Jesus went through the baptism of blood in His crucifixion. Following Him, the Church suffered martyrdom and death. This testifies to surrender in total sacrifice, like that of a burnt offering upon the altar fire.- Eberhard Arnold
March 26, 2020
- Eberhard Arnold From a letter, July 1922
Our inner fire, yes, even our enthusiasm, our inspiration, and soul, and Eros—everything that is fire and love—must flow together with the one great light, with the holy Agape, with the heart of God, with Jesus Christ; and being born out of Him, it must gain new life in purity and power. It is quite clear that this means that everything which is greed, desire for possession, despotism, the demand of the individual, is consumed and completely spent in this sun fire. The one—the old world with its greed for possession—perishes, and the other—the new creation with its divine life that dedicates, embraces, and pours itself out in joy—is born.
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The mighty spirit of the divine light of heaven appears, like the sun, to all men, as the life-giving and life-sustaining power of universal fire. In the light and unity of Jesus Christ, God’s heart of glowing, flaming love has achieved the fulfillment of His eternal will.- Eberhard Arnold
The peace of God brings the strength of the life of God. It brings the power of His love. It consists of active service. It lives in deed. To the first call, “Lay down your arms!” belongs the second, “Take up your tools!”- Eberhard Arnold
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