Friday, July 01, 2016

van Ruysbroeck: the universality of His love

Friday, July 1, 2016
    Commemoration of John & Henry Venn, Priests, Evangelical Divines, 1813, 1873
    For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.
    —1 Timothy 2:5-6 (ESV)
    Christ was common to all in love, in teaching, in tender consolation, in generous gifts, in merciful forgiveness. His soul and His body, His life and His death and His ministry were, and are, common to all. His sacraments and His gifts are common to all. Christ never took any food or drink, nor anything that His body needed, without intending by it the common good of all those who shall be saved, even unto the last day.
    ... Jan van Ruysbroeck (1293-1381), Adornment of the Spiritual Marriage, II.xlv (see the book)
    See also 1 Tim. 2:5-7; Luke 20:38; 2 Cor. 4:13-15; 5:14-15
Quiet time reflection:
    Never cease, Lord, to grant us the living food.
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