Tuesday, August 30, 2005

CQOD: 08/31/05 -- Rupp: the City of God

Christian Quotation of the Day

August 31, 2005
Feast of Aidan, Bishop of Lindisfarne, Missionary, 651Commemoration of Cuthburga, Founding Abbess of Wimborne, c.725Commemoration of John Bunyan, Spiritual Writer, 1688
    And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel...
    -- Revelation 21:9-12 (KJV)

    Here in Pilgrim’s Progress there is the ultimate human nostalgia for the City of God, which is the restless heart’s true home. And even the cynical, the unbelieving and half-believing reader who goes with Christian to the end of the road must be a little shaken, may tremble to see something like a gate and also some of the glory of the place, and, glimpsing something of the company within the golden gates, may wish himself among them.
    ... Gordon Rupp (1910-1986), "John Bunyan" in Six Makers of English Religion, 1500-1700, p. 101 [1957]

Quiet time reflection:
    I praise You, Lord, for the glorious future You have planned.

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