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
Meditation:
    ... They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.
    —2 Thessalonians 2:10 (NIV)
Quotation:
    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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