Monday, May 04, 2015

Willard: Christ the Teacher

Monday, May 4, 2015
    Feast of English Saints & Martyrs of the Reformation
    [Jesus:] “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.”
    —Luke 6:43-45 (NIV)
    The overshadowing event of the past two centuries of Christian life has been the struggle between orthodoxy and modernism. In this struggle the primary issue has, as a matter of fact, not been discipleship to Christ and transformation of soul that expresses itself in pervasive, routine obedience to his “all that I have commanded you.” Instead, both sides of the controversy have focused almost entirely upon what is to be explicitly asserted or rejected as essential Christian doctrine. In the process of battles over views of Christ the Savior, Christ the Teacher was lost on all sides.
    ... Dallas Willard (1935-2013), The Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus's Essential Teachings on Discipleship, HarperCollins, 2006, p. 109 (see the book)
    See also Luke 6:43-45; Ps. 51:10,17; 119:11; Pr. 4:21; Matt. 23:25-26; Mark 7:21-23; John 4:23-24; 2 Cor. 4:16-18; Eph. 3:16-19; Col. 3:12-14
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, make Your people disciples once again.
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