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Union with Christ: Understanding Justification from the Perspective of Christ’s Real Presence

Zweck, Dean (2011) Union with Christ: Understanding Justification from the Perspective of Christ’s Real Presence. Lutheran Theological Journal, 45 (3). pp. 156-166. ISSN 0024-7553

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    Abstract

    Ecumenical dialogue is particularly fruitful for those chosen by their churches to participate. I was assigned to the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue in Australia near the end of the four year conversation on justification. At the heart of the Dialogue's common statement are these words: Lutherans and Roman Catholics together see justification as God's free and saving action in Christ whereby our sin is forgiven and we are both declared and made righteous (italics added). Together we confess that it is solely by grace and through faith that we are justified and not through our own merits. Together we say that justification cannot be separated from regeneration, sanctification, and the renewal of our hearts by the Holy Spirit. Together we affirm that justification, or salvation in Christ, is central and normative to our Christian faith.

    Item Type: Published Articles
    Repository Version: Published Version
    Keywords (separated by commas): Lutheran Church, Relations, Catholic Church, Salvation, Christianity, Christian life, Lutheran Church, Doctrines
    Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
    Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
    Type of Activity: Strategic Basic Research
    Subject Area(s): B - Biblical Studies, general
    Association with University of Divinity: Other University of Divinity
    Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
    Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2012 11:44
    Last Modified: 11 Nov 2014 11:34
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1042

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