Quotations for October, 2014
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Commemoration of Remigius, Bishop of Rheims, Apostle of the Franks, 533
Commemoration of Thérèse of Lisieux, Carmelite Nun, Spiritual Writer, 1897
Prayer is not intended to change God’s purpose, nor is it to move Him to form fresh purposes. God has decreed that certain events shall come to pass through the means He has appointed for their accomplishment.
... A. W. Pink (1886-1952), The Sovereignty of God , CCEL, 1972, p. 181
(see the book; see also Isa. 40:8; Ps. 24:1; 119:89; Matt. 5:18; Luke 10:21; 16:17; Rom. 8:29-30; Eph. 1:4-5,11-12; 1 Tim. 6:13-16; 1 Pet. 1:24-25; more at Prayer, Providence, Purpose, Will of God)
Thursday, October 2, 2014
And have the bright immensitiesReceived our risen LordWhere light-years frame the PleiadesAnd point Orion’s sword?Do flaming suns his footsteps traceThrough corridors sublime,The Lord of interstellar spaceAnd Conqueror of time? The heaven that hides Him from our sightKnows neither near nor far:An altar candle sheds its lightAs surely as a star;And where His loving people meetTo share the gift divine,There stands He with unhurrying feet,And Heaven’s splendors shine.
... Howard Chandler Robbins (1876-1952), , included in Masterpieces of Religious Verse, James Dalton Morrison, ed., New York: Harper & Bros., 1948, p. 260
(see the book; see also Matt. 28:18; Ps. 2:6-9; 19:1; 110:1-2; Isa. 9:6-7; Dan. 7:13-14; Matt. 11:27; Luke 1:32-33; 10:22; John 3:35; Eph. 1:22-23; Phil. 2:9-11; ; more at God, Heaven, Light, Providence, Star, Time)
Friday, October 3, 2014
Commemoration of William Morris, Artist, Writer, 1896
Commemoration of George Kennedy Bell, Bishop of Chichester, Ecumenist, Peacemaker, 1958
It is worse than useless for Christians to talk about the importance of Christian morality, unless they are prepared to take their stand upon the fundamentals of Christian theology. It is a lie to say that dogma does not matter; it matters enormously. It is fatal to let people suppose that Christianity is only a mode of feeling; it is vitally necessary to insist that it is first and foremost a rational explanation of the universe.
... Dorothy Leigh Sayers (1893-1957), Christian Letters to a Post-Christian World, Eerdmans, 1969, p. 31
(see the book; see also 1 Tim. 4:16; John 7:16-17; Acts 2:42; Rom. 6:17; Col. 2:8; 1 Tim. 4:6; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 4:3; Tit. 1:9; more at Apologetics, Dogma, Morality, Reason, Theology, Thought)
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Feast of Francis of Assisi, Friar, Deacon, Founder of the Friars Minor, 1226
Jesus came!—and came for me.Simple words! and yet expressingDepths of holy mystery,Depths of wondrous love and blessing. Holy Spirit, make me seeAll His coming means for me;Take the things of Christ, I pray,Show them to my heart today.
... Frances Ridley Havergal (1836-1879), The Poetical Works of Frances Ridley Havergal, New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., 1888, p. 167
(see the book; see also Luke 5:31-32; Matt. 9:10; Mark 2:17; John 3:16; Rom. 5:8; 1 Tim. 1:15; 2 Tim. 1:10; Tit. 2:12-14; 3:4-7; Heb. 9:26; more at Blessing, Christ, Christmas, Heart, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Love)
Sunday, October 5, 2014
It is never on account of its formal nature as a mental act that faith is conceived in Scripture to be saving,—as if this frame of mind or attitude of heart were itself a virtue with claims on God for reward... It is not, strictly speaking, even faith in Christ that saves, but Christ that saves through faith. The saving power resides exclusively, not in the act of faith or the attitude of faith or the nature of faith, but in the object of faith.
