Sunday, July 19, 2020

Ellul: Christian ethics

Sunday, July 19, 2020
    Feast of Gregory, Bishop of Nyssa, & his sister Macrina, Teachers, c.394 & c.379
    For if those who live by law are heirs, faith has no value and the promise is worthless, because law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression. Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all.
    —Romans 4:14-16 (NIV)
    The Christian ethic is inseparable from the preaching of the Word, for the very behaviour of the Christian destroys the work of Satan, and helps to build up the Body of Christ in the world.
    ... Jacques Ellul (1912-1994), The Presence of the Kingdom, tr. Olive Wyon, Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1951, p. 23 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 4:14-16; Matt. 8:16-17; Acts 8:12; 1 Cor. 1:23
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You lead Your people into battle through Your word.
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