Friday, May 30, 2014

Watson: the hidden ones

Friday, May 30, 2014
    Feast of Josephine Butler, Social Reformer, 1906
    Commemoration of Joan of Arc, Visionary, 1431
    Commemoration of Apolo Kivebulaya, Priest, Evangelist, 1933
    For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
    —Colossians 3:3 (NIV)
    The saints of God are called hidden ones. Why so? not only because they are hid in God’s decree, and hid in Christ’s wounds, but oftentimes God hides them in a time of danger and calamity: they are hidden ones. He reserved to himself seven thousand that had not bowed the knee to Baal. The prophet knew not where there was one, but God knew there were seven thousand.
    ... Thomas Watson (c.1620-1686), preached Aug. 19, 1662, in Farewell Sermons of Some of the Most Eminent of the Nonconformist Ministers, London: Gale and Fenner, 1816, p. 211 (see the book)
    See also Col. 3:3; 1 Kings 19:14,18; Ps. 83:3; Isa. 3:10-11; John 14:27; 2 Cor. 3:3-4; Phil. 4:7; 1 Pet. 3:4; Heb. 4:16
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I am safe with You.
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