Monday, October 09, 2023

Moule: convicted, but not committed

Monday, October 9, 2023
    Commemoration of Denys, Bishop of Paris, & his Companions, Martyrs, 258
    Commemoration of Robert Grosseteste, Bishop of Lincoln, Philosopher, Scientist, 1253
    The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.
    —1 Corinthians 2:14 (NIV)
    Rational conviction, even when it can be had, is very different from commitment... Commitment to Christ is a matter for the entire person, not for his mind alone; and intellectual conviction (if, indeed, it can be had at all without the whole person being involved) is not the whole business. But the whole business, precisely because it concerns the whole person, can never be achieved in defiance of the intellect. Reason, though not the whole, is part of personal response.
    ... C. F. D. Moule (1908-2007), The Phenomenon of the New Testament, v. I, London: SCM, 1967, p. 5-6 (see the book)
    See also 1 Cor. 2:14; John 3:3-6; Acts 8:13,18-21; 17:18-21,32; Rom. 8:5-8; 11:33-36; 1 Cor. 1:25; Col. 2:2-3
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, lead my reason to acknowledge You.
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