Quotations for June, 2017
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Feast of Justin, Martyr at Rome, c.165
Commemoration of Angela de Merici, Founder of the Institute of St. Ursula, 1540
In saying God is there, we are saying God exists, and not just talking about the word god, or the idea god. We are speaking of the proper relationship to the living God who exists. In order to understand the problems of our generation, we should be very alive to this distinction.Semantics (linguistic analysis) makes up the heart of modern philosophical study in the Anglo-Saxon world. Though the Christian cannot accept this study as a total philosophy, there is no reason why he should not be glad for the concept that words need to be defined before they can be used in communication. As Christians, we must understand that there is no word so meaningless as the word god until it is defined. No word has been used to reach absolutely opposite concepts as much as the word god. Consequently, let us not be confused. There is much “spirituality” about us today that would relate itself to the word god or to the idea god; but this is not what we are talking about. Biblical truth and spirituality is not a relationship to the word god, or to the idea god. It is a relationship to the One who is there. This is an entirely different concept.
... Francis A. Schaeffer (1912-1984), The God Who is There , in The Francis A. Schaeffer Trilogy, Good News Publishers, 1990, p. 158
(see the book; see also Ps. 32:8; 73:23; 139:7-10; Isa. 41:13; Matt. 28:20; Heb. 13:5; more at Apologetics, Confusion, Existence, God, Philosophy, Truth, World)
Friday, June 2, 2017
As we shared together our feelings about the study groups, we realized that we were not meeting together each week for an intellectual exercise. Something very real and significant was taking place. We were coming to know that the Christian faith is not primarily an ethic. It is not the struggle to do good or be good, but an encounter with Christ, of which morality and ethical living are by-products.
... Harold R. Fray, Jr. (d. 2009), “The Spirit Making New”, in Spiritual Renewal through Personal Groups, John L. Casteel, ed., NY: Association Press, 1957, p. 72
(see the book; see also 1 Pet. 5:2-3; Isa. 40:11; John 21:15-17; Acts 20:28; 1 Cor. 9:16-17; Tit. 2:7-8; more at Christ, Faith, Goodness, Life, Morality, Religion, Struggle)
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Feast of Edward King, Bishop of Lincoln, Teacher, 1910
Commemoration of Martyrs of Uganda, 1886 & 1978
Wherever there are three persons, even though they are laymen, there is the church. Every man lives by his own faith, and God does not distinguish between classes... Since, in cases of necessity, you have the right to act as a priest, then you must also accept priestly discipline... It is God’s will that all of us should be in the right spiritual state, at any time or place, to administer His sacraments.
... Tertullian (Quintus S. Florens Tertullianus) (160?-230?), The Writings of Quintus Sept. Flor. Tertullianus, v. III, Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1870, p. 11-12
(see the book; see also Matt. 18:19-20; Ex. 20:24; Matt. 28:20; 1 Cor. 5:4; Rev. 21:3; more at Church, Discipline, Faith, God, Priest, Sacrament)
Sunday, June 4, 2017
Jesus’ good news, then, was that the Kingdom of God had come, and that he, Jesus, was its herald and expounder to men. More than that, in some special and mysterious way, he was the kingdom.
... Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990), Jesus: the Man who Lives, London: Collins, 1975, p. 61
(see the book; see also John 3:2-3; Matt. 3:2; 4:17; 10:7; Mark 1:15; John 18:36-37; more at God, Jesus, King, Kingdom, Tidings)
Monday, June 5, 2017
Feast of Boniface (Wynfrith) of Crediton, Archbishop of Mainz, Apostle of Germany, Martyr, 754
Only he who flings himself upward when the pull comes to drag him down, can hope to break the force of temptation. Temptation may be an invitation to hell, but much more is it an opportunity to reach heaven. At the moment of temptation, sin and righteousness are both very near the Christian; but, of the two, the latter is the nearer.
