1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. 4 In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.
14 But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15 For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. 16 And as for all who walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.
Ours is a day that is conspicuously lacking in peace of mind and heart. It is a shiftless day, a day of anxiety and worry. Many people in the world today feel an inner sense of tension and a loss of spiritual equilibrium. This sense of despair was powerfully captured by T.S. Eliot in his 1925 poem “The Hollow Men.”
I earlier posted a one year reading plan for Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics. As I journey this important work, I’m going to offer cursory and occasional comments and observations as I feel led to do so and as time allows.
2-Feb 9.4 The Meaning of the Doctrine of the Trinity
- “the biblical root of the doctrine of the Trinity”
- Barth argues that there is no reason other than skepticism to think that the modern Church is wildly different than the ancient Church on the question of the Trinity. I appreciated this point greatly for reasons I don’t quite understand.
46 Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last.
We come now to the seventh word from the cross, the last word. It is a beautiful word. It is a powerful word. When we think of the cross, we think naturally of the hands of Christ. But here in this last word, Jesus draws our attention to the hands of the Father. Our hope is in the pierced hands of Jesus. Jesus’ hope was in the sovereign hands of the Father.