“Christ is for us”

Are you in need of an encouraging word today? Let this passage from Dietrich Bonhoeffer pour over you. Christ is for you!

Everything we have said thus far may be summed up in the phrase: Christ is “for us”, not only in his word and his attitude toward us, but in his bodily life. Christ stands bodily before God in the place that should be ours. He has stepped into our place. He suffers and dies for us, and is able to do so because he bears our flesh (2 Cor. 5:21; Gal. 3:13; 1:4; Titus 2:14; 1 Thes. 5:10, etc). The body of Jesus Christ is “for us” in the strictest sense of the world–on the cross, in the word, in baptism, and in the Lord’s Supper. All bodily community with Jesus Christ rests on this fact (217).

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  • Greg Perry

    Thank you Joel for posting this. I needed this word today not only emotionally but intellectually. We are members of His Body in the world, for the world, and yes against the world’s follies.

  • Greg Perry

    Thank you Joel for posting this. I needed this word today not only emotionally but intellectually. We are members of His Body in the world, for the world, and yes against the world’s follies.

  • Andreas

    Yesterday in biblestudy we talked about Luther’s view of the Lord’s supper (esp. accodring to his Smaler Katechism) and already when preparing it I was again amazed how much weight he puts on the incarnation, on God’s saving work through bodyly means (the humanity of Christ, the cross, the waters of baptism, the elements of the Lord’s Supper). This quote by Bonhoeffer resonates heavily with my thoughts after this evening.

    BTW, I really admire your effort in reading through Bonhoeffer’s Nachfolge (even in German, if I remember correctly).

  • Andreas

    Yesterday in biblestudy we talked about Luther’s view of the Lord’s supper (esp. accodring to his Smaler Katechism) and already when preparing it I was again amazed how much weight he puts on the incarnation, on God’s saving work through bodyly means (the humanity of Christ, the cross, the waters of baptism, the elements of the Lord’s Supper). This quote by Bonhoeffer resonates heavily with my thoughts after this evening.

    BTW, I really admire your effort in reading through Bonhoeffer’s Nachfolge (even in German, if I remember correctly).