... Charles H. Brent (1862-1929), With God in the World , London: Longmans Green, 1914, p. 49-50
(see the book; see also Heb. 12:3-4; 1 Cor. 10:13; Gal. 6:1; Heb. 2:18; 4:15; Jas. 1:12-17; more at Heaven, Hell, Hope, Opportunity, Righteousness, Sin, Temptation)
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Commemoration of Ini Kopuria, Founder of the Melanesian Brotherhood, 1945
Sunshine let it be, or frost,Storm or calm, as Thou shalt choose;Though Thine every gift were lost,Thee Thyself we could not lose.
... Mary Elizabeth Coleridge (1861-1907), Poems, London: Elkin Mathews, 1908, p. 172
(see the book; see also Mark 4:40; Matt. 10:39; Mark 8:35; Luke 9:24; John 6:39; Acts 20;24; Rom. 8:18; Phil. 3:7-9; more at Choices, Gifts, Jesus)
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
In Romans 7, St. Paul says, “The law is spiritual.” What does that mean? If the law were physical, then it could be satisfied by works, but since it is spiritual, no one can satisfy it unless everything he does springs from the depths of the heart. But no one can give such a heart except the Spirit of God, who makes the person be like the law, so that he actually conceives a heartfelt longing for the law and henceforward does everything, not through fear or coercion, but from a free heart.
... Martin Luther (1483-1546), “Preface to the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans”, par. 6
(see the book; see also Rom. 7:14; Lev. 19:18; Deut. 6:5; Ps. 51:6; Matt. 22:37-40; Heb. 4:12; more at Freedom, God, Heart, Holy Spirit, Law, Longing, People, Spiritual life, Work)
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Feast of Thomas Ken, Bishop of Bath & Wells, Hymnographer, 1711
Commemoration of Roland Allen, Mission Strategist, 1947
What men turn to is more important than what they turn from, even if that to which they turn is only a higher moral truth; but to turn to Christ is far more important than to turn to higher moral truth: it is to turn the face towards Him in whom is all moral truth; it is to turn to Him in whom is not only the virtue which corresponds to the known vice from which the penitent desires to flee, but all virtue; it is to turn the face to all holiness, all purity, all grace. It was this repentance which the apostles preached after Pentecost.
... Roland Allen (1869-1947), Pentecost and the World, London: Oxford University Press, 1917, included in The Ministry of the Spirit, David M. Paton, ed., London: World Dominion Press, 1960, p. 31
(see the book; see also Acts 3:17-20; Luke 24:46-47; Acts 2:38-40; 17:30; 20:21; 26:20; Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 1:13-17; more at Christ, Grace, Holiness, Morality, Penitence, Pentecost, Repentance, Truth, Virtue)
Friday, June 9, 2017
Feast of Columba, Abbot of Iona, Missionary, 597
Commemoration of Ephrem of Syria, Deacon, Hymnographer, Teacher, 373
More than any other religion or, indeed, than any other element in human experience, Christianity has made for the intellectual advance of man in reducing languages to writing, creating literatures, promoting education from primary grades through institutions of university level, and stimulating the human mind and spirit to fresh explorations into the unknown. It has been the largest single factor in combating, on a world-wide scale, such ancient foes of man as war, disease, famine, and the exploitation of one race by another. More than any other religion, it has made for the dignity of human personality. This it has done by a power inherent within it of lifting lives from selfishness, spiritual mediocrity, and moral defeat and disintegration, to unselfish achievement and contagious moral and spiritual power [and] by the high value which it set upon every human soul through the possibilities which it held out of endless growth in fellowship with the eternal God.
