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Many Christians became more and more delicate to the destructiveness of warfare. they're spotting war's restricted skill as a public coverage device. they're acknowleding the social, monetary, and non secular results of getting ready to salary struggle. those issues have started to restore the moral sense of the church in new methods. this article contends that peacemaking is vital to Christian discipleship. it's the vocation of the church as an entire. relocating past the conventional debate round pacifism. This assertion seeks discussion bearing on a renewed imaginative and prescient of the complete goal of God on the earth. In A statement on Peace, Brethren, associates, Mennonites, and the Fellowship of Reconciliation search dialog with Christians all over the place on peace, battle, militarism, and justice. The ebook bargains an ecumenical discussion at the morality of warfare grounded in a biblical imaginative and prescient universal to all Christian communions.
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So Jesus also suffered ... to sanctify the people through his own blood .... Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that ac- Page 23 knowledge his name" (Heb. 13:12, 15, RSV). Thanks and praise cannot be offered by word without also being offered by deed. The cross certainly means that the members of the community can no longer live for themselves. The community cannot offer itself totally to Jesus Christthereby fulfilling its priesthood of thanks and praisewithout walking the same way he walked.
However, if by the work of Christ the priestly office has been fulfilled by being dissolved and dissolved by being fulfilled, how can the community gathered by Christ be regarded as a "royal priesthood"? In what sense has "priesthood" been ruled out for the community. And in what sense is it still our calling? In what sense does the office continue in the ''priesthood of all believers"? Page 22 As it centers on the cross, the priestly office of Jesus Christ involves his self-offering to God for our sakes.
But is the servant greater than the master (John 15:20, RSV)? At the cross we abide in the power of the risen one who faced temptation before us and overcame. Thus our nonviolence, our faithfulness in Christ, substantiates human hope and gives evidence of things not seen (Heb. 11:1). It constitutes the most powerful sign the prophetic people of God can perform in a warwracked world. Page 33 III The Discerning People Wisdom in Israel Wisdom is a third stream in the biblical tradition. The sage in ancient Israel was the educated, literate, wise figure of the community.