Thursday, January 26, 2012

Forsyth: absolutely free

Thursday, January 26, 2012
    Feast of Timothy and Titus, Companions of Paul
    Commemoration of Dorothy Kerin, Founder of the Burrswood Healing Community, 1963
    Unlike the other high priests, [Jesus] does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself.
    —Hebrews 7:27 (NIV)
    It is atonement that makes repentance, not repentance that makes atonement. Repentance comes because the Father of love has proved Himself a ‘Holy Father.’ He has closed the rent that sin had made; He offers a pardon that is a pardon, and that is absolutely free.
    ... P. T. Forsyth (1848-1921), from “God as Holy Father,” in Homiletic Review, v. XXXIII, I. K. Funk & D. S. Gregory, eds., New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1897, p. 236 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your forgiveness has turned me away from my sin.
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