Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Holy Spirit is not a magical third...

“The Holy Spirit is not a magical third between Jesus and us. God himself acts in his own most proper cause when in the Holy Spirit he mediates between the man Jesus and other humans. For God is not the great immovable and immutable one and all ... [but] the living God, and as such, our God, who really turns to us ... because in the first instance distance and confrontation, encounter and partnership, are to be found in himself”
- Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics, IV/2, p. 343

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I won't pretend to understand that, though I like the part about how the Living-ness of God precludes immutability. Could you explain please, John? :)

-- Chris (Singapore)