Friday, September 14, 2007

CQOD: 09/17/07 -- Denney: the double action of love

Christian Quotation of the Day

September 17, 2007
Feast of Hildegard, Abbess of Bingen, Visionary, 1179
    If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
    -- 2 Timothy 2:13 (KJV)

    “He cannot deny Himself” [II Tim. 2:13], means at the same time He cannot deny His grace to the sinful, and He cannot deny the moral order in which alone He can live in fellowship with men; and we see the inviolableness of both asserted in the death of Jesus. Nothing else in the world demonstrates how real is God’s love to the sinful, and how real the sin of the world is to God. And the love which comes to us through such an expression, bearing sin in all its reality, yet loving us through and beyond it, is the only love which at once forgives and regenerates the soul.
    ... James Denney (1856-1917), The Atonement and the Modern Mind [1903]

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have borne the penalty for my sin.

See Believer's Desktop Companion 2007

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