... Kenneth Scott Latourette (1884-1968), Advance Through Storm, vol. VII of A history of the expansion of Christianity, London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1939-45, p. 480-481
(see the book; see also Rom. 1:5; 1 Cor. 1:9; Gal. 5:1; Phil. 3:10-11; 1 John 1:3; more at Education, Fellowship, God, Growth, Historical, Morality, Religion, Unselfish, War)
Saturday, June 10, 2017
[Christian Unity] is not a secular unity, and must be prompted by no secular motive. The unity we seek is deeper than anything that the world offers. Communism, Fascism, National Socialism, and even Shintoism have proved their ability to bind men together in a common enterprise with great devotion and self-sacrifice; but these are secular ideals, intermixed with self-interest, the love of mastery, and the use of force. Christian Unity can only be “in Christ.” It is based on the New Birth and New Life in Christ, and upon the oneness of all the members in the Christ who is the Head. Therefore, “the quest for the unity of the Church must in fact be identical with the quest for Jesus Christ as the concrete Head and Lord of the Church.” *What kind of unity, then, do we ask? It must be God’s kind, that for which Christ prayed, and which, therefore, must be in the line of God’s purpose. Will He not then take the initiative? It is for us to wait upon Him, and to go through the gates which He opens, to cast up the highway, to gather out the stones of stumbling, to lift up the standard, and to prepare the way of the Lord. (Isa. 62:10)* Karl Barth, The Church and the Churches, p. 18
... G. T. Manley (1872?-1961?), Christian Unity, London: Inter-Varsity Fellowship, 1945, p. 86
(see the book; see also Rom. 8:19-21; Isa. 62:10; John 17:20-21; Rom. 8:1; 1 Cor. 1:30-31; 2 Cor. 5:17; Eph. 1:13; more at Bondage, Christ, Church, Devotion, Jesus, Prayer, Purpose, Quest, Self-sacrifice, Unity)
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Feast of Barnabas the Apostle
Accustom yourself then by degrees thus to worship Him, to beg His grace, to offer Him your heart from time to time, in the midst of your business, even every moment, if you can. Do not always scrupulously confine yourself to certain rules, or particular forms of devotion, but act with a general confidence in God, with love and humility.
... Brother Lawrence (c.1605-1691), The Practice of the Presence of God, New York, Revell, 1895, Seventh Letter, p. 34-35
(see the book; see also Rom. 8:1-2; Eph. 3:12; Heb. 4:16; 10:35; 1 John 3:21-22; more at Confidence, Devotion, God, Heart, Humility, Love, Offering, Rule, Worship)
Monday, June 12, 2017
I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.
... C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), “Is Theology Poetry?”, in They Asked for a Paper, London: Geoffrey Bles, 1962, p. 165
(see the book; see also John 8:12; Isa. 9:2; Luke 2:30-32; John 1:1-5; 12:35-36; Rom. 12:2; 2 Cor. 4:6; Eph. 5:13-14; more at Belief, Faith, Sight)
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Commemoration of Gilbert Keith Chesterton, Apologist and Writer, 1936
If Christianity should happen to be true—that is to say, if its God is the real God of the universe—then defending it may mean talking about anything and everything. Things can be irrelevant to the proposition that Christianity is false, but nothing can be irrelevant to the proposition that Christianity is true. [All] things not only may have something to do with the Christian God, but must have something to do with Him if He lives and reigns.
... Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G. K. Chesterton, Joseph Pearce, Ignatius Press, 1997, p. 80
(see the book; see also Eph. 1:22-23; Matt. 28:18; 1 Cor. 15:25-27; 2 Pet. 1:16; more at Apologetics, God, Reason, Truth, Universe)
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Commemoration of Richard Baxter, Priest, Hymnographer, Teacher, 1691
Ye holy angels bright,Who wait at God’s right hand,Or through the realms of lightFly at your Lord’s command,Assist our song;For else the themeToo high doth seemFor mortal tongue.
Ye blessed souls at rest,Who ran this earthly race,And now, from sin released,Behold the Saviour’s face,God’s praises sound,As in his sight,With sweet delight,Ye do abound.
Ye saints, who toil below,Adore your heavenly King.And onward as ye goSome joyful anthem sing;Take what he givesAnd praise him still,Through good or ill,Who ever lives!
My soul, bear thou thy part,Triumph in God above:And with a well-tuned heartSing thou the songs of love!Let all thy daysTill life shall end,Whate’er he send,Be filled with praise.
