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n In die Skriflig - Stol ons "kerklike" godsdiensbeoefening in die historiese Jesus? : focus

Volume 36, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1018-6441
  • E-ISSN: 2305-0853

Abstract


In this article the question is posed whether the kingship of Jesus within modern Reformed ecclesiastical religious practice, and especially within the GKSA, is adequately recognized. It is argued that since Karl Barth, the practice of religion in Reformed churches has in essence focused mainly on the aspect of justification brought about by faith in the atonement on the cross. Another aspect also stressed in Barths' theology, and still prevalent today, is his rejection of God's so-called general revelation in creation and history. Since Barth a biblicistic trend has developed in which the kingship of the risen and glorified Christ has been overwhelmingly neglected. The result is that Jesus is mainly commemorated for his atonement in history and is not experienced as the living and reigning Christ in the present. Present-day faith and worship thus relate directly to the history of Jesus on earth, leaving the impression that no revelation has occurred during the past 2000 years. History has become an embarrassment to present-day preachers. It is asserted that the influence of rationalism and humanism on Reformed worship may have caused a lack of appreciation for the aspect of communion with the glorified Christ. In the GKSA the Lord's Supper is a central event in congregational worship. The Formulary presents the sacrament as a meal to commemorate the death of Christ and does not adequately testify to His kingship here and now. It is apparent that the GKSA inherited many of Zwingli's ideas from the Reformed churches in the Netherlands and did not fully grasp Calvin's emphasis on actual communion with the living and reigning Christ.


Hierdie artikel stel basies die vraag aan die orde of die koningskap van Christus en die kerklike beoefening van godsdiens in die GKSA voldoende tot sy reg kom. Die artikel gaan uit van die waarneming dat regverdigmaking (versoening) deur die verdienste van Jesus aan die kruis die spil is waaromheen kerklike godsdiens (o.a. Nagmaal) in die GKSA beoefen word en stel dat sedert Karl Barth alle nadruk val op die openbaring van God in die Bybel. Die openbaring van God in die skepping, die onderhouding daarvan en die rol van die geskiedenis word grootliks verwaarloos. Die gevolg is dat die verheerlikte Christus se regering nie in die lewe hier en nou ervaar word nie. Gevolglik word die teenswoordige geloof en godsdiensbeoefening gerig op Jesus se aardse lewe en werk van 2000 jaar gelede. Geskiedenis (waarin Hy regeer het en regeer tot vandag) word 'n verleentheid en geïgnoreer. Die invloed van rasionalisme en humanisme mag bygedra het dat die gemeenskap met die verheerlikte Christus nie opsigtelik in kerklike godsdiensbeoefening na vore kom nie. Die godsdiensbeoefening in die GKSA het waarskynlik ontwikkel in die spore van Zwingli en nie in dié van Calvyn nie, sodat dit arm is aan werklike kommunie met die lewende en regerende Christus.

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2002-09-01
2019-09-17

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