“Revelation culminates in the existence of Jesus of Nazareth. He comes out of Israel, born of Mary the Virgin, and yet from above, and so in His glory the Revealer and Consummator of the covenant. Israel is not a sick man who was allowed to recover, but One risen from the dead. By His appearing, over against the verdict that man pronounced on himself God’s verdict comes into view, to remove all human self-contradiction. God’s faithfulness triumphs in this sea of sin and misery. He has mercy on man. He shares with His inmost Being in this man. He has never ceased to lead by cords of love this people which to His face has behaved like a whore. It remains true that this man of Israel belongs to God and again and again, not by nature but by the miracle of grace, may belong anew to God, be rescued from death, be exalted to God’s right hand.”
Taken from Karl Barth, Dogmatics in Outline (New York: Harper & Row, 1959), 80.
Speaking of Barth, if anyone wants to sell (or knows of a seller) Barth’s Dogmatics (set) for a good price, let me know! I hope to read them all sooner than later, but the price is a huge setback. For now, I’ll finish the Ante-Nicene Fathers.