Tuesday, February 14, 2006

CQOD: 02/13/06 -- Troeltsch: The Kingdom within us

Christian Quotation of the Day

February 13, 2006
    Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, "The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed, nor will they say, 'Look, here it is!' or 'There!' for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you."
    -- Luke 17:20-21 (ESV)

    Faith is the source of energy in the struggle of life, but life still remains a battle which is continually renewed upon ever-new fronts. For every threatening abyss that is closed, another yawning gulf appears. The truth is—and this is the conclusion of the whole matter—the Kingdom of God is within us. But we must let our light shine before men in confident and untiring labor that they may see our good works and praise our Father in Heaven. The final ends of all humanity are hidden within His hands.
    ... Ernst Troeltsch (1865-1923), The Social Teaching of the Christian Churches [1981]

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord Jesus, I follow You as King.

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