Monday, July 23, 2018

Owen: truth and holiness

Monday, July 23, 2018
    Commemoration of Bridget of Sweden, Abbess of Vadstena, 1373
    Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.
    —2 Corinthians 7:1 (NIV)
    Sometimes truth is lost first in a church, and then holiness and sometimes the decay or hatred of holiness is the cause of the loss of truth; but where either is rejected, the other will not abide.
    ... John Owen (1616-1683), Nature and Causes of Apostasy from the Gospel [1676], in Works of John Owen, v. VII, London: Johnson & Hunter, 1852, p. 199 (see the book)
    See also 2 Cor. 7:1; Matt. 5:48; 1 Cor. 6:18-20; Gal. 1:6-7; Eph. 4:11-13; Phil. 3:18-19; 1 Pet. 1:15-23
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, show me what I must do to live out truth and holiness before my church.
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