Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Simeon: humility

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
    Feast of Etheldreda, Abbess of Ely, c.678
    Once I was alive apart from law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died. I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death.
    —Romans 7:9-10 (NIV)
    We cannot have one spark of real humility till we are abased before God, as guilty, helpless, and undone creatures, who have no hope but in the tender mercy of God in Christ Jesus. We must, as far as respects all hope in ourselves, feel ourselves in the very condition of the fallen angels, whose sin we have followed, and whose punishment we are doomed to share. Indeed, indeed, this is our very state, whether we know it or not: and it becomes us to seek the knowledge of it, and to live under a sense of it every day, and all the day long. We should never appear either before God or man in any other dress than this.
    ... Charles Simeon (1759-1836), Horae Homileticae, v. XX, London: Holdsworth and Ball, 1833, p. 270 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 7:9-10; Isa. 6:5; Eph. 2:12-13; Heb. 11:1; 1 Pet. 1:3-5
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, there is no hope for me apart from You.
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