G. C. Berkouwer Quotes

In Scripture the election of God … does not come out of works but out of grace. God’s electing plan prepares the way of salvation in which man learns that salvation is obtained only as a divine gift an never as an acquisiton because of good works.

Every word about the God-breathed character of Scripture is meaningless if Holy Scripture is not understood as the witness concerning Christ.

Grace is the essence of theology and gratitude is the essence of ethics.

The confession of the authority of the Word of God can never be isolated from the saving content of the Word of God.

We can hardly say that the Pharisees had an accurate ‘knowledge’ of man when they pointed to the sins (the real sins) of publicans and sinners. This judgment, which separated knowledge of man from self-knowledge, was as nothing in God’s eyes. The Jew did not have a better understanding because he was able to judge the heathen. In the sphere of abstract morality this could possibly be said, but this is not Biblical morality – O man, who judgest others!

In the New Testament, myth stands over against the truth of the history of Jesus Christ … the decisive die has … been already cast in the New Testament opposition to myth.

In the doctrine of Providence, we have a specific Christian confession exclusively possible through faith in Jesus Christ. This faith is no general, vague notion of Providence. It has a concrete focus: ‘If God is for us, who is against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not also with him freely give us all things?’ (Rom.8:31, 32).

Scripture … does not derive its authority from the fact that we use it, not even when we use Scripture in faith.

Bonhoeffer’s emphasis on the deep this-worldliness of Christianity does not lead to de-escahtologizing the gospel.