Tuesday, September 05, 2023

Jewett: faith in the authority of God

Tuesday, September 5, 2023
And the words of the LORD are flawless,
    like silver refined in a furnace of clay,
    purified seven times.
    —Psalm 12:6 (NIV)
    The axioms of reason are non-demonstrable assumptions. Why should faith not be granted the same privilege? “... The denial of [the truths of] faith is, no less a faith than faith itself..., for it rests on an assumption of a personal kind, which is apart from all scientific necessity.”
    As the truth of reason carries its own evidence, so also with faith. To the mind to whom the axioms of reason are not self-evident, they cannot be proven. So also in the case of faith... For the mind that knows no faith [the evidence of faith] is ridiculous. But for the man whose eyes have been [enlightened by the Spirit], faith has its proper evidence, though it is a different kind of evidence from that of reason... The only sufficient ground of faith is the authority of God Himself as he addresses me in His Word.
    ... Paul K. Jewett (1919-1991), Emil Brunner’s Concept of Revelation, London: J. Clarke, 1954, p. 112 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 12:6; Deut. 6:6-7; 29:29; 30:11-14; Ps. 18:30; 85:8; 102:18; 119:105; Matt. 22:43; 1 Cor. 2:12-13; 15:3-5; Heb. 4:12; 2 Pet. 1:16,21
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your word is truth.
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