1850 SK on Christ

Kierkegaard thought about the idea of Christ. God became Man in the person of Christ. Therefore, there was something different about him than there is about any other man or woman. Kierkegaard believed that we can only know about Christ from what the Gospels say and what he said while on earth. He didn’t say a word from his throne of glory but many want to put words into his mouth. Kierkegaard was against this. Below are some quotes where he makes his point.


Selections from the writings of Kierkegaard by Kierkegaard, Søren, 1813-1855; Hollander, Lee Milton, 1880- p. 166 From Preparation for a Christian Life also called Practice in Christianity


Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.  Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein. Hebrews 13:7-9


sk2eyesJesus Christ is the same; yet lived he 1800 years ago in debasement, and is transfigured only at his return. As yet he has not returned; therefore he is still the one in lowly guise about whom we believe that he will return in glory. Whatever he said and taught, every word he spoke, becomes eo ipso untrue if we give it the appearance of having been spoken by Christ in his glory. Nay, he is silent.

It is the lowly Christ who speaks. The space of time between (i.e. between his debasement and his return in glory) which is at present about 1800 years, and will possibly become many times 1800 — this space of time, or else what this space of time tries to make of Christ, the worldly information about him furnished by world history or church history, as to who Christ was, as to who it was who really spoke these words — all this does not concern us, is neither here nor there, but only serves to corrupt our conception of him, arid thereby renders untrue these words of invitation.p. 166


Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:17 ESV

Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: “I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god.” Isaiah 44:6 ESV


“History,” says faith, “has nothing to do with Christ.” With regard to him we have only Sacred History (which is different in kind from general history). Sacred History which tells of his life and career when in debasement, and tells also that he affirmed himself to be God. He is the paradox which history never will be able to digest or convert into a general syllogism. How strange, then, that one ever wished to use history in order to prove Christ divine. p. 172

It is the lowly Jesus Christ who spoke these words. And no word of Christ, not a single one, have you permission to appropriate to yourself, you have not the least share in him, are not in any way of his company, if you have not become his contemporary in lowliness in such fashion that you have become aware, precisely like his contemporaries, of his warning : “Blessed is he whosoever shall not be offended in me.”° You have no right to accept Christ’s words, and then lie him away; you have no right to accept Christ’s words, and then in a fantastic manner, and with the aid of history, utterly change the nature of Christ ; for the chatter of history about him is literally not worth a fig. p. 179

 

 

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