Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Westcott: the danger of understanding

Tuesday, July 27, 2021
    Commemoration of Brooke Foss Westcott, Bishop of Durham, Teacher, 1901
    Commemoration of John R. W. Stott, spiritual writer and teacher, 2011
    ... They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.
    —2 Thessalonians 2:10 (NIV)
    The idea of “conviction” is complex. It involves the conceptions of authoritative examination, of unquestionable proof, of decisive judgment, of punitive power. Whatever the final issue may be, he who “convicts” another places the truth of the case in dispute in a clear light before him, so that it must be seen and acknowledged as truth. He who then rejects the conclusion which the exposition involves, rejects it with his eyes open and at his peril. Truth seen as truth carries with it condemnation to all who refuse to welcome it.
    ... Brooke Foss Westcott (1825-1901), The Gospel According to St. John, London: John Murray, 1882, p. 228 (see the book)
    See also 2 Thess. 2:10; Jer. 7:28; John 3:20; 6:44,45; Eph. 5:13; Jas. 2:9
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, lead me to embrace truth.
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Anonymous Tim Warlick said...

Truth, Word, Bread. Name the Christian unity denominations and Christian faith groups who seek together to find unity in understanding every word that proceeded from the mouth of God when He walked the Earth as a man, saying that His Spirit in us would call all the words Jesus spoke on Earth to the memory or each and every one of us in whom He lives; saying that that same Spirit would give each of us the same, one, true understanding of those very words Jesus spoke. Now show me the group of Christian denominations and faith groups who know that those, specific words Jesus spoke are the only Bread that feeds the same, one Spirit of the One, Good Shepherd, that is in every single one of the Father's sheep in the one flock, which is the one Body of Christ now on Earth. Did God not give us ears to hear those words? God, be merciful to us sinners, who claim to be your sheep, while not one of us knows we are each called to be a porter, serving all other sheep, to help gather one flock in calling out as one, for the world to hear, follow, and come in, to the words of the One, Good Shepherd in the one flock.
“34 [For the Son of man is] as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. 35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: 36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. 37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.” (Mr 13:34-37 AV)
“2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. 4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.” (Joh 10:2-4 AV)

July 27, 2021 at 10:37 AM  

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