Archive for August, 2013

Are you a “saint”?

“Those who come to the house of prayer are people afflicted with all sorts of spiritual defects–often wavering in faith, weak in love, dull in awareness. They come to the house of prayer from the world, with the unholy fountain of churning sins in their hearts. They bring with them the memories of all sorts of shortcomings. The more spiritual they are, the more serious is their self-indictment. They are called “saints,” but they ask themselves instinctively how anyone could possibly include them among the “saints.”

And yet the assembly is “a communion of the saints.” Observe how the apostle always addresses the churches to which he writes as those “called to be saints,” in Corinth, in Ephesus, in Colossae, in Thessalonica. If they indeed were not, how then would they be distinguished from the world? Why then would they here constitute the “congregation?” If they were equal with the people of the world and one with them, what kind of self-elevation and contempt of others would it be if they should nevertheless call themselves a holy congregation?

There is an apparent contradiction here–a contradiction between the sign of spiritual worth with which they gather and the lack of such worth in their hearts that they are mourning. They indict themselves and God declares them innocent. For whether the world slanders them and Satan sets himself against God’s elect, the fact remains that they as the congregation of the Lord, as the communion of the saints, must assemble. This contradiction, this opposition can be overcome only through the name of Christ. Outside of Christ there are no saints, there is no congregation, and thus an assembly of the congregation is unthinkable. Furthermore, outside of Christ there is no worship of and no communion with God.”

-Abraham Kuyper, On Worship.

Is it possible for Christians to be so heavenly minded that they are no earthly good?

C.S. Lewis said: “If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next.  It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this (the reality is that many of us are so earthly minded we are of no heavenly or earthly good).  Aim at Heaven and you will get earth ‘thrown in’; aim at earth and you will get neither.”

Where do you find hope?

“My hope lives not because I am not a sinner, but because I am a sinner for whom Christ died; my trust is not that I am holy, but that being unholy, he is my righteousness. My faith rests not upon what I am, or shall be, or feel, or know, but in what Christ is, in what he has done, and in what he is now doing for me. On the lion of justice the fair maid of hope rides like a queen.”

-C.H. Spurgeon

What are you searching for?

“Resting in the grace of Jesus means you don’t search horizontally for what he has already provided in his life, death and resurrection. What you need (conviction, forgiveness, righteousness, rescue, transformation, strength, deliverance) can only ever be found in Jesus.”

-Paul Tripp