Thursday, September 06, 2018

Owen: faith's nature

Thursday, September 6, 2018
    Commemoration of Allen Gardiner, founder of the South American Missionary Society, 1851
    Commemoration of Albert Schweitzer, Teacher, Physician, Missionary, 1965
    If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love.
    —John 15:10 (NIV)
    We allow no faith to be justifying, ... which is not itself, and in its own nature, a spiritually vital principle of obedience and good works.
    ... John Owen (1616-1683), The Doctrine of Justification by Faith, in Works of John Owen, v. V, London: Johnson & Hunter, 1851, p. 73 (see the book)
    See also John 15:10; 14:15,21; 15:9-12; Phil. 1:9-11; 2 Tim. 3:16
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, help me root out ineffective faith and seek only the faith that is united with obedience.
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