Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Newbigin: the dilemma

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
    Commemoration of Lesslie Newbigin, Bishop, Missionary, Teacher, 1998
    Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.
    —1 Timothy 1:15-16 (NIV)
    The problem of how an unholy concourse of sinful men and women can be in truth the body of Christ is the same as the problem of how a sinful man can at the same time be accepted as a child of God... Our present situation arises precisely from the fact that this fundamental insight, which the Reformers applied to the position of the Christian man, was not followed through in its application to the nature of the Christian church.
    ... Lesslie Newbigin (1909-1998), The Household of God, London, SCM Press, 1953, New York: Friendship Press, 1954, p. 23 (see the book)
    See also 1 Tim. 1:15-16; Matt. 1:21; 9:13; Mark 2:17; Luke 5:32; 19:10; Rom. 1:16-17; 3:22-24; 5:8; 1 John 3:5
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, teach me to know and love Your people, as You have loved us.
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