The Gift of Freedom—Karl Barth


St. John One: One

Human freedom is the joy whereby man appropriates for himself God’s election. God has elected Himself in His Son to be the God, Lord, Shepherd, Saviour, and Redeemer of mankind. Through His own election He willed man to be His creature, His partner, and His son. He, the God of the community of men, and we, the community of men, His People!

BARTH

Freedom is the joy whereby man acknowledges and confesses this divine election by willing, deciding, and determining Himself to be the echo and mirror of the divine act.
Each individual is called to this commitment in the midst of the community of men, not as the first disciple but as a follower in the visible and invisible footsteps of many; not as the only one but together with many known and unknown fellow Christians. He may be accompanied by the comforting help of several or by at least…

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