 'Therefore, there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus' (Rom. 8: I), he is referring to the representative relation that he has been expounding.

A passage that describes the depth and breadth of the wisdom of Solomon concludes, 'Men of all nations came to listen to Solomon's wisdom, sent by all the kings of the world, who had heard of his wisdom' (1 Ki. 4:34). The visit of the Queen of Sheba is described as a case in point. The Gentiles are drawn to the king of Israel, and to the God who so richly blessed him and his people (1 Ki. 10:9). The gifts of the queen represent the freely brought tribute of the nations as they see what God has wrought among his chosen people.

16:18, 19), to the Great Commission (Mt. 28:18-20). Mission is not an addendum to the doctrine of the church. It is the calling of the church in the world. If it is neglected or abandoned, the life of the church, not just its work, is threatened. The Father's Missionary Love The missionary character of Christ's church does not issue only from the command of Christ. It flows from the revelation of the Father that Christ provided. He sends the disciples into the world as the Father sent him into the world On.

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