He alone is the Truth

. . . at every point in our theological inquiry we have to let our knowledge, our theology, our formulations, our statements, be called into question by the very Christ toward whom they point, for He alone is the Truth…

Out of sheer respect for the majesty of the Truth as it is revealed in the Holy Scriptures, we have to do our utmost to speak correctly and exactly about it—that is the meaning of orthodoxy and the way of humility—but when we have done all this, we have still to confess that we are unfaithful servants, that all our efforts fall far short of the truth.

Far from seeking justification on the ground of our “orthodoxy,” we can only serve the Truth faithfully if we point away from ourselves and our statements to Christ Himself, and direct all eyes to Him alone. He who boasts of orthodoxy thus sins against Justification by Christ alone, for he justifies himself by appeal to his own beliefs or his own formulations of belief and thereby does despite to the Truth and Grace of Christ.

Once a Church begins
to boast of its “orthodoxy”
it begins to fall from Grace.

–Thomas F. Torrance

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Nailing it down

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There are times when we need to drive a stake into the ground to establish a fact, to make a statement. The marker becomes a tangible reminder that dispels uncertainty—that ends discussion. It makes the verbal visible. It is something we can point to and come back to.

When the Maker of the planet purposed to confirm to us the reality of His unrelenting love, He was kind enough to place the matter beyond dispute. He hammered into the soil an enormous wooden stake. It left no room for doubt. He made His point pain-fully clear. And it bore an unmistakable resemblance to a cross.

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Back to Center

A soul finds itself only as it finds itself in Christ. Here it lives. A great fly wheel in a factory revolves with tremendous speed and power and yet with perfect silence. Why? It is adjusted, it has found its centre. But take it off its centre and make it ec-centric, it then shakes itself and the building to pieces. It has become a thing of destruction instead of construction.

Life in Christ has found its center,
and it silently sings to the music
of its found rhythm.

But take life out of Christ and it becomes ec-centric, inwardly full of friction and outwardly full of clash.

–E. Stanley Jones

His purpose is firm

HE WILL NOT BUDGE

His love does not change, fluctuate or falter

It is strong, it is fixed, it is inmovable

His purpose is firm.

He will not budge.

 

HE WILL NOT BACK DOWN

His love will not resign, retreat or relent.

It is irreversible, indomitable and will not go away

His purpose is firm.

He will not back down.

 

HE WILL NOT QUIT

His love will not step down or accept defeat

It is determined; it is persistent.

His purpose is firm.

He will not quit.

 

HE WILL NOT STOP

His love does not take “no” for an answer

It is tenacious, it is vigorous, it is eternal

His purpose is firm

He will not stop.

 

HE WILL NOT REST

His love will not let up, slacken or surrender

It is tireless, obstinant and knows no fatigue

His purpose is firm

He will not rest.

 

HE WILL NOT ABANDON THE CHASE

His love will not be deterred and will not give up

It is unswerving and unwavering.

His purpose is firm.

He will not abandon the chase.

 

HE WILL NOT CHANGE

His love will not alter, vary or diminish

It is unflinching, unbending, stedfast

His purpose is firm

He will not change.

 

HE WILL NOT FAIL

His love will not be frustrated or thwarted

It will overcome every obstacle and prevail

His purpose is firm

He will not fail.

 

God told them, “I’ve never quit loving you and never will.

Expect love, love, and more love!

-Jer. 31:3 The Message


Published in: on 02/07/2010 at 18:15  Leave a Comment  
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