Concordia Theological Monthly

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The Great Reconciliation

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reconciliation, doctrine, evil, original sin, faith, communion, obedience

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


The Great Reconciliation is truly the core and center of the entire system of Christian doctrine. All other teachings of the Bible either lead up thereto, or they proceed therefrom. Thus the doctrine of the Law and of sin shows us the need of a reconciliation. The doctrine of grace and of the redemption through Christ shows us how this reconciliation was effected. The doctrine of the means of grace and of faith teaches us how this reconciliation is made known and offered to sinners and how the individual personally apprehends the same. The doctrine of the Church shows that all those who through faith have accepted this reconciliation constitute one large body in this world, the family of God's children among men. The doctrine of sanctification shows us that all those who by faith are personally reconciled to God will gratefully consecrate their lives to His service. The doctrine of the last things, finally, tells us that all who have remained faithful unto the end will enter into the full communion with their heavenly Father.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Matthew 5:24; 2 Corinthians 5:19; Genesis 1:27; Colossians 3:10; Ephesians 4:24; Genesis 2:17; Malachi 3:6; 2 Timothy 2:13; James 1:17; 1 John 3:8; Psalm 5:4-5;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars