Barth Bite for Thursday November 26, 2015, Thanksgiving Day in America

“Ruling grace is commanding grace. The Gospel itself has the form and fashion of the Law. The one Word of God is both Gospel and Law. It is not Law by itself and independent of the Gospel. But it is also not Gospel without Law. In its content, it is Gospel; in its form and fashion, it is Law. It is first Gospel and then Law. It is the Gospel which contains and encloses the Law as the ark of the covenant the tables of Sinai. But it is both Gospel and Law. The one Word of God which is the revelation and work of His grace is also Law.”  –  Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics, Volume II.2, page 511

Barth Bite for Friday November 6, 2015

Here is a remarkable, long sentence I read today which is worth reading and re-reading and careful reflection:
“Predestined man (according to the election of Jesus Christ and the community) is he who, in and with God’s choice, is not met by honor and approval, but by justification by grace alone, by forgiveness; who is not the object of divine election in virtue of a life which is acceptable and welcome to God, but because God covers, transforms and renews his unworthy and rebellious life; whom the sovereign God (in the sovereignty of His omnipotence and loving-kindness, His constancy and patience) encounters, not with a natural Therefore, but with a miraculous Nevertheless; whom He chooses absolutely for the sake of His own will; whom He makes a partner in His covenant quite apart from and even contrary to his own merit or ability.” – Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics, Volume II.2, page 315

Barth Bite for Sunday November 1, 2015

“The purpose of the election of this One is God’s righteous and saving will to deal with man’s need at its very root and to show this man the supreme favor by taking his place in the person of this One, taking away from man and upon Himself the bitterness of man’s end, and bringing upon man the whole joy of the new beginning.” – Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics, Volume II.2, page 260