... Benjamin B. Warfield (1851-1921), in “Faith”, q.v., Dictionary of the Bible, v. I, James Hastings, New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1911, p. 837
(see the book; see also Eph. 2:8-9; John 6:44,65; Rom. 1:16; 3:22-24; 4:16; 10:9-10; Gal. 1:8-9; 3:14,22; Col. 2:16-18; 1 Tim. 4:1; 1 John 5:10-12; more at Attitudes, Christ, Faith, God, Power, Salvation, Scripture)
Monday, October 6, 2014
Feast of William Tyndale, Translator of the Scriptures, Martyr, 1536
Spirituality is not a formula; it is not a test. It is a relationship. Spirituality is not about competency; it is about intimacy. Spirituality is not about perfection; it is about connection. The way of the spiritual life begins where we are now in the mess of our lives. Accepting the reality of our broken, flawed lives is the beginning of spirituality not because the spiritual life will remove our flaws but because we let go of seeking perfection and, instead, seek God, the one who is present in the tangledness of our lives.
... Mike Yaconelli (1942-2003), Messy Spirituality , Zondervan, 2007, p. 14
(see the book; see also John 6:27; Ps. 1:1-2; 119:11; Jer. 9:23-24; Luke 19:5-9; Rom. 8:6-7; 12:2; 1 John 4:6-7; 5:3-4; more at Beginning, God, Knowing God, Perfection, Spiritual life)
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Workers, here is your first lesson: learn to be nothing, learn to be helpless. The man who has got something is not absolutely dependent; but the man who has got nothing is absolutely dependent. Absolute dependence upon God is the secret of all power in work. The branch has nothing but what it gets from the vine, and you and I can have nothing but what we get from Jesus.
... Andrew Murray (1828-1917), Absolute Surrender, Bible Institute Colportage Association, 1897, p. 114
(see the book; see also John 15:5-6; 5:19,30; 6:36; Acts 20:24; Rom. 7:18; 2 Cor. 3:5; 12:11; Gal. 6:3; Phil. 2:5-8; more at Dependence, God, Helplessness, Jesus, Power)
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Love all your neighbors, but especially those to whom God has given the strongest claims upon your affection. Set yourself steadfastly to those duties which have the least attractive exterior; it matters not whether God’s Holy Will be fulfilled in great or small matters. Long ceaselessly after perfect union of your will with that of our Lord. Be patient with yourself and your own failings; never be in a hurry, and do not yield to longings after that which is impossible to you.
... François de Sales (1567-1622), A Selection from the Spiritual Letters of St. Francis de Sales , New York: E. P. Dutton, 1876, p. 225
(see the book; see also Rom. 13:8-10; Matt. 22:39-40; Mark 12:33; Luke 10:29-37; Rom. 15:2; Gal. 5:14; Jas. 2:8; more at Affection, Duty, God, Holiness, Love, Neighbor, Patience, Steadfast)
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Commemoration of Denys, Bishop of Paris, & his Companions, Martyrs, 258
Commemoration of Robert Grosseteste, Bishop of Lincoln, Philosopher, Scientist, 1253
The glory of Jesus Christ is involved in every temptation by which we are threatened, and for His sake, if not for our own, we must stand firm.
... Frederick Brotherton Meyer (1847-1929), Saved and Kept: Counsels to Young Believers, New York: Fleming H. Revell, 1897, p. 61
(see the book; see also 2 Tim. 4:18; Luke 22:31-32; John 10:28-30; Rom. 8:15,28; 1 Cor. 10:13; 2 Cor. 1:10-11; Heb. 6:4-6; 2 Pet. 2:9; more at Christ, Glory, Jesus, Perseverance, Temptation)
Friday, October 10, 2014
Feast of Paulinus, Bishop of York, Missionary, 644
The whole story in the New Testament is written... from the point of view of the Resurrection, and the Christian faith is inexplicable otherwise.
... Lesslie Newbigin (1909-1998), Journey Into Joy, Christian Literature Society, 1972, reprint, Wm. B. Errdmans, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1973, p. 45
(see the book; see also 1 Cor. 15:12-14,20; John 11:25-26; Rom. 4:24-25; 8:11; 2 Cor. 4:13-14; Col. 3:1-4; 1 Thess. 4:14; Heb. 13:20-21; Rev. 1:18; more at Bible, Faith, Resurrection)
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Commemoration of Ethelburga, Abbess of Barking, 675
Let God’s distinguishing love to you be a motive to you to fear Him greatly. He hath put His fear in thy heart, and hath not given that blessing to thy neighbour; perhaps not to thy husband, thy wife, thy child, or thy parent. O what an obligation should this consideration lay upon thy heart greatly to fear the Lord! Remember also... that this fear of the Lord is His treasure, a choice jewel, given only to favourites, and to those that are greatly beloved.
