Sunday, February 17, 2019

Beecher: the Bible as telescope

Sunday, February 17, 2019
    Feast of Janani Luwum, Archbishop of Uganda, Martyr, 1977
    Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God—the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding his Son, who as to his human nature was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.
    —Romans 1:1-4 (NIV)
    The Bible is like a telescope. If a man looks through his telescope, then he sees worlds beyond; but if he looks at his telescope, then he does not see anything but that. The Bible is a thing to be looked through to see that which is beyond.
    ... Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887), The Sermons of Henry Ward Beecher in Plymouth Church, Brooklyn, second series, New York: J. B. Ford, 1873, p. 5 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 1:1-4; John 1:18; 6:46; Rom. 16:25-26; Gal. 1:11-12; Eph. 3:2-6
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your word reveals Your truth.
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