Newbigin: the quintessence of sin
Feast of Monica, Mother of Augustine of Hippo, 387
And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour? Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.
—Mark 14:37-38 (KJV)
If there were a righteousness which a man could have of his own, then we should have to concern ourselves with the question of how it can be imparted to him. But there is not. The idea of a righteousness of one’s own is the quintessence of sin.
... Lesslie Newbigin (1909-1998)
See also Mark 14:37-38; Prov. 14:12; Isa. 5:21; 64:6; Matt. 5:20; 23:29-31; Luke 16:14,15; Rom. 10:3; 2 Cor. 10:17-18
Quiet time reflection:
Lord, may I always lift up Your richeousness.
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