... Richard Baxter (1615-1691), The Poor Man’s Family Book, in The Practical Works of Richard Baxter, v. IV, G. Virtue, 1838, p. 288
(see the book; see also Ps. 47; 66:1-4; 100; 2 Tim. 4:7; Heb. 12:1-2; more at Angel, Life, Praise, Savior, Song, Soul, Worship)
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Feast of Evelyn Underhill, Mystical Writer, 1941
The spiritual life is a stern choice. It is not a consoling retreat from the difficulties of existence, but an invitation to enter fully into that difficult existence, and there apply the Charity of God and bear the cost.
... Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941), The School of Charity, New York: Longmans, Green, 1934, reprinted, Morehouse Publishing, 1991, p. 6
(see the book; see also John 14:21; 15:13; Rom. 5:8; Eph. 1:7-8; 1 Tim. 1:16; 1 John 3:1; 4:8-10; more at Charity, Existence, God, Spiritual life, Trial, Weakness)
Friday, June 16, 2017
Feast of Richard of Chichester, Bishop, 1253
Commemoration of Joseph Butler, Bishop of Durham, Moral Philosopher, 1752
At no point does the Gospel encourage us to believe that every man will hearken to it, charm we never so wisely. The prophets, for all their passionate sincerity, for all their courageous simplifyings of the Gospel, will meet many deaf adders who stop their ears. We must reckon with this certain fact, and refuse to be daunted by it. But also there comes a point where accommodation can go no further. It is the Gospel we have to present, however we do it. We cannot hope to do it unless we walk humbly with the modern man, as well as with God, unless we are much more eager to learn from him and about him, than to instruct him. God help us, it is all very difficult. But was there ever a task better worth trying to do, or one in which, whether we fail or succeed, we more surely find our freedom?
... Roger Lloyd (1901-1966), The Ferment in the Church, London: SCM Press, 1964, p. 121
(see the book; see also Matt. 11:15-17; Ps. 58:4; Isa. 6:9-10; Mic. 6:8; Matt. 11:20; John 6:63; more at Courage, Deafness, Freedom, Gospel, Humility, Instruction, Prophet, Unbelief)
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Commemoration of Samuel & Henrietta Barnett, Social Reformers, 1913 & 1936
Only one thing is quite certain: [the successful man in worldly affairs] too has his time and not more than his time. One day others will come who will do the same things better. And some day he will have been completely forgotten—even if he should have built the pyramids or the St. Gotthard tunnel or invented atomic fission. And one thing is even more certain: whether the achievement of a man’s life is great or small, significant or insignificant—he will one day stand before his eternal judge, and everything that he has done and performed will be no more than a mole hill, and then he will have nothing better to do than hope for something he has not earned: not for a crown, but quite simply for gracious judgment which he has not deserved. That is the only thing that will count then, achievement or not. “My kindness shall not depart from you.” By this man lives. By this alone can he live.
... Karl Barth (1886-1968), Call for God, NY: Harper & Row, 1967, p. 16
(see the book; see also Isa. 54:10; Ps. 46:1-2; 121; Isa. 51:6-7; Matt. 24:35; 2 Pet. 3:10-13; more at Achievement, Forget, Grace, Hope, Judgment, Kindness, Life, Love, Time, Worldly)
Sunday, June 18, 2017
The doctrine of the Holy Trinity is wholly practical; it is revealed to us, to discover our high original and the greatness of our fall, and to show us the deep and profound operation of the triune God in the recovery of the divine life in our souls: that by the means of this mystery thus discovered, our piety may be rightly directed, our faith and prayer have their proper objects, [and] the workings and aspiring of our own hearts may cooperate and correspond with that triune life in the Deity, which is always desiring to manifest itself in us.
