Monday, June 18, 2018

Quotes of Note

Each Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking,  or all of the above.


Do you know the poetry of George Herbert?  If you don't, why not try it out? Theology is not always expressed in big, dry books. It is also expressed in artistic forms like poetry. In his poem, "The Sacrifice," Herbert utilizes four line stanzas, ending each one with the exception of two, with with the refrain "Was ever grief like mine?" The other two end with "Never was grief like mine." In these stanzas below, you can see how Hebert connects the tree in the Garden of Eden to the tree upon which Jesus hung.

O all ye who pass by, behold and see;
Man stole the fruit but I must climb the tree,
Th tree of life too all, but only me:
Was ever grief like mine?

Lo, here I hang, charged with a world of sin,
The greater world o'th' two; for that came in
By words, but this by sorrow I must win:
Was ever grief like mine?

Such sorrow, as if sinful man could feel,
Or feel his part, he would not cease to kneel,
Till all were melted, though he were all steel:
Was ever grief like mine?

But, O my God, my God! why leav'st thou me,
The Son, in whom thou dost delight to be?
My God, my God --
Never was grief like mine.


I am on the launch team for Aimee Byrd's new book, Why Can't We Be Friends?, which will be released at the end of this month. As Christians, we know that we should flee from sexual immorality, but is that the sum total of all that purity entails? Or is that bar even too low and actually diminishes what we are called to as children of God? In the following quote, Aimee states rightly from Scripture that purity involves our whole selves in who we are, what we think, and what we do. Is this something we achieve and maintain in ourselves? No.
The dynamic nature of God’s generosity applies to our purity. Our purity is from God. Think of all that this purity entails. It involves our hearts and our thoughts, proper active love, integrity and holiness, and cleanliness, without being mixed with sin in body, mind, and soul. Can anyone uphold this in herself? Himself? No! But God graciously gave us his Son, imputing Jesus Christ’s full righteousness to every believer. From him we are given everything that purity entails. Everything! And through him we remain pure.
Jesus didn’t just pay for our impurity and give us his purity; he has given us the Holy Spirit! Paul makes this argument when discussing purity: “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body” (1 Cor. 6:19–20). God has given the Holy Spirit to dwell within us—to tabernacle with us. Now that is holiness and purity! While affirming God’s ownership of us, Paul tells us that God has given us himself. Talk about divine generosity! He then concludes that we are to glorify God in our bodies. Our purity is from God and through God, and we respond by offering it back to God. Purity isn’t merely abstaining from sexual activity; it isn’t even having sex within marriage. It is offering our whole selves back to the Giver.


Melissa Kruger's latest book, In All Things, traces Paul's conversion narrative in Acts and the  subsequent epistle he penned to the young, Philippian church. Through her devotional presentation of relevant Scriptures, Kruger recounts how Paul's words and life helped convey the secret to unshakeable joy and peace -- even during some of the toughest times of trial and suffering.

Early in the first chapter of In All Things, she shared a wonderful quote from the good doctor, D. Martyn Lloyd Jones:
If ever the world needed the witness and testimony of Christian people it is at this present time. The world is unhappy, it is distracted and frightened, and what it needs is to see stars shining out of the heavens in the midst of the darkness, attracting the world by rebuking that darkness, and by giving it light, showing how it too can live that quality of life. 


Carl Trueman on the difference the doctrine of the Trinity makes in the everyday life of a believer:
[T]he doctrine is, in fact, one of the most immediately practical for Christians. The Trinity is far from being an abstract doctrine, and is not to be relegated to a virtual appendix in Christian theology. On the contrary, trinitarianism shapes everything, from Christian doctrine to Christian practice. If the Christian is one who is adopted by the Father through being united to Christ by the Holy Spirit, then to be a Christian is to have an identity that is trinitarian at its very core. Thus everything the believer is and everything the believer does has to be understood at some level in trinitatian terms. 
From the chapter The Trinity and Prayer in The Essential Trinity, edited by Brandon D. Crowe and Carl R. Trueman.

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