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date: 10 April 2020

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This chapter explores Barth’s understanding of justification, sanctification, and vocation. It begins by directing the reader’s attention to a 1957 sermon, delivered at the prison in Basel, which considers salvation, faith, and the relationship between divine and human agency. The chapter then considers Barth’s understanding of reconciliation in Church Dogmatics IV, paying particular attention to justification before Jesus Christ, sanctification for Jesus Christ, and vocation as the Christian’s cooperation in the work of Christ. A concern throughout is to show that Barth takes reconciliation, centred in the one who is fully divine and fully human, to be both entirely the work of God and also fully our own.

Keywords: community, divine action, human action, justification, reconciliation, sanctification, vocation, divine agency, human agency

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