By Eberhard Arnold
A revised anthology of Eberhard Arnold's writings. Arnold insists that precise discipleship demands revolution - a change that starts off inside, yet spreads outward to surround each element of existence.
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People may live their inner life in the holiest things and try to hold on to them while at the same time the practical aspects of their life on this earth move further and further away from the Holy Spirit. We are subject to the same danger; we aren’t the slightest bit different from other people. In our communal Church life, however, we have been given a glimpse of the mystery that connects these two areas of life in a way we never knew before. The connection is a deep one, based on the apostolic faith: We believe in the Maker of the first creation just as much as we believe in the One who redeems us for His new creation, and we believe in the Spirit who shows us the way God's Revolution Community 63 to it.
Forces that are entirely opposed to God assert themselves. The Kingdom of God is not yet realized in our day. If it were, nothing else would count. For God’s Kingdom to come, the personal intervention of God through Jesus Christ is needed through the renewal of the world, the rebirth of the planet Earth. The Apostle Peter says that fire will melt the earth, and then the earth will be made completely new. (2 Pet. 3:12–13) And John the Evangelist says that in the new realm of God’s kingship the earth will be so completely The Kingdom of God 36 transformed that the sun is no longer needed, for there will be nothing but light.
1933 God’s Embassy In view of the widespread evil in the world, the Church community acknowl- edges that the use of government force is unavoidable. But what is entrusted to the Church is something completely different. Each kingdom or nation maintains an embassy in Paris, Petersburg, Berlin, Rome, and other capitals. The embassy building is sacrosanct territory, where no one is subject to the laws of the country surrounding the embassy; in the embassy building only the laws of its own country are in effect.