Saturday, October 06, 2018

Tyndale: on Romans

Saturday, October 6, 2018
    Feast of William Tyndale, Translator of the Scriptures, Martyr, 1536
    ... for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
    —Romans 3:23-26 (NIV)
    Now go to, reader, and according to the order of Paul’s writing [in Romans], even so do thou. First behold thyself diligently in the law of God, and see there thy just damnation. Secondarily, turn thine eyes to Christ, and see there the exceeding mercy of thy most kind and loving Father. Thirdly, remember that Christ made not this atonement that thou shouldest anger God again; neither died he for thy sins, that thou shouldest live still in them; neither cleansed he thee, that thou shouldest return, as a swine, unto thine old puddle again: but that thou shouldest be a new creature and live a new life after the will of God, and not of the flesh. And be diligent, lest through thine own negligence and unthankfulness thou lose this favor and mercy again.
    ... William Tyndale (1492?-1536), “Prologue upon the Epistle to the Romans” [1531], in Doctrinal Treatises and Introductions, Cambridge: The University Press, 1848, p. 510 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 3:23-26; Ps. 119:104; Rom. 2:4; 3:5-8; 6:1-2; Gal. 5:13; Heb. 9:15; 1 Pet. 2:16; 1 John 2:2; 4:10
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, nourish the new creation within me.
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