Sunday, September 12, 2021

Arnold: what righteousness is

Sunday, September 12, 2021
    [Jesus:] “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.”
    —Luke 12:32 (NIV)
    Christ came to reveal what righteousness, to which the promises [of the prophets] belong, really is; and so long as this, though shown by Christ, is not seen by us, we may call ourselves Christendom as much as we please, the true character of a Christendom will be wanting to us, because the great promises of prophecy will be still without their fulfilment. Nothing will do, except righteousness; and no other conception of righteousness will do, except Christ’s conception of it: his method and his secret.
    ... Matthew Arnold (1822-1888), Literature and Dogma, New York: The Macmillian Company, 1875, p. 303 (see the book)
    See also Luke 12:32; Jer. 31:31-34; John 12:25; Col. 3:4; Gal. 2:20; Phil. 3:7-9; Rev. 11:15
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You are leading Your people into righteousness.
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