Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Thomas a Kempis: the requirement of faith

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
    [Jesus] said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that, ‘though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand.’”
    —Luke 8:10 (NIV)
    Faith is required of thee, and a sincere life, not loftiness of intellect, nor deepness in the mysteries of God. If thou understandest not... the things which are beneath thee, how shalt thou comprehend those which are above thee? Submit thyself unto God, and humble thy sense to faith, and the light of knowledge shall be given thee, as shall be profitable and necessary unto thee.
    ... Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471), Of the Imitation of Christ [1418], Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1877, IV.xviii.2, p. 286 (see the book)
    See also Heb. 5:8,9; Mic. 6:8; Luke 8:10; 1 Cor. 2:7-10
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, show me the ways in which I must walk that I may have knowledge of You.
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