... William Law (1686-1761), An Appeal to All that Doubt , in Works of Rev. William Law, v. VI, London: G. Moreton, 1893, p. 82
(see the book; see also 2 Cor. 13:14; Matt. 28:19; John 3:35; 5:20; 6:46; 14:9-11,16; more at Aspiration, Discovery, Faith, Fall, God, Prayer, Soul, Trinity)
Monday, June 19, 2017
Commemoration of Sundar Singh of India, Sadhu, Evangelist, Teacher, 1929
Many people despise those who spend their health, strength and money for the salvation of others, and call them mad. And yet it is they who will save many and be saved themselves.
... Sadhu Sundar Singh (1889-1929), The Message of Sadhu Sundar Singh, B. H. Streeter & A. J. Appasamy, New York: The Macmillan Company, 1922, p. 170
(see the book; see also Acts 26:13-18; Rom. 15:2-3; 1 Cor. 9:19-23; 10:24,33; 2 Cor. 5:13; more at Health, Mission, Money, Salvation, Strength)
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Contentment is not satisfaction. It is the grateful, faithful, fruitful use of what we have, little or much. It is to take the cup of Providence, and call upon the name of the Lord. What the cup contains is its contents. To get all that is in the cup is the act and art of contentment. Not to drink because one has but half a cup, or because one does not like its flavor, or because somebody else has silver to one’s own glass, is to lose the contents; and that is the penalty, if not the meaning, of discontent. No one is discontented who employs and enjoys to the utmost what he has. It is high philosophy to say, we can have just what we like if we like what we have; but this much at least can be done, and this is contentment,—to have the most and best in life by making the most and best of what we have.
... Maltbie D. Babcock (1858-1901), Thoughts for Every-day Living, New York: C. Scribner’s sons, 1901, p. 54
(see the book; see also Phil. 4:10-13; Gen. 28:20-22; Matt. 6:31-34; Luke 3:14; Phil. 3:8-9; 1 Tim. 6:6-9; Heb. 10:34; 13:5-6; more at Contentment, Cup, Discontent, Philosophy, Providence, Satisfaction)
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
The experiencing of divine sonship, of adoption, is the act of the Spirit in our hearts crying Abba, Father (Gal. 4:6; Rom. 8:15,16)... Liberty, peace, and joy are correlative factors in the same moment of experience, and they are all attributed to the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:2,6; 14:17; Gal. 5:22; 1 Thess. 1:6). In the allegory of Abraham’s two sons, Paul contrasts the state of bondage under the law with that of liberty under grace, and defines the one as being after the flesh, but the other after the Spirit (Gal. 4:21-29)... The first great moment of the new life, whether it be called justification by faith, the realisation of sonship, or peace with God, is a work of the Holy Spirit, through the preaching of the word. But [Paul] does not indicate... the exact logical or historical sequence of the various elements in the experience, and it may be doubted whether he would have entertained any idea of sequence within the complex experience of justification. [Continued tomorrow]
... Thomas Rees (1869-1926), The Holy Spirit in Thought and Experience, New York: C. Scribner’s Sons, 1915, p. 81-82
(see the book; see also Gal. 4:6; Rom. 8:2,6,15,16; 14:17; Gal. 4:21-29; 5:22,23; 1 Thess. 1:6; more at Faith, Father, Grace, Holy Spirit, Joy, Justification, Law, Liberty, Peace, Preach, Son)
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Feast of Alban, first Martyr of Britain, c.209
[Continued from yesterday]That Paul regarded the subsequent development of Christian life and character as in its totality the work of the Spirit is not questioned. All the Christian virtues are the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22,23). He is the Spirit of holiness (Rom. 1:4), of sanctification (II Thess. 2:13), and of a new life (Rom. 7:6). Love, the greatest of Christian graces, is the pre-eminent gift of the Spirit (I Cor. 13; Col. 1:8; Rom. 15:30), not only as a grace of character, but also as the principle of unity in the Church (Eph. 4:1-6; cf. Eph. 2:18, 22). The Spirit bestows wisdom and knowledge on the individual and in the Church. Paul spoke “God’s wisdom in a mystery... through the Spirit, for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God” (I Cor. 2:7-10). “For to one is given through the Spirit the word of wisdom, and to another the word of knowledge, according to the same Spirit” (I Cor. 12:8). All Christian knowledge was derived from the Spirit both by Paul and by [the Apostle] John (Eph. 1:17, 23; 3:16-19; John 16:13; I John 2:20, 27; cf. James 1:5; 3:15, 17). [Continued tomorrow]