... John Bunyan (1628-1688), A Treatise on the Fear of God , in The Whole Works of John Bunyan, v. I, pt. 2, Glasgow: Blackie, 1862, p. 479
(see the book; see also Pr. 14:27; Deut. 6:1-2,24; 10:20-21; 1 Sam. 12:24; Job 28:28; Ps. 19:9; 22:23; 111:10; 115:11-13; 118:4; Pr. 1:7; 8:13; 9:10; Jer. 5:23-24; Acts 9:31; more at Fear, God, Heart, Love, Treasure)
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Commemoration of Wilfrid, Abbot of Ripon, Bishop of York, Missionary, 709
Commemoration of Elizabeth Fry, Prison Reformer, 1845
Prayer freshens the heart of the preacher, keeps it in tune with God and in sympathy with the people, lifts his ministry out of the chilly air of a profession, fructifies routine and moves every wheel with the facility and power of a divine unction.
... E. M. Bounds (1835-1913), Preacher and Prayer, Publishing House of the M. E. Church, South, Dallas, Tex., 1907, p. 28
(see the book; see also 2 Tim. 2:15; 1 Cor. 1:22-23; Phil. 1:9-10; Col. 4:2-4; 2 Tim. 4:2; more at Anoint, Heart, Minister, Prayer, Preacher)
Monday, October 13, 2014
Feast of Edward the Confessor, 1066
Faith, in the religious sense, is not simply belief; it is inseparable from the sister virtues of hope and love.
... William R. Inge (1860-1954), Faith and its Psychology, Scribner, 1910, p. 2
(see the book; see also 1 Thess. 1:3; 1 Cor. 13:2,13; Gal. 5:6; Col. 1:3-6; 1 Tim. 1:5; 1 Pet. 1:21; more at Belief, Faith, Hope, Love, Virtue)
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
God is the great Conductor, and the individual members of the orchestra [namely, the whole body of Christ] each play their varying parts on different instruments; but if all follow the Conductor the whole composition will be a complete and beautiful symphony in perfect harmony.
... Kokichi Kurosaki (1886-1970), One Body in Christ, Kobe, Japan: Eternal Life Press, 1954, ch. 5
(see the book; see also 1 Cor. 12:12-31; John 17:20-21; Rom. 12:4-8; 1 Cor. 1:10; 10:16-17; Eph. 3:6; 4:3-13; 5:19-20; Col. 3:15; 1 Pet. 3:8; more at Beauty, Body of Christ, God, Harmony, Perfection)
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Feast of Teresa of Avila, Mystic, Teacher, 1582
To know that nothing hurts the godly, is a matter of comfort; but to be assured that ALL things which fall out shall cooperate for their good, that their crosses shall be turned into blessings, that showers of affliction water the withering root of their grace and make it flourish more; this may fill their hearts with joy till they run over.
... Thomas Watson (c.1620-1686), preface, A Divine Cordial , Religious Tract Society, 1848, p. 3
(see the book; see also Rom. 8:28; Deut. 8:5; Ps. 23:4-6; 91:9-10; 126:5-6; Pr. 3:11-12; Matt. 5:4; Rom. 8:18; 2 Cor. 4:17; Heb. 12:7; Jas. 1:2-3; 5:11; 1 Pet. 1:6; 4:13-14; 5:10; Rev. 3:19; more at Affliction, Assurance, Blessing, Cross, Godly, Goodness, Grace, Heart, Joy)
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Commemoration of the Oxford Martyrs, Hugh Latimer, Nicolas Ridley, and Thomas Cranmer, bishops and martyrs, 1555
It is impossible to be neutral about Jesus Christ. We must either accept or reject his claims. Not to decide is to decide. He does not call us to a merely verbal confession or a merely intellectual commitment, but to an unreserved decision to build our lives on Christ as a foundation.
