I believe this to be one of the most beautiful paragraph of words I have ever read in my life. It is profound; mind-boggling. Grace and Peace.

“If we fix our eyes upon the place where the course of the world reaches its lowest point, where its vanity is unmistakable, where its groanings are most bitter and the divine incognito most impenetrable, we shall encounter there—Jesus Christ. On the frontier of what is observable He stands delivered up and not spared. In place of us all He stands there, delivered up for us all, patently submerged in the flood. And if He was delivered up, how much more are we all submerged with Him in the flood, dragged down into the depth, and included in the ‘No’ which God utters over the men of this world and from which there is no escape! How much more are we led to the place where we stand under the universal judgment of God, where, embarrassed by the conflict between righteousness and sin, life and death, eternity and time, there remains naught but the existentiality of God. But the transformation of all things occurs where the riddle of human life reaches its culminating point. The hope of His glory emerges for us when nothing but the existentiality of God remains, and he becomes to us the veritable and living God. He, whom we can apprehend as only against us, stands there—for us. That Christ, who deprives us of everything but the existentiality of God, has been delivered up, means—we must dare to say it, dare to storm the fortress which is impregnable—and already capture!—that God is for us, and we are by His side. Christ who has been delivered up is the Spirit, the Truth, the restless arm of God. If so be that we suffer with Him, how can it be that we should not also be glorified with him? If we die with Him, how can it be that we shall not also live with Him? If God has delivered us up with Him to the judgment which threatens us all, how should He not also with Him give us all things, and thus secure that all things should work together for our good? All things—freely! Concerning the dawn upon which we have gazed, we are able neither to speak nor to be silent.” (Karl Barth, The Epistle to the Romans, 327)

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1   nc    
May 15th, 2009 at 11:09 pm

Yikes…

watch out, Karl Barth!

;)

2   nc    
May 15th, 2009 at 11:11 pm

He, whom we can apprehend as only against us, stands there—for us.

Beautiful.

Thank God.