Christian as Christ to the Neighbor’
- See further, Kärkkäinen
- International Journal of Systematic Theology 6:2
This life of the Christian in Christ is called in the Lutheran tradition participation in God, although it is often expressed in different terms. The sacramental word and sacraments and faith firstly bring it about that Christ joins himself in a real, but hidden way to the sinner. Participation in Christ and the divine nature means then that in the sinner there takes place a profound and fundamental renewal. From this wells forth true love of God and one’s neighbour. In Lutheranism, this is called by the name, new birth, justification, adoption by God, deification of man.