... Clark H. Pinnock (1937-2010), A Case for Faith, Bethany House, 1987, p. 90
(see the book; see also John 12:42-43; Matt. 7:21-27; 10:32; 28:17; Mark 3:35; Luke 12:8; John 1:11-13; 7:3-5; Rom. 10:10; 1 John 4:2; more at Call, Christ, Commitment, Confession, Jesus, Life)
Friday, October 17, 2014
Feast of Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, Martyr, c.107
There is a joy which is not given to the ungodly, but to those who love Thee for Thine own sake, whose joy Thou Thyself art. And this is the happy life, to rejoice to Thee, of Thee, for Thee; this it is, and there is no other.
... St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430), Confessions , Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1886, X.xxii, p. 260
(see the book; see also Jude 1:24-25; Isa. 48:22; John 11:25-26; 14:6; Acts 3;15; Rom. 15:13; Gal. 2:20; Col. 3:4; 1 Pet. 4:13; 1 John 5:12; more at Devotion, Happiness, Joy, Life, Love, Prayers)
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Feast of Luke the Evangelist
A church can wither as surely under the ministry of soulless Bible exposition as it can where no Bible at all is given. To be effective the preacher’s message must be alive; it must alarm, arouse, challenge; it must be God’s present voice to a particular people.
... A. W. Tozer (1897-1963), Of God and Men, Harrisburg, Penn.: Christian Publications, Inc., 1960, p. 24
(see the book; see also 2 Cor. 3:6-9; John 5:21; 6:63; Rom. 3:20; 7:6,9-11; 1 Cor. 2:12-13; 1 Pet. 4:11; more at Bible, Challenge, God, Minister, Preacher)
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Feast of Henry Martyn, Translator of the Scriptures, Missionary in India & Persia, 1812
Praying in faith comes from an abiding faith in the Person prayed to—the confidence is in Him. It is based on a knowledge of who He is, and on a trusted conviction that He is worthy to be trusted. Praying in faith is the act of a simple-hearted child of God.
... Corrie ten Boom (1892-1983), Jesus is Victor, Revell, 1985, p. 201
(see the book; see also 2 Cor. 3:3-4; Ps. 118:8-9; Acts 4:31; Eph. 3:12; Heb. 3:3; 4:16; 10:19-22; Rev. 4:11; more at Child, Confidence, Faith, God, Knowing God, Prayer, Trust)
Monday, October 20, 2014
We can have no power from Christ unless we live in a persuasion that we have none of our own.
... John Owen (1616-1683), V.4 in A Discourse Concerning Holy Spirit, bk. I-V , in Works of John Owen, v. III, London: Johnson & Hunter, 1852, p. 619
(see the book; see also 2 Cor. 12:9-10; Acts 5:41; Rom. 5:3-5; 8:35-39; 2 Cor. 4:8-10,17; 13:4; Phil. 2:17; 1 Pet. 4:13-14; more at Christ, Life, Power, Weakness)
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Your identity is in eternity, and your homeland is heaven. When you grasp this truth, you will stop worrying about “having it all” on earth. God is very blunt about the danger of living for the here and now and adopting the values, priorities, and lifestyles of the world around us. When we flirt with the temptations of this world, God calls it spiritual adultery.
... Rick Warren (b.1954), The Purpose Driven Life , Zondervan, 2012, p. 48
(see the book; see also Mark 8:38; Ps. 15; Hos. 1:2; Matt. 6:24; 12:39; 16:4; Luke 12:15-21; Rom. 12:2; Heb. 11:13; Jas. 4:1-2,4; 1 Pet. 1:1-2; 1 John 2:15-16; more at Danger, Earth, Eternity, God, Heaven, Temptation, Worry)
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
The theology of incarnation is fundamental; Jesus came to live among those for whom he died to save. The Christian has always to be identified closely with those to whom he is called to witness. More than physical presence is needed, there needs to be a psychological presence too. It is possible to live in one area whilst having one’s children educated outside it, and for one’s thought-life and friendships to be in quite a different world. If the presence is to be real, it needs to be a committed and involved presence in the local church life and in the local community.
