Lent with Bonhoeffer: Christ as Word

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Christ the Word is truth. There is no truth apart from the Word and by the Word. Spirit is originally word and speech, not power, feeling or act. ‘In the beginning was the Word…and all things were made through the Word’ (John 1:1,3). Only as Word is the Spirit also power and act. God’s Word creates and destroys. ‘The Word of God is…sharper than a two-edged sword, piercing to the division’ (Hebrews 4:12). God’s Word carries the destroying lightning and the life-giving rain. As Word, it destroys and it creates the truth.

It is playing games to ask whether God is able to reveal himself in any other way than through the Word. Of course God has the freedom to reveal himself in other ways than we know. But God has revealed himself in the Word. He has bound himself to the Word that he might speak to men. He does not alter this Word.

-from Christ the Center, pg. 49

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