Barth quote of the Day

To say that Jesus Christ rules the Church is equivalent to saying that Holy Scripture rules the Church

Karl Barth (CD 1.2).

HT: Pastor Dan

How can Barth say this?  Is Christ equivalent to the Scriptures?  or do the Scriptures merely point to Christ – ruler of the Church?


Dan does go on to write:

The Scriptures exegete Christ. Christ exegetes the Scriptures. The Word confronts us and we need to deal with that confrontation as the Church. Does Jesus rule his Church or not? If so, are we understanding the authority of the Scriptures in our lives?

Our playing around with the authority of Scriptures in the life of the believer gets us into trouble. We need to bring our attention back to the Word of God, and the Scriptures that reveal that Word so clearly to us!

This does help and I agree with him on this – we can all do better in taking the authority of the Scriptures more seriously.