Thursday, October 12, 2017

Lewis: the Gospels

Thursday, October 12, 2017
    Commemoration of Wilfrid, Abbot of Ripon, Bishop of York, Missionary, 709
    Commemoration of Elizabeth Fry, Prison Reformer, 1845
    But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.
    —1 Corinthians 15:12-14 (NIV)
    No nation, and few individuals, are really brought into [God’s] camp by the historical study of the biography of Jesus, simply as biography. Indeed, materials for a full biography have been withheld from men. The earliest converts were converted by a single historical fact (the Resurrection) and a single theological doctrine (the Redemption) operating on a sense of sin which they already had... The “Gospels” come later and were written not to make Christians but to edify Christians already made.
    ... C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), The Screwtape Letters, Macmillan, 1944, p. 119 (see the book)
    See also 1 Cor. 15:12-14,17; Luke 1:1-4; Acts 17:31; Gal. 2:2; Jas. 2:20
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You are forever risen!
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