... Thomas Rees (1869-1926), The Holy Spirit in Thought and Experience, New York: C. Scribner’s Sons, 1915, p. 82
(see the book; see also Eph. 1:17; John 16:13; Gal. 5:22,23; Rom. 1:4; 7:6; 15:30; 1 Cor. 2:7-10; 12:8; 13; Gal. 5:22,23; Eph. 1:23; 2:18, 22; 3:16-19; 4:1-6; Col. 1:8; 2 Thess. 2:13; Jas. 1:5; 3:15, 17; 1 John 2:20, 27; more at Gifts, God, Grace, Holiness, Holy Spirit, Knowledge, Life, Love, Sanctification, Unity, Virtue, Wisdom)
Friday, June 23, 2017
Feast of Etheldreda, Abbess of Ely, c.678
[Continued from yesterday][The Spirit] was the power manifested in the resurrection of Christ (Rom. 1:4), in the inner life of man (Rom. 15:13; Eph. 3:16), and in the preaching of the word (I Thess. 1:5; 1 Cor. 2:4). He is the Spirit of life, both now and hereafter (I Cor. 15:45; Gal. 6:8); and the Spirit of assurance, the guarantee of the new life, whereby man obtains confidence towards God and courage in the face of the world’s evil (II Cor. 1:22; Rom. 5:5; 8:16, 23; Eph. 1:13; 4:30). Man, therefore, as the dwelling-place of the Spirit, is the inalienable possession of God (I Cor. 3:16, 17; 6:19). [Continued tomorrow]
... Thomas Rees (1869-1926), The Holy Spirit in Thought and Experience, New York: C. Scribner’s Sons, 1915, p. 82
(see the book; see also 2 Cor. 1:21-22; Rom. 5:5; 8:16, 23; 15:13; 1 Cor. 2:4; 3:16-17; 6:19; 15:45; Gal. 6:8; Eph. 1:13; 3:16; 4:30; 1 Thess. 1:5; more at Assurance, Christ, Confidence, Courage, Evil, God, Holy Spirit, Life, Man, Possession, Power, Preach, Resurrection)
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Feast of the Birth of John the Baptist
[Continued from yesterday]As the Christian life in the individual is the work of the Spirit, it follows that the corporate realisation of that life, in the Church built upon the foundation of apostles and prophets, is also His creation... The great creative acts and significant turning-points were recognised, either by the Church or by its historian, as determined by the Spirit. The Spirit confirmed and preserved the community from the outset, by the descent at Pentecost (Acts 2:4). The extension of the Gospel beyond Judea and the first mission to the Gentiles were commanded and approved by the Spirit (Acts 8:29; 10:19, 44; 13:2, 4). Paul, on his journeys, was led by the Spirit (Acts 16:6, 7). He himself was especially conscious that his whole ministry was inspired by the Holy Ghost (Rom. 15:18,19). All the apostles were conspicuously men of the Spirit. [Continued tomorrow]
... Thomas Rees (1869-1926), The Holy Spirit in Thought and Experience, New York: C. Scribner’s Sons, 1915, p. 82-83
(see the book; see also Rom. 15:18-19; Acts 2:4; 8:29; 10:19,44; 13:2,4; 16:6-7; more at Church, Community, Creation, Gospel, Holy Spirit, Inspiration, Journey, Life, Pentecost)
Sunday, June 25, 2017
[Continued from yesterday]The Spirit guided the Church in the creation of organisation and officers (Acts 6:3; 20:28). The first three gifts of the Spirit which God had set in the Church were apostles, prophets, and teachers, in addition to which the whole Church had a gift of government (I Cor. 12:4, 28). The decisions of the first council of the Church were first of all the decrees of the Spirit (Acts 15:28). Paul had preached and created churches by the power of the Spirit (I Cor. 2:4; 1 Thess. 1:5,6; Gal. 3:2). In one Spirit were all believers baptized into one body (I Cor. 12:13: cf. Phil. 1:27). The Spirit therefore dwells in the Church as the principle of its entire united and common life (Eph. 2:18, 22; cf. I Cor. 3:16).
