Sunday, October 27, 2019

Phillips: the authentic Gospel

Sunday, October 27, 2019
    And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.
    —Ephesians 1:13-14 (NIV)
    I would very earnestly ask you to check your conception of Christ, the image of Him which as a Christian you hold in your mind, with the actual revealed Person who can be seen and studied in action in the pages of the Gospels. It may be of some value to hold in our minds a bundle of assorted ideals to influence and control our conduct. But surely we need to be very careful before we give that “bundle” the name of Jesus Christ the Son of God.
    ... J. B. Phillips (1906-1982), When God was Man, London: Lutterworth Press:, 1954, p. 8 (see the book)
    See also Eph. 1:13-14; John 15:26; 20:29; 2 Cor. 5:7; Heb. 11:1; 1 John 1:1-3
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, reveal Yourself to Your church.
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