HTS Theological Studies
On-line version ISSN 2072-8050
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NICOLAIDES, Angelo. The Laos tou Theou - an orthodox view of the 'people of God'. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2010, vol.66, n.1, pp.1-5. ISSN 2072-8050.
The creation of the Ekklesia by the incarnate logos of God created a new and unique relationship with God's people that allows humanity to enter into the Covenant and to become part of the 'people of God' (Laos tou Theou). Who is the Ekklesia? Is it the entire body of believers in Christ? Who are the chosen race, the royal priesthood and the holy nation of God? If the Ekklesia is the new Laos tou Theou, does its being so cancel out the initial covenant given to the nation of Israel? Is the nation of Israel still 'God's people'? This article strives to provide answers to the above questions by providing a discourse analytic approach to the theme. It is clear from the research that the Ekklesia remain the Laos tou Theou, comprising the entire corpus of Christ and the entire communion (or fellowship [koinonia]) of all of the disciples of Jesus. Essentially, all baptised believers are part of the chosen race and the royal priesthood, which form the holy nation of God. All of us are equally called by God to belong to his 'people'.
Keywords : Covenant; Gentiles; Jewish people; nation of Israel; people of God.