Thus far in our journey through this important piece of the Church Dogmatics we have seen that God, in His election of Himself to elect, has shown Himself to be the one who loves in Freedom. In an act of divine sovereignty God has chosen to be in covenant with man ‘in Jesus Christ’. It… Continue reading Karl Barth: God’s Love = God’s Gracious Election
God can only be known as He is known in the person of Jesus Christ. As we saw previously, “That we know God and have God only in Jesus Christ means that we can know Him and have Him only with the man Jesus of Nazareth and with the people which He represents.” (CD II.2,… Continue reading God’s Relationship to Man in the Man Jesus Christ (CD II.2 pgs.7-9)
A commonly heard saying amongst modern day evangelicals is, “Christianity is not a religion, it is a relationship with Jesus Christ.” I don’t know that Karl Barth would agree with this entire statement, but I have to believe that he would give a resounding “Yes!” to the statement “It is a relationship with Jesus Christ.”… Continue reading Karl Barth: It’s a Relationship With Jesus!
Building off of our previous studies of Barth’s doctrine of Scripture we must now look to what one other commentator on Barth had to say concerning the framework upon which Barth builds his doctrine of Election; namely, Douglas R. Sharp in his well studied book “The Hermeneutics of Election: The Significance of the Doctrine in… Continue reading Karl Barth: Scripture; The Core of Election Hermeneutic
I understand that this is an earlier work of Barth prior to the Church Dogmatics and does not necessarily represent his mature views of theology, but I found it helpful nonetheless in understanding how he grounds his doctrine of election on Scripture as we saw earlier. This also shows us where he differs from what… Continue reading Karl Barth and Holy Scripture in the Gottingen Dogmatics Vol. 1
What did Karl Barth have to say about his use of Scripture in forming his doctrine of election? “As strictly as possible we have let our questions be dictated by the answers which are already present in the revelation of God attested in Holy Scripture.” (CD II.2 pg.3) I do not have the volumes of… Continue reading Karl Barth and Scripture’s Witness to the Gracious Election: CD II.2 ps.3-5
Karl Barth famously opens section 32 (Chap. 7, “The Election of God: The Problem of a Correct Doctrine of the Election of Grace“) with these words: “The doctrine of election is the sum of the Gospel because of all words that can be said or heard it is the best : that God elects man… Continue reading Intro to Karl Barth on election: The Sum of the Gospel CD II.2 pg.3