Thursday, March 26, 2015

Westcott: the mark of saints

Thursday, March 26, 2015
    Feast of Harriet Monsell of Clewer, Religious, 1883
    I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints.
    —Philemon 1:4-5 (NIV)
    The mark of a saint is not perfection but consecration. A saint is not a man without faults, but a man who has given himself without reserve to God. In the language of the New Testament every baptized Christian—dead and buried and raised in Christ—is a saint. We are dwelling among saints: we are saints. That is the will of God for us. If it is unaccomplished, the failure comes through our faithlessness.
    ... Brooke Foss Westcott (1825-1901), Social Aspects of Christianity, Macmillan, 1887, p. 156-157 (see the book)
    See also Philemon 1:4-5; John 17:15-19; Rom. 15:15-16
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, keep me from faithlessness.
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