Saturday, February 24, 2018

Kates: the terminus of faith

Saturday, February 24, 2018
    He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house.
    —Acts 16:30-32 (NIV)
    Faith is not so much belief about God as it is total, personal trust in God, rising to a personal fellowship with God that is stronger than anxiety and guilt, loneliness and all manner of disaster. The Christian’s faith in Christ is trust in a Living Person, once crucified, dead, and buried, and now living forevermore. Call it, if you will, an assumption that ends as an assurance, or an experiment that ends as an experience, Christian faith is in fact a commitment that ends as a communion.
    ... Frederick Ward Kates (1910-1987), A Moment Between Two Eternities, New York: Harper & Row, 1965, p. 96 (see the book)
    See also Acts 16:30-32; John 6:29; 12:44; 14:1; Acts 2:38-39; Rom. 10:13-14; 1 Pet. 1:8-9; 1 John 5:10-13
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant Your presence to Your people.
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