The Children of God by Leslie Baker


Writing during war-time and captivity, Bonhoeffer calls the followers of Jesus, the children of God. “The followers of Jesus have been called to peace. When they were called they found peace, for Jesus is that peace. Now these ‘followers’ are asked to go one step further in their discipleship, and told not only to “have peace but make peace” too. They must ‘renounce all violence and tumult’, and in the cause of Christ nothing will be gained by such methods. “The kingdom of Christ is one of peace, and his disciples must keep and maintain that peace by enduring the individual suffering themselves, rather than inflict violence on others. Evil is slain by the discipleship of good, and peacemakers will …carry the cross with their Lord, for it was on the cross that peace was made. Now that they are partners in Christ’s work of reconciliation, they are called the sons of God as he is the Son of God.”

In these selections from, The Cost of Discipleship, which discusses the meaning of the Beatitudes, a parting question is posed by Bonhoeffer: “we naturally ask if there is any place on this earth for the community which is described? The answer is, of course to be found …on the cross…The fellowship of the beatitudes is the fellowship of the Crucified. With him it has lost all, and with him it has found all.”