Faith is confronted by God’s greatness as something so inviolable that man’s petty power cannot possibly touch God. No human power that strives to unite with God can lead to this goal. In a life which is active in public, faith expresses itself in helpful actions of love; this is brought about by God. In this new action of man, it is God who loves and acts.- Eberhard Arnold
- Eberhard Arnold
We testify to the church of Christ as an embassy of God’s future state. Therefore the church of Christ should represent today what God’s kingdom will be. The Apostle Paul says, “The kingdom of God is today, here and now, and it is justice, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.” The Holy Spirit is the element of the great future. For this reason the church receives the Holy Spirit, not in order to figure out for itself a timetable for God’s kingdom, but in order to let life be directed by the Spirit, through perfect love.
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Whoever accepts God in Jesus, whoever receives in Him God’s forgiveness and God’s working, embraces God himself directly. God is contained in the faith of the heart. For God himself has gripped the heart. God never divides himself, however, when He imparts himself. He gives himself wholly. The keen awareness of one’s own nothingness, of one’s divided and sinful state—this awareness, which is truthfulness, makes it possible to receive the One who is infinitely different and eternally indivisible.- Eberhard Arnold
The Church praises Him who became man, who suffered and died and rose again, and overcame the kingdom of the underworld in His descent into hell. He is the strong, the mighty, the undying. He comes himself. He comes to the Church, attended by the armies of His angel princes. Thus heaven is opened for the believers. They hear and see the choir of singing angels. Through the coming of Christ to the Church in the presence of the power of the Spirit, the first historical coming of Christ and His future second coming are confirmed.- Eberhard Arnold
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