Sunday, August 31, 2014

Saphir: the new covenant

Sunday, August 31, 2014
    Feast of Aidan, Bishop of Lindisfarne, Missionary, 651
    Commemoration of Cuthburga, Founding Abbess of Wimborne, c.725
    Commemoration of John Bunyan, Spiritual Writer, 1688
    The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
    —1 Timothy 1:14 (NIV)
    John Bunyan understood the Gospel when he wrote that tract, “The Jerusalem Sinner Saved.” He knew that every sinner is a Jerusalem sinner who has crucified the Lord of Glory; and to whom, notwithstanding all this, the grace of God is exceedingly abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. Therefore the Apostle Paul himself is a pattern... of the grace of God abounding to the Christ-crucifiers. A new covenant is made with those who transgressed the first covenant. It is the brethren of Joseph, who have sold him into Egypt, who are made the partakers of Joseph’s power and of Joseph’s riches.
    ... Adolph Saphir (1831-1891), Christ and Israel, London: Morgan and Scott, 1911, p. 191 (see the book)
    See also 1 Tim. 1:14; Matt. 27:25; Acts 2:36; 4:8-10; 7:9-10,52; 1 Cor. 1:22-23; 2:8; Heb. 6:4-6; 10:29
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I have participated in Your death.
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