THE APOSTLES TEACHING
We can if we choose, imagine that a knowledge of God can be gained through extra-Biblical sources such as nature and the contribution of prophetic voices. It’s true that an impression of God may be gained through the created world but precise and accurate knowing of God happens in Christ alone. There are no extra-biblical prophetic sources that are legitimate or accurate renditions of God and the salvation that is ours in His Christ. In fact some are warped versions of the gospel and as such ‘another gospel.’ Jesus along with the apostles teaching is the one Light of the World and the one Source of the life of God for human beings. Karl Barth is instructive on this.
WAY OF KNOWING
“In saying No to natural theology, Barth says Yes to Jesus Christ as the only way in which we know God. When we look at the person of Jesus Christ, we are seeing God’s very being for us, God’s self-revelation in our humanity.
Therefore, if we imagine a God somehow different than the God revealed in Jesus Christ, we must abandon such an image as an idol created by our own hands.
We can only seek God and find the knowledge of God where God has given Godself to be known and seen by us, in Jesus Christ. This constant focus on the person of Jesus Christ would single-handedly revolutionize a vast majority of Christian theology today as well as preaching and pastoral efforts. Barth reminds us that to see Jesus is to see the Father (John 14:9). Barth’s doctrine of revelation is a thorough and faithful exegesis of Paul’s extraordinary remark that Jesus Christ is the “image of the invisible God” (Col. 1:15). (1)
We are free to be who we are in Christ. Not free to invent our own gospel. The extent to which our gospel is altered is the extent to which we have denied ourselves fullness in Christ.
There is one Light of the World. One Gospel alone – not numerous gospels. One Jesus Christ who is the ‘I AM’ of Himself and not a construction of our minds. One Jesus Christ who has come in our flesh and who is the means of our interwoveness with the trinity and the trinity’s interwoveness with us.
The revelation of God in Jesus Christ together with His self-revelation to our hearts and minds from within, revolutionises our living of the Christ and the advance of the new creation. It is you who is the manifestation of Christ – not a body of religious belief or a celebrity figure. Christ is in you and you are joined to the trinity in His person. Christ is the image of the invisible God. In Christ so are you. This is the meaning of the sons and daughters of God.
(1) Morrison, Stephen D.. Karl Barth in Plain English (Plain English Series Book 1) (p. 32). Beloved Publishing. Kindle Edition.