Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Saphir: creed vs. actuality

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
    Feast of Benedict of Nursia, Father of Western Monasticism, c.550
    God presented [Jesus] as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
    —Romans 3:25-26 (NIV)
    It is one thing to believe in justification by faith, it is another thing to be justified by faith.
    ... Adolph Saphir (1831-1891), Christ and Israel, London: Morgan and Scott, 1911, p. 73 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, transform the theoretical belief into a reality for all Your people.
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