By Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt, Rodney Clapp
Given the variety of humans who have been "saved", you would imagine the realm was once changing into a brighter position. it can be, too, if extra humans might snatch the enjoyment of wasting themselves in provider to God and every different. humans like Christoph Blumhardt, who, in his quest to get to the necessities of religion, burns away the non secular trappings of contemporary piety like rather a lot chaff. Blumhardt writes with unabashed fervour, yet his ardour encourages instead of intimidates. His witness prompted theological giants like Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Karl Barth. yet motion in ready isn't theology; it truly is too blunt, too earthy, too actual. Its "active expectation" of God's nation exhibits us that the item of our desire isn't really relegated to a few afterlife. this present day, in our international, it could possibly come into its personal - if in simple terms we're prepared.
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Com 17 I Make All Things New wherever it can. Against this current, however, runs the movement of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Life. He leads us into something completely beyond ourselves. Even death can be overcome. ” What greater promise could be said to us than this? If we can hear these words and realize them, then even the history of the nations will be renewed. In Christ a new day has dawned. It has come into the past, and it will come into the future. It is the eternity of God. For Christ is the one who rose from the dead.
I wish, my friends, that I could place in your hearts the living power of God. I wish that I could help you understand that this power makes us completely new. It can overcome much of our misery, even in our physi cal life. God’s living power seeks us out and wants to show us – despite the entanglements of life – clear, true values that can ennoble us. In the realm of our own human nature, however, there is more resistance to God’s truth than people believe. And in human society, in all the influences to which we are exposed, there lies a grave hindrance to the living power of Christ, and this hindrance is also greater than people suspect.
And unless our lives are molded according to this rulership, we shall always remain dissatisfied. We may enjoy modern con veniences, but the reality of eternal things will be smoth ered unless the reign of God’s truth and justice dawns as the light of life. Yet this very fact causes great discord as soon as it is pointed out. Millions of people are “Christians” in all peace and comfort from their childhood on until they are laid in the grave. They are satisfied with what is said about God, and it does not make them feel uncomfort able in any way.