Where the Kingdom of God, the rule of Christ, is being proclaimed, things start happening. That is why John the Baptist was challenged: Why are you asking? Look at what is happening, listen to what is being said, and accept it. This is what is happening here: The blind see, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised. (Matt. 11:5)- Eberhard Arnold
Jesus is saying that if only you could believe what is actually happening, Christ would be revealed to you, and your questions about God’s Kingdom would be answered. That is what faith means.
October 19, 2020
- Eberhard Arnold
Christ has entrusted his church with the witness of his future kingdom, with the character of his discipleship and life community with God. The tremendous responsibility of the church is that it is the light of the unchanging love of God, because Christ is present. The great joy and strength of the church is that Christ is in its midst, for it is the temple of the Holy Spirit. In every aspect of its personal and public life, the church must radiate the peace-giving strength of the love of Christ who lives within it.
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The apostolic spirit is the prophetic spirit: his word brings his kingdom. The apostolic mission is a matter of the prophetic embassy of God, which brings the future kingdom to everyone here and now. As prophecy, the apostleship of the church embraces the whole truth of Jesus and his future.- Eberhard Arnold
Perhaps the kind of mission we should ask for is a mission to the homeless, to those who live in terrible conditions, close to starvation. That would be preaching the Gospel to the poor in a special way. I believe it is our duty to give every Samaritan service asked of us. But I also believe we need special guidance to seek out the destitute, knowing that they may not be called as yet. It needs to be a mission of mercy and compassion.- Eberhard Arnold, July 1935
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