... David Bronnert, “The Gospel and Culture”, in The Changing World, Bruce Kaye, ed., vol. 3 of Obeying Christ in a Changing World, John Stott, gen. ed., 3 vol., London: Fountain, 1977, p. 127
(see the book; see also Heb. 2:17-18; Matt. 9:10-12; Luke 5:30-32; 15:1-2; 19:5; John 1:14; 2 Cor. 5:16; Phil. 2:6-8; Heb. 2:11-12; 1 John 1:3; more at Church, Commitment, Community, Incarnation, Jesus, Salvation, Theology, Witness)
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Let us not forget the humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us not think of it vaguely, and fall into the heretical fancy that the Son of God became man merely to transact certain things which were necessary to secure the salvation of men, and that after this object was achieved His human nature recedes into the background and impenetrable obscurity. No, it is not so; all-important as His work on earth was—the only foundation of our hope and blessedness—let us adore the revealed mystery that God gave us His Son, never to recall Him, as it were, and take Him away from us; He spared Him not and gave Him to us, allowing Him to become man, exalting Him as the Son of Man, enthroning Him because of his obedience unto death, and giving unto Him as the Son of Man all power in heaven and earth.
... Adolph Saphir (1831-1891), Christ and Israel, London: Morgan and Scott, 1911, p. 145-146
(see the book; see also Phil. 2:5-11; Ps. 22:1-5; Isa. 53:10; Matt. 4:1-2; 11:29; 28:18-20; Luke 24:41-43; John 1:14; 3:16-17; Rom. 5:8; 8:32; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Tim. 3:16; Heb. 12:2; 1 John 1:2-3; 4:2-3,10; more at Christ, God, Jesus, Man, Power, Salvation, Son)
Friday, October 24, 2014
Never again are we to look at the stars, as we did when we were children, and wonder how far it is to God. A being outside our world would be a spectator, looking on but taking no part in this life where we try to be brave despite all the bafflement. A God who created, and withdrew, could be mighty, but he could not be love. Who could love a God remote, when suffering is our lot? Our God is closer than our problems, for they are out there, to be faced; He is here, beside us, Emmanuel.
... Joseph E. McCabe (1912-2001?), Handel’s Messiah, Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1978, p. 27
(see the book; see also Ps. 139:7-10; 46:7; 145:18; Isa. 9:6-7; 44:3; Jer. 13:24; Eze. 36:25-27; Joel 2:28-29; Matt. 1:23; John 1:14; 17:3; Acts 2:38-39; 8:17 Rom. 8:11; 2 Pet. 3:9; 1 John 3:2; more at Adversity, Apologetics, Child, God, Love, Star, Suffer, Wonder, World)
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Commemoration of Crispin & Crispinian, Martyrs at Rome, c.285
If prayer is not a play of the religious fantasy, or a routine task, it must be the application of faith to a concrete actual and urgent situation. Only remember that prayer does not work by magic, and that stormy desire is not fervent, effectual prayer. You may be but exploiting a mighty power; whereas you must be in real contact with the real God. It is the man that most really has God that most really seeks God.
... P. T. Forsyth (1848-1921), The Soul of Prayer , Regent College Publishing, 2002, p. 76
(see the book; see also Pr. 8:17; Deut. 4:29; Ps. 119:10; Jer. 29:12-14; Lam. 3:25; Matt. 6:33; 7:7-8; John 3:18-19; Heb. 4:2; 11:6; 1 John 1:7; more at Faith, God, Man, Power, Prayer)
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Feast of Alfred the Great, King of the West Saxons, Scholar, 899
Commemoration of Cedd, Founding Abbot of Lastingham, Bishop of the East Saxons, 664
We may have as much of God as we will. Christ puts the key of the treasure chamber into our hand, and bids us take all that we want. If a man is admitted into the bullion vault of a bank, and told to help himself, and comes out with one cent, whose fault is it that he is poor? Whose fault is it that Christian people generally have such scanty portions of the free riches of God?
... Alexander Maclaren (1826-1910), The Gospel of St. Matthew, v. 1, London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1892, p. 112
(see the book; see also Matt. 7:1-12; Ps. 84:11; 85:12; Matt. 6:19-21; 13:44-46; Luke 11:13; 12:33-34; 2 Cor. 9:8-11; Eph. 3:8-9; Col. 2:2-3; Tit. 3:4-7; more at Christ, God, People, Poverty, Treasure)
Monday, October 27, 2014
Let us recognize, then, the fact that God is incessantly speaking in us. He speaks in the impenitent also, but, stunned by the noise of the world and their passions, they cannot hear Him; the interior voice is to them a fable. He speaks in awakened sinners; they are sensible of remorse of conscience, which is the voice of God reproaching them inwardly for their sins. When they are deeply moved, they have no difficulty in understanding about this interior voice, for it is it that pierces them so sharply. It is in them that two-edged sword of which Paul speaks as piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit.
