Friday, September 21, 2012

Barclay: the Christian hope

Friday, September 21, 2012
    Feast of Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist
    For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
    —Romans 15:4 (NIV)
    The Christian hope is the hope which has seen everything and endured everything, and still has not despaired, because it believes in God. The Christian hope is not hope in the human spirit, in human goodness, in human endurance, in human achievement; the Christian hope is hope in the power of God.
    ... William Barclay (1907-1978), Letter to the Romans, Westminster Press, 1957, p. 215 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, in You we hope.
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