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.

4 responses to “Barth quote of the Day

  1. Love the new look on your blog.

    That one sentence doesn’t capture all that Barth said on the subject, as I tried to expound on after that quote on my post. I understand Jim’s rant (on facebook), but I see the authority of the Scriptures being set because it reveals Christ. We need to understand the proper place of Scripture in our lives as believers.

    • Not a problem. The quote in and of itself is like a Twitter post. AND, Barth may carry a bit too far. My interpretation of him may be more kind and others may be more right in their evaluation. I am going with the thought that we need to understand the authority of the Scriptures in our lives because they exegete Jesus to us.

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