Bo Giertz

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Bo Giertz (1905-1998) was a Lutheran theologian and Bishop from Sweden. He wrote some amazing books, including To Live With Christ, and my favorite The Hammer of God.

Quotes

“The conscience, our own anxiety, and all slaves of law bid us go the way of obedience to the very end in order to find peace with God.  But the way of obedience has no end.  It lies endlessly before you, bringing continually severer demands and constantly growing indebtedness…  But now Christ is the end of the law; the road ends at his feet, and here his righteousness is offered to everyone who believes.  It is to that place, to Jesus only, that God has wanted to drive you with all your unrest and anguish of soul.” Bo Giertz (To Live With Christ)

“Lord Jesus, You are the Shepherd and Overseer of our souls. Help us to always understand that You want what is best for us. Help us always remember what You took upon Yourself when You came to seek out those who were lost. You gave Your life for the sheep. You fought with the destroyer, the one who comes to steal, slaughter, and destroy. And You continue to look for us when we go astray. Help us understand what it means when Your hand touches us. Touch our hearts, so we are not afraid and do not try to escape. Let us experience how comforting and delightful it is to be lifted up in Your arms to be carried through all dangers.” – Bo Giertz (To Live With Christ)

“When God descended to earth, He allowed Himself to be born in a manger. When He entered Jerusalem, the symbol of His everlasting realm, He rode in not upon a stallion but upon a little donkey. He did not wear a purple mantel, but was clothed in the people’s cheap homespun clothing. He first received the king’s red mantel a few days later in ridicule, and then it was only a soldier’s tattered cape. There was no sign of the power that no one could defy, nothing of the all-powerful sovereignty over His creation. To many, it was proof that He could not be God. To others, this was the deepest revelation of God’s nature: an almighty power that at the same time is a boundless love so great it allows Him to be trampled upon and sacrificed to save the children He loves.” – Bo Giertz (To Live With Christ)

“If You say so, Lord Jesus, then it is so. Then it is not I who tried to choose to follow You, but You who chose me; it is Your desire. It is not my decision, undertaking, conclusion, or choice that it depends on. You are behind all of it. Is this why my thoughts have not been able to let go of You? Is this why You’ve always returned? Is it for this reason there is desire and yearning in my heart? Lord, I am glad that it is so. And now I ask only that You complete Your work in me and let it become as You have wanted it to be from the very beginning.” – Bo Giertz (To Live With Christ)

“Lord Jesus Christ, You became man so You could be my brother. You let Yourself die so I could also be a child of Your Father. You intervened in this evil world and were plagued by temptations and death just like us so we would be able to be free from all that plagues us now. I ask You to help me not to be afraid, as I no longer need to fear. Help me not to cling to what must be left behind and will not prevail anyway. Lord, I thank You because I no longer need to worry about the death that waits for me because I know that I have a Father in heaven who waits for me, and that You will take me by the hand and lead me to Him. What else do I need as time goes by, when I know I have You? You remain and Your years have no end.” – Bo Giertz (To Live With Christ)

“When God descended to earth, He allowed Himself to be born in a manger. When He entered Jerusalem, the symbol of His everlasting realm, He rode in not upon a stallion but upon a little donkey. He did not wear a purple mantel, but was clothed in the people’s cheap homespun clothing…to many, it was proof that He could not be God. To others, this was the deepest revelation of God’s nature: an almighty power that at the same time is a boundless love so great it allows Him to be trampled upon and sacrificed to save the children He loves.” Bo Giertz (To Live With Christ)

“Jesus says He is the One who has chosen us. Already before the foundations of the world were laid, before anybody was created, God chose us to be His children. Long before we were even born, Christ died so all our sins would be forgiven. Long before we could ever fathom what was happening, Jesus came and laid His hand on us in Baptism and chose us to be His disciples. And when we forgot Him, He was the one who sought us out and was close to us, long before we saw Him.” – Bo Giertz (To Live With Christ)

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