... Thomas Rees (1869-1926), The Holy Spirit in Thought and Experience, New York: C. Scribner’s Sons, 1915, p. 83
(see the book; see also Gal. 3:2; Acts 6:3; 15:28; 20:28; 1 Cor. 2:4; 3:16; 12:4,13,28; Eph. 2:18,22; Phil. 1:27; 1 Thess. 1:5-6; more at Baptism, Body of Christ, Church, Disciple, Gifts, Guidance, Holy Spirit, Power, Preach, Prophet, Teach, Unity)
Monday, June 26, 2017
Even in a day of overdone distinctions, one might point out that interpretations are not properly to be classified as historical or dogmatic, but as true or false. If they are false, it does not matter whether they be called dogmatic or historical; and if they are true, they may quite well be both.
... James Denney (1856-1917), The Atonement and the Modern Mind, London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1903, p. 7
(see the book; see also 1 Cor. 15:13-17; Matt. 15:2-6; Mark 7:5-9; Acts 26:8; Gal. 1:14; Col. 2:8; more at Bible, Historical, Truth)
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
The basis of our Lord’s appeal was himself. “Follow me,” “come unto me,” and “ye will not come unto me,” indicate sufficiently that what he offered to men was himself. He seeks to win men’s acceptance of the truth that had come in him. His words and deeds served to indicate what manner of man he was and what kind of work he had come to do; and all the time it is a person addressing persons, seeking to gain their recognition of and their self-commitment to himself. He sought to exercise no authority over men that was not personal, both in the way it was exercised and in the way in which it was recognized and accepted.
... John Huxtable (1912-1990), The Bible Says, London: SCM, 1962, p. 82
(see the book; see also Matt. 4:19; 8:22; 9:9; 16:24; 19:21; Mark 2:14; 10:21; Luke 5:27; John 1:14; 7:17; 8:47; 18:37; 1 John 4:6; more at Commitment, Jesus, Man, People, Truth)
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Feast of Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons, Teacher, Martyr, c.200
The glory of God is a living man; and the life of man consists in beholding God.
... Irenaeus (c.130-c.200), from Adversus Haereses, The Writings of Irenaeus, v. I, Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1868, IV.xx.7, p. 444
(see the book; see also John 1:18,14; 14:9-10; 2 Cor. 4:6; Heb. 1:1-4; more at Glory of God, God, Jesus, Life, Man)
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Feast of Peter & Paul, Apostles
The unbelieving mind would not be convinced by any proof, and the worshiping heart needs none.
... A. W. Tozer (1897-1963), The Knowledge of the Holy, Harper & Row, 1975, p. 65
(see the book; see also Heb. 4:6-7; Luke 16:27-31; John 12:10-11; Acts 28:23; Rom. 8:6-8,16; 2 Cor. 4:3; 5:11; more at Heart, Mind, Proof, Worship)
Friday, June 30, 2017
He is not a good Christian, that is not heartily sorry for the faults even of his greatest enemies; and, if he will be so, he will [lay them bare] no further than is necessary to some good end.
... John Tillotson (1630-1694), Works of Dr. John Tillotson, v. III, London: J. F. Dove, for R. Priestley, 1820, Sermon XLII, p. 268
(see the book; see also Luke 6:27; Ex. 23:4-5; Matt. 5:11,43-45; Luke 6:22,35; 23:34; Rom. 12:17-18; Gal. 6:10; Eph. 4:31; Tit. 3:2; 1 Thess. 5:15; Jas. 4:11; 1 Pet. 2:1; 3:10; 3 John 1:11; more at Enemy, Goodness, Sin, Sorrow)
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