Edify

Karl Barth said “I can edify myself only as I edify the community”.  I love the quote for several reasons.  I love that it presupposes we live in community and that the message that edification comes through putting others first.  I must admit that at first I couldn’t think of any scripture to support it but then  I thought of “look not only to your interests but to the interests of others”,  “Jesus come not to be served but to serve”, and “ Greater love has no man than to lay down his life for another”.  It goes hand in hand with the “no salvation outside the church” (extra Ecclesiam nulla salus) or to put it another way baptism is not a solitary act but baptism is an identification not only with Christ’s death and resurrection but his life.  So we are baptized into Christ and into his body.   Continue reading

Advertisements