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The keys of the kingdom as paradigm for building up the church in reformed church government

A. le R. du Plooy
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 32, No 1 | a1630 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v32i1.1630 | © 1998 A. le R. du Plooy | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 13 June 1998 | Published: 13 June 1998

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A. le R. du Plooy,, South Africa

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This article adopts an ecclesiological approach and concentrates on the prominent concepts the keys of the kingdom and building up the church. The article attempts to determine the significance those concepts may have for the government of the church and emphasises the close relationship between the keys of the kingdom and the building up of the church. According to Reformational viewpoints the administering of the keys serves the edification of the church. It becomes clear that the notae ecclesiae and the keys of the kingdom function as the basic elements of the church order and must be regarded as the basis or pillars upon which the church is built.

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