Tuesday, December 01, 2020

Barth: by grace

Tuesday, December 1, 2020
    Commemoration of Charles de Foucauld, Hermit, Servant of the Poor, 1916
    But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.
    —Ephesians 2:4-5 (NIV)
    By grace you have been saved! Whatever else we do, praying and singing, is but an answer to this word spoken to us by God himself... The Bible alone contains this sentence. We do not read it in Kant or in Schopenhauer, or in any book of natural or secular history, and certainly not in any novel, but in the Bible alone.
    ... Karl Barth (1886-1968), Deliverance to the Captives, Harper, 1961, p. 36 (see the book)
    See also Eph. 2:4-9; Acts 15:11; Rom. 2:3-4; 3:22-24; 5:20-21; 11:5-6; 1 Pet. 1:3-5
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, the world has no salvation to offer apart from You.
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