Sunday, June 23, 2019

Kurosaki: following the Bible

Sunday, June 23, 2019
    Feast of Etheldreda, Abbess of Ely, c.678
    I know that the LORD is great, that our Lord is greater than all gods.
    —Psalm 135:5 (NIV)
    One might think that with the Bible as the center of Christianity, the unity of Christians could be easily realized. Unfortunately this has not proved true, though we can consider it fortunate that, as this inability to unify proves, the letter of the Bible cannot really replace the living Christ as the center of our faith.
    The Bible is the expression of the life and work of God, and since “life” is greater than its manifestation, it cannot be expressed completely in any logical or theological form. Therefore, the Bible itself cannot escape being understood in many different ways. Thus we see how in the wisdom of God it is impossible in practice to make the Scriptures the end or final authority in themselves, for they only express God’s authority to those who live in fellowship with the Spirit.
    ... Kokichi Kurosaki (1886-1970), One Body in Christ, Kobe, Japan: Eternal Life Press, 1954, ch. 3 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 135:5; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; John 4:23-24; 14:16-17,26; 15:26; 20:22; Acts 2:4; 4:31; 5:32; 8:17; Rom. 14:5; Tit. 3:9; Jas. 1:17-18
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I know that Your presence is more real even than my own.
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