Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Chadwick: apathy and unbelief

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
    When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
    —Mark 2:5 (NIV)
    Is it not plain that all spiritual apathy comes not from over-trust but from unbelief, either doubting that sin is present death, or else that holiness is life and that Jesus has a gift to bestow, not in heaven, but promptly, which is better to gain than all the world? Therefore salvation is linked with faith, which earns nothing but elicits all, like the touch that evokes electricity, but which no man supposes to have made it.
    ... G. A. Chadwick (1840-1923), The Gospel According to St. Mark, London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1891, p. 48-49 (see the book)
    See also Mark 2:1-12; Matt. 8:6-13; 9:2-7,20-22; Luke 5:18-26; 7:44-50; 9:24-25; Rom. 3:22-24
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, my belief is so weak. Send Your spirit to strengthen me.
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