Saturday, July 02, 2016

Phillips: Christ and mysticism

Saturday, July 2, 2016
    There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.
    —Galatians 3:28-29 (ESV)
    It should be noted, at least by those who accept Christ’s claim to be God, that he by no means fits into the picture of the “mystic saint.” Those who are fascinated by the supposed superiority of the mystic soul might profitably compile a list of its characteristics and place them side by side with those of Christ. The results would probably expose a surprising conclusion.
    There is, in fact, no provision for a “privileged class” in genuine Christianity.
    ... J. B. Phillips (1906-1982), Your God is Too Small [1953], Simon and Schuster, 2004, p. 56-57 (see the book)
    See also Gal. 3:28-29; Matt. 20:26-28; 23:8; Acts 10:34-35; Rom. 2:11; Gal. 2:6; Eph. 6:9
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, extinguish all scorn and pride of position from my heart.
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