Concordia Theological Monthly

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kosmos, pilate, jews, st. john, law, prophet, theological

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


Kosmos is a key theological term in the Gospel of John. The author of the Fourth Gospel chose this term to signal his concept of men without God, men in need of God, men in rebellion against God, men who would decide against God when confronted with His Sent One. The Christian church has often found it easy to look out into the world to see what John was talking about. The overtones of the English word "world" as a translation of "kosmos" have helped the church· deceive itself theologically.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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

John 2:18; John 6:28; John 6:30; John 2:23; John 9:16; John 9:24; John 9:18; John 3:9; John 6:52; John 5:44; John 7:18; John 7:4;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars