Bonhoeffer and the externum verbum

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Bonhoeffer defines Christianity as “community through Jesus Christ and in Jesus Christ” (pg 21, Life Together). By this he means that Christians are bound together through what Christ has done on their behalf and that they receive what Christ offers through one another.  He draws upon the Reformational notion that God’s word of salvation comes to us extra nos. Christians cannot look in themselves for salvation, but must look outside to God’s externum verbum. God has chosen to use created means, namely people, to communicate this word. Thus the Christian…read more