Sunday, June 16, 2024

Pascal: knowing our sin

Monday, June 17, 2024
    Commemoration of Samuel & Henrietta Barnett, Social Reformers, 1913 & 1936
    Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.”
    Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?”
    Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.”
    —John 9:39-41 (NIV)
    God is none other than the Saviour of our wretchedness. So we can only know God well by knowing our iniquities. Therefore those who have known God without knowing their wretchedness, have not glorified him, but have glorified themselves.
    ... Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), Pensées (Thoughts) [1660], P.F. Collier & Son, 1910, #547. p. 177 (see the book)
    See also John 9:39-41; 6:53-58; Rom. 7:24-25; 1 Cor. 1:18-24; 1 Pet. 2:7-8; Rev. 3:17
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I am certain of my unworthiness.
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