Thursday, March 31, 2022

Donne: a righteousness of his own

Thursday, March 31, 2022
    Commemoration of John Donne, Priest, Poet, 1631
    For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
    —Romans 8:29-30 (NIV)
    No man hath any such righteousness of his own, as can save him, for howsoever it be made his, by that application, or imputation, yet the righteousness that saves him, is the very righteousness of Christ himself. St. Hilary’s question then, hath a full answer, ... Were there any that needed not Christ’s coming? No; there were none.
    ... John Donne (1573-1631), Works of John Donne, vol. V, London: John W. Parker, 1839, Sermon CXXXIX, p. 501 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 8:29-30; Lev. 18:5; Matt. 9:13; Rom. 3:22-24; 10:3-4; Rev. 3:17
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I can rely on You alone.
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