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The salvation of the gospel

At Golgotha, along with the idols and demons, our imaginings about ourselves are driven out. Where the heathen and pious are involved in the murder of Jesus, humanity as such is unmasked and given reality, and only forgiving grace can have the last word. At the same time it is there that the true God is at work, who does not rule unchallenged in glory according to our metaphysics but descends to the suffering, the outcast, and the damned. The depths now become the dwelling of God and his elect, of the festival of redemption broken in, in which Beatitudes no longer invite the high, wise, and pious but the lost children, all in need of love and mercy. This alone is the salvation of the gospel, which throughout the course of history was continually despised and slandered by the heathen precisely from out of their religiosity, and by Christian theology and piety unabatedly obscured and betrayed. Every generation stands before the alternative of the first commandment. And after Golgotha this means standing before the choice between gospel and religious ideology disguising itself as Christian.

~ Ernst Käsemann, On Being a Disciple of the Crucified Nazarene, 140-41.

2 Comments

  1. R.O. Flyer wrote:

    This collection is so unbelievably awesome.

    Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 11:29 am | Permalink
  2. Jason Knott wrote:

    I must read this book. Thanks for posting.

    Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 1:17 am | Permalink

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