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In die Skriflig

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HELBERG, Jaap L. Jesus Christ's founding of the resurrection (Mt 22) in the Old Testament revelation, and the implications thereof. In Skriflig (Online) [online]. 2014, vol.48, n.1, pp. 1-07. ISSN 1018-6441.

Unlike the Sadducees' and other people's homocentric approach to man's existence, and therefore to a possible resurrection, Jesus' approach is theocentric (focused on God and conducted by God) and founded in Scripture, that is founded in what God reveals, transcending human speculation, theology or processing of what happened to Jesus. This founding in Scripture is grounded in the living, immortal, active and life-giving God's personal relation with man in his concrete, historical existence (Mt 22:23-33). In this way the real physical and spiritual existence is secured, that is an unbreakable personal relationship with God, now and after death, resting in Jesus Christ's life, death and resurrection. This grounding implies a Scripture- and Spirit-founded, God-centered hermeneutics, exegesis, public worship, preaching, and church structuring, conveyed by self-examination and repentance, service in love for God and the neighbour (Mt 22:34-41), and by responsibility towards God's creation.

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