Friday, May 17, 2019

Barth: the justification of individuals

Friday, May 17, 2019
    Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is a new creation.
    —Galatians 6:15 (NIV)
    It seems clear that those people who personally are completely convinced of justification by grace alone, and who heartily grant to people of another color the right to the same justification (as long as they remain in their own churches, schools, ghettos, handyman occupations), give an ugly expression to the Augustinian and Reformation understanding of justification. By their emphasis upon the primacy of individual justification, they deny the immediate social character and impact of the justification of the Jews and Gentiles, and they obstruct or delay the changes in common life which belong to the “new creation”.
    ... Markus Barth (1915-1994), “Jews and Gentiles”, in, vol. 5, 1968 Journal of ecumenical studies, Philadelphia, PA: Journal of Ecumenical Studies, periodical, pp. 241-267
    See also Gal. 6:15; Ps. 51:10; Eze. 18:31; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 12:13; 2 Cor. 5:17; Gal. 3:28; Col. 3:11
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me a heart that is free from partiality.
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