Thursday, April 20, 2017

Denney: the diagnostic understanding

Thursday, April 20, 2017
    Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.
    But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
    —Romans 3:20-24 (NIV)
    It is the recognition of this divine necessity—not to forgive, but to forgive in a way which shows that God is irreconcilable to evil, and can never treat it as other or less than it is—it is the recognition of this divine necessity, or the failure to recognise it, which ultimately divides interpreters of Christianity into evangelical and non-evangelical, those who are true to the New Testament and those who cannot digest it.
    ... James Denney (1856-1917), The Atonement and the Modern Mind, London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1903, p. 82 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 3:20-24; Matt. 6:12,14-15; Luke 17:3-4; Rom. 10:4; Phil. 3:8-9
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, restore forgiveness in the center of my life.
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