Christ, our Light

Quotations for July, 2017

Saturday, July 1, 2017
Commemoration of John & Henry Venn, Priests, Evangelical Divines, 1813, 1873

A knowledge of the Bible without a college course is more valuable than a college course without the Bible.
... William Lyon Phelps (1865-1943), Human Nature in the Bible, New York: Scribner, 1922, p. ix (see the book; see also Jer. 8:8-9; John 9:41; John 5:39-40; Rom. 1:22-23; 1 Cor. 1:19-23; 3:18-20; more at Bible, Education, Knowledge)

Sunday, July 2, 2017

It is possible that for a Jew nothing more was required than the assurance that his sins were ‘remitted,’ ‘blotted out’; he might thereafter feel himself automatically restored to the relation of favour on God’s part and confidence on his own, which was the hereditary prerogative of his people. But it was different with those who could claim no such prerogative, and with those Jews who had become uneasy as to the grounds of such a relation and their validity, in a word, with any who had been led by conscience to take a deeper view of the consequences of sin. So long as these were found mainly in punishment, suffering, judgment, so long ‘remission of sins’ letting off the consequences, might suffice. But when it was recognized that sin had a far more serious consequence in alienation from God, the severing of the fellowship between God and His children, then Justification... ceased to be sufficient. ‘Forgiveness’ took on a deeper meaning; it connoted restoration of the fellowship, the establishment or re-establishment of a relation which could be described on the one side as fatherly, on the other as filial.
... Anderson Scott (1859-1941), Christianity According to St. Paul, Cambridge: The University Press, 1