Friday, June 03, 2016

Short: conviction vs. persuasion

Friday, June 3, 2016
    Feast of Edward King, Bishop of Lincoln, Teacher, 1910
    Commemoration of Martyrs of Uganda, 1886 & 1978
    [Jesus:] “If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.”
    —John 10:37-38 (ESV)
    Jesus calls us not only to repentance, to the “letting go” of the false gods we come to him with; but he goes one more difficult step further: he also calls us to believe in him alone as the decisive, absolutely unique, once-and-for-all, full revelation of God to man. This is extremely difficult for us, because Jesus was careful to give men no external guarantee that he was, in fact, God in the flesh. Otherwise, he realized, we would not be worshipping him, but would only be worshipping or trusting in the guarantee, whatever it might be.
    ... Robert L. Short (1932-2009), The Parables of Peanuts [1968], New York: HarperCollins, 2002, p. 166 (see the book)
    See also John 10:37-38; 14:9-11,20; 17:21-23; Acts 2:36-38; Phil. 2:5-7
Quiet time reflection:
    Though I have not seen You, Lord, I believe.
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