Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Packer: the one solution still

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
    Feast of Perpetua, Felicity & their Companions, Martyrs at Carthage, 203
    Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?
    —2 Corinthians 13:5 (NIV)
    What, after all, are the world’s deepest problems? They are what they always have been, the individual’s problems—the meaning of life and death, the mastery of self, the quest for value and worth-whileness and freedom within, the transcending of loneliness, the longing for love and a sense of significance, and for peace. Society’s problems are deep, but the individual’s problems go deeper; Solzhenitsyn, Dostoyevsky, or Shakespeare will show us that, if we hesitate to take it from the Bible.
    ... James I. Packer (b. 1926), “Jesus Christ the Lord”, in The Lord Christ [1980], John Stott, ed., vol. 1 of Obeying Christ in a Changing World, John Stott, gen. ed., 3 vol., London: Fountain, 1977, p. 56 (see the book)
    See also 2 Cor. 13:5; Ps. 26:2; 139:23-24; Lam. 3:4; Hag. 1:5; John 15:15,19; 1 Cor. 11:28-31; Gal. 6:4; 1 John 3:19-21
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, in Your grace, make my faults known to me, and enable me to amend my ways.
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