... François Fénelon (1651-1715), Spiritual Progress: or, Instructions in the Divine Life of the Soul, New York: M. W. Dodd, 1853, p. 91-92
(see the book; see also Heb. 4:12; 1 Kings 19:11-12; Ps. 119:130; Eccl. 12:11; Isa. 55:10-11; Jer. 17:10; Matt. 13:18-23; Rom. 1:16; 2 Cor. 10:4-5; Eph. 6:17; 1 Thess. 2:13; 1 Pet. 1:23; Rev. 1:16; more at Awakening, Conscience, God, Remorse, Sin, Sinner, Soul, Spirit, Sword, Understanding)
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Feast of Simon & Jude, Apostles
A basic principle in the interpretation of the Bible is that one must first ask what a given Scripture was intended to mean to the people for whom it was originally written; only then is the interpreter free to ask what meaning it has for Christians today.Failure to ask this primary question and to investigate the historical setting of Scripture have prevented many Christians from coming to a correct understanding of some parts of the Bible. Nowhere is this more true than in respect to the last book in the Bible. Here, there has been a singular lack of appreciation for the historical background of the book; the book has been interpreted as if it were primarily written for the day in which the expositor lives (which is usually thought to be the end time), rather than in terms of what it meant to the first-century Christians of the Roman province of Asia for whom it was originally written. This has resulted in all sorts of grotesque and fantastic conclusions of which the author of the Revelation and its early recipients never would have dreamed.
... W. Ward Gasque, Sir William M. Ramsay: Archaeologist and New Testament Scholar, Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1966, p. 48
(see the book; see also Rev. 1:9; Rom. 2:7; 5:3-4; 2 Thess. 1:4-5; Heb. 10:34-36; Rev. 3:10; 4:2; 13:10; 14:12; more at Bible, Failure, Historical, People, Question, Revelation, Scripture)
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Commemoration of James Hannington, Bishop of Eastern Equatorial Africa, Martyr in Uganda, 1885
If Christians are ever to be united, they must be united in Christ, their living head and the source of their spiritual life.
... Philip Schaff (1819-1893), The Life of Philip Schaff: in part autobiographical, David Schley Schaff, New York: C. Scribner’s Sons, 1897, p. 473
(see the book; see also Heb. 4:15; John 17:22-23; 2 Cor. 5:17; Eph. 1:9-10,22-23; 4:15; Col. 1:18-20,24; more at Christ, Church, Leader, Spiritual life, Unity)
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Commemoration of Martin Luther, Teacher, Reformer, 1546
Because of the incomplete gifts and because of the Spirit, there is nothing damnable in those who are in Christ. Because our flesh has not been killed, we are still sinners, but because we believe in Christ and have the beginnings of the Spirit, God so shows us his favor and mercy, that he neither notices nor judges such sins. Rather he deals with us according to our belief in Christ until sin is killed.
... Martin Luther (1483-1546), “Preface to the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans”, par. 12
(see the book; see also Rom. 8:1-2; Ps. 32:1-2; Isa. 54:17; Jer. 31:34; John 3:18-19; Rom. 5:1-2; 7:20; 1 Cor. 15:22; 2 Cor. 5:17; Tit. 2:11-14; 1 John 2:1; more at Belief, Christ, Gifts, God, Holy Spirit, Judgment, Mercy)
Friday, October 31, 2014
Luther had grasped by faith the free and unconditional forgiveness of all his sins. That experience taught him that this grace had cost him his very life, and must continue to cost him the same price day by day. So far from dispensing him from discipleship, this grace only made him a more earnest disciple.
... Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), The Cost of Discipleship, Simon and Schuster, 1959, p. 49
(see the book; see also Rom. 1:16-17; Hab. 2:4; John 3:36; 14:1; Rom. 3:3; 6:1-2; Gal. 3:11; Eph. 2:8-9; Phil. 3:8-9; Heb. 11:6-7; more at Disciple, Experience, Faith, Forgiveness, Grace, Life, Sin)
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