Thursday, October 13, 2022

M. Barth: some strange things

Thursday, October 13, 2022
    Feast of Edward the Confessor, 1066
    For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
    —Ephesians 6:12 (NIV)
    It is easy to throw angels and demons and the cosmic character and relevance of Christ’s work upon the scrap heap of ancient superstition and mythology, and to consider them but a manner of speech that is utterly irrelevant for our space age. But if we should feel entitled to throw out one part of the witness of Ephesians to Christ, why not the rest of it also: for instance, Christ’s Lordship over the church and in the heart? It is unfair and scarcely honest to consider the Bible or parts of it as a cake from which we can pick out merely the raisins we happen to like. Speaking the truth in love and witnessing to the biblical Christ may imply the necessity to speak also of some very strange things.
    ... Markus Barth (1915-1994), The Broken Wall, Chicago: Judson Press, 1959, Regent College Publishing, 1959, p. 21 (see the book)
    See also Eph. 6:11-12; John 12:31; Rom. 8:38; 2 Cor. 4:4; Eph. 2:2; 4:1-6,15; Col. 2:15
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You see what is hidden from me.
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