Monday, May 22, 2017

Glover: the historicity of Jesus

Monday, May 22, 2017
    But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
    —2 Timothy 1:8b-10 (NIV)
    If the ordinary canons of history, used in every other case, hold good in this case, Jesus is undoubtedly an historical person. If he is not an historical person, the only alternative is that there is no such thing as history at all—it is delirium, nothing else; and a rational being would be better employed in the collection of snuff-boxes. And if history is impossible, so is all other knowledge.
    ... T. R. Glover (1869-1943), The Christian Tradition and its Verification, New York: Macmillan, 1913, p. 198 (see the book)
    See also 2 Tim. 1:8-10,12; Ps. 119:46; Isa. 51:7; Rom. 1:16; 10:9-11; 1 Pet. 4:14
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have acted decisively in history.
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