Thursday, April 30, 2009
"Man is born broken. He lives by mending. The grace of God is glue." -Eugene O'Neill
"Grace is but glory begun, and glory is but grace perfected." -Jonathan Edwards
"As the grace grows nearer my theology is growing strangely simple, and it begins and ends with Christ as the only Savior of the lost." -Henry Benjamin Whipple
Posted by Stephen at 9:29 PM
Monday, April 13, 2009
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Friday, April 10, 2009
The Bible does not teach that Christ has salvation and dispenses it like a benevolent master giving gifts to his servants who obey him. Christ is our salvation and gives Himself to us as our salvation. He is our life; He is our strength; He is our peace; He is our joy; He is our wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption.
-George W. Peters,
A Biblical Theology of Missions (Chicago: Moody Press, 1972), 65
Posted by Stephen at 10:47 PM
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
With a weak faith and a fearful heart, many a sinner stands before the Lord. It is not the strength of our faith, but the perfection of Christ's sacrifice that saves! No feebleness of faith, nor dimness of eye, no trembling of hand can change the efficacy of Christ's blood. The strength of our faith can add nothing to it, nor can the weakness of our faith take anything from Him. Faith (weak or strong) still reads the promise, "the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin." If at times my eye is so dim that I cannot read these words, through blinding tears or bewildering trials, faith rests itself on the certain knowledge of the fact that THE PROMISE IS THERE, and the blood of Christ remains in all its power and suitableness upon the altar, unchanged and unaffected. God says that the believer is justified. What God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
-Horatius Bonar (1808-1889)
Posted by Stephen at 8:58 PM
Monday, April 6, 2009
Eventually we must learn that we have everything in Christ already. That thing called "patience" that we are so diligently seeking is not a thing at all, it is Christ. "Victory" is no longer a "thing", it is a Man. And so it is with everything else we need. It is certainly possible to seek spiritual blessings from God apart from Christ, or in addition to Christ. What a difference it makes to realize that He HAS (past tense) blessed us already - not with three or five or twenty blessings - but with every spiritual blessing. However many there may be, we have them all. Where and how has He done this? Thank God, it was done the moment we received Christ and entered into Him as our All in All. God would have us seek Him first, and not His things. To Him there is no "thing", for they are all summed up into Christ.
Posted by Stephen at 9:53 PM
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Do not now seek answers which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. The point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer. Take whatever comes with great trust.
-- Rainer Maria Rilke, "Letters to a Young Poet"
Posted by Stephen at 12:52 PM