Through unity with the eternal powers we must gain the strength of character to be tested in the stream of the world, the strength which alone can cope with the demands of the age. Not escape, but concentration for the attack, is the watch word.- Eberhard Arnold
September 25, 2020
- Eberhard Arnold
Even if Christ suffered death a thousand times, if you do not die with him on his cross, he would have died in vain. In vain, that is, in regard to your person. Unless you die with Jesus on the cross in such a way that you are no longer a part of the other atmosphere, like a dead man on whom that atmosphere no longer has any claim, Christ will have died in vain. And unless Christ and the atmosphere of life penetrate your life through the Holy Spirit, you will not win this battle. In the power of the Risen One alone can this battle be won.
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The all-embracing Spirit is the unity of all freed spirits. He effects the freedom of the soul’s powers, which now flow toward one another, without remaining dependent on sympathy or antipathy, on the states of the body. The Spirit dominates the uniting of men, and takes into His sphere all material goods. Where freedom, purity and the love of God reign; where Christ lives in the individuals; where His Spirit unfolds all gifts and powers, there grows a living unity which can only be seen as one body.- Eberhard Arnold
The discipline of God’s Church is the most careful marriage chastity. First and foremost it means unstained purity before marriage and outside of marriage. Yet also in a very serious and definite way this discipline means the right mutual choice of spouses, on the basis of their natural but even more their spiritual calling for one another. One marries the one human being who is destined for one from eternity.- Eberhard Arnold
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