Friday, January 25, 2019

von Zinzendorf: the method of proclamation

Friday, January 25, 2019
    Feast of the Conversion of Paul
    Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
    —Philippians 2:5-11 (NIV)
    Our method in proclaiming salvation is this: to point out to every heart the loving Lamb, who died for us and, although He was the Son of God, offered Himself for our sins... by the preaching of His blood, and of His love unto death, even the death of the cross; never, either in the discourse or in the argument, to digress even for a quarter of an hour from the loving Lamb; to name no virtue, except in Him and from Him and on His account; to preach no commandment except faith in Him; no other justification but that He atoned for us; no other sanctification but the privilege to sin no more; no other happiness but to be near Him, to think of Him and do His pleasure; no other self denial but to be deprived of Him and His blessings; no other calamity but to displease Him; no other life but in Him.
    ... Count Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf (1700-1760), in a letter, 1742, recorded in The Early History of the Church of the United Brethren (Unitas Fratrum) Commonly Called Moravians in North America, A. D. 1734-1748, Levin Theodore Reichel, Nazareth, PA: The Moravian Historical Society, 1888, p. 116-117 (see the book)
    See also Phil. 2:5-11; Mark 7:35; Rom. 3:25-26; 1 Cor. 1:22-24; 9:20-23
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant that I may present You to all I encounter.
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