Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Newton: status report

Wednesday, July 6, 2016
    Feast of John Huss, Reformer, Martyr, 1415
    Feast of Thomas More, Scholar & Martyr, &
    John Fisher, Bishop & Martyr, 1535
    But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.
    —1 Corinthians 15:10 (NIV)
    1. I am not what I ought to be. Ah! how imperfect and deficient. 2. Not what I might be, considering my privileges and opportunities. 3. Not what I wish to be. God, who knows my heart, knows I wish to be like him. 4. I am not what I hope to be; ere long to drop this clay tabernacle, to be like him and see him as He is. 5. Not what I once was, a child of sin, and slave of the devil. Though not all these, not what I ought to be, not what I might be, not what I wish or hope to be, and not what I once was, I think I can truly say with the apostle, “By the grace of God I am what I am.”
    ... John Newton (1725-1807), Letters by The Rev. John Newton of Olney and St. Mary Woolnoth, Josiah Bull, ed., London: Religious Tract Society, ca. 1860, p. 400 (see the book)
    See also 1 Cor. 15:10; Luke 7:2-10; 2 Cor. 5:1-4; Eph. 3:7-8; 1 Tim. 1:15-16
Quiet time reflection:
    Say the word, Lord, and I will be healed.
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