Monday, March 06, 2006

CQOD: 03/01/06 -- Forsyth: the mediator

Christian Quotation of the Day

March 1, 2006
Ash WednesdayFeast of David, Bishop of Menevia, Patron of Wales, c.601
    [Jesus:] "... If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him." Philip said to him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us." Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'?
    -- John 14:7-9 (ESV)

    Is a mediator between the eternal spirit and the finite an unreality, an intrusion? The mystic soul may impatiently think so, but the moral soul finds such mediation the way to reality; and the mystic experience is not quite trustworthy about reality. The pagan gods had no mediators, because they were not real or good gods; but the living God has a living Revealer. To know the living God is to know Christ; to know Christ is to know the living God. We do not know God by Christ but in Him. We find God when we find Christ; and in Christ alone we know and share his final purpose. Our last knowledge is not the contact of our person with a thing or a thought; it is intercourse of person and person.
    ... P. T. Forsyth (1848-1921), This Life and the Next [1918]

Quiet time reflection:
    Because of You, gracious Lord, I believe.

See Believer's Desktop Companion 2004

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