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Seyma Kayman wrote:

Hi, guys —

I am writing to you from Turkey.

I am a graduate student at divinity school and am reading the document Dominus Iesus.

There is a phase there that I couldn't understand. The Church of Christ is the instrument by which all humans are saved.

  • How do I interpret the instrument in this statement?
  • How can I translate it to something I understand?

Thanks for your response.



  { How do I interpret the instrument in this statement from the document Dominus Iesus? }

Bob replied:


The word instrument in this context means agent or vehicle.

God uses the Church, as His Body, to impart his grace to the world. Since Jesus is the only way of salvation (cf. Acts 4:12), and He has chosen to graft the Church to Himself as His Body on Earth, that becomes the way His Grace is channeled to the world.


Bob Kirby

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