Monday, January 04, 2016

Jenkins: comprehensible perfection

Monday, January 4, 2016
    Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
    —Philippians 3:8-11 (ESV)
    In the person of Christ, the formidable law of God, which by itself appalls us by its vast comprehensiveness and truth, and makes us hide ourselves from its dread sanctity, is brought down into the life of a brother, ... and we see it illustrated and ratified in human action, we see righteousness that makes us feel more bitterly our sin, that makes us look more disparagingly upon our own efforts, yet leaves in us a longing to be like Him, as if we ought to be as He is.
    ... E. E. Jenkins (1820-1905), Life and Christ [1896] (see the book)
    See also Matt. 11:27; John 1:18; Phil. 3:8-11
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant that I might become like Christ, so that I can abide Your presence.
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