Friday, December 27, 2019

Law: assurance

Friday, December 27, 2019
    Feast of John, Apostle & Evangelist
    By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had received the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death.
    —Hebrews 11:17-19 (NIV)
    This is true Christian resignation to God, which requires no more to the support of it, than such a plain assurance of the goodness of God, as Abraham had of His veracity. And if you ask yourself what greater reason Abraham had to depend upon the Divine veracity, than you have to depend upon the Divine goodness, you will find that none can be given.
    ... William Law (1686-1761), A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life [1728], London: Methuen, 1899, p. 449 (see the book)
    See also Heb. 11:17-19; Gen. 12:1-3; 15:6; John 8:56; Col. 1:10-12; 1 Pet. 1:6-7
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have given us enough so that we may believe.
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