An interesting discussion, it ranged from his conviction that we needed to find another word for ‘sin’ because no one understood the word any more, to the merits of Barth’s theology which revealed itself in his conviction that the Bible became the Word of God when applied by the Spirit. He told us that while we spoke of ‘grace’ he would prefer to speak about ‘peace’, he’d trained for the anglican ministry but believed in baptism by immersion, his favourite portion of Scripture was the book of James!
The many doors that opened gave ample opportunity to present Jesus Christ as the one who gives peace to those who confess themselves to be ‘sinners’ and cast themselves upon His mercy.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
Telling mankind how to find ‘peace with God’
1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
That they might know the ‘peace of God’,
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
and thus calling all men everywhere to throw down their arms and end their war against God,
20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.