Thursday, May 23, 2013

Karl Barth, Romans & Satan Falling as Lightning

In this fragment of the world there is detached from the world -- before the very eyes of men an in their actual hearing! -- something which gleams in the darkness and gives to the world a new brilliance; and this 'something' is -- Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace among men in whom he is well pleased! -- God Himself, who willeth to draw the whole unto Himself, and to fashion a new heaven and a new earth. As yet we see but the image of this world and its dominion. Mighty it is, and lifted up, and very magnificent, terrible to behold, an image of gold and silver, or iron and clay and brass. But in the hidden Life of Jesus we see also the stone fashioned and detached, which smites the image upon its feet and, without any aid from human hands, breaks it into pieces. The whole image is crushed, and the wind carries it away like the chaff of the summer threshing floors. But the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth (Daniel 2:24-35). Satan as lightning is fallen from heaven, his dominion has ended; the Kingdom of God is at hand, and the heralds of His Kingdom are assuredly present.
Karl Barth, Romans regarding ch3:24-25. pg104.

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