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1 June 2022
An excerpt from The Church from Every Tribe and Tongue by Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, edited by Gene L. Green and Stephen T. Pardue and K. K. Yeo (Langham Global Library), 2018.
Among numerous metaphors and symbols for the church in the New Testament, the following three have gained particular importance in Christian parlance: namely “people of God” (1 Pet. 2:9–10), “body of Christ” (Eph. 1:22–23; 1 Cor. 12:27; Col. 1:18), and “temple of the Spirit” (Eph. 2:19–22; 1 Pet. 2:5). These metaphors obviously reflect the tri-unity of God, whose community on earth the church is. Ecumenically it is of utmost importance that virtually all Christian churches are currently in agreement about the trinitarian basis and nature of the church as well as the anchoring of communion (koinonia) in the shared divine life itself. A brief consideration of each of these, beginning with the last one, helps elucidate the ancient self-understanding of the Christian community derived from the Scriptures… 

This trinitarian vision of the church based on the eternal Trinity has also helped the church to foster a robust vision of communion, that is, a communion ecclesiology. The triune God is the eternal communion of Father, Son, and Spirit. Consequently, the church as the communion of human persons may be said to echo that communal, relational existence.
An excerpt from The Church from Every Tribe and Tongue, chapter written by Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen (pg. 17, 20)

Edited by Gene L. Green and Stephen T. Pardue and K. K. Yeo (Langham Global Library), 2018. Used with permission.

Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen is a Finnish theologian and professor of systematic theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He has published numerous articles in international journals of theology. His books include Pneumatology (Baker), Christology (Baker), Toward a Pneumatological Theology (UPA), An Introduction to Ecclesiology (InterVarsity Press), Trinity and Religious Pluralism (Ashgate), The Doctrine of God (Baker) and One with God (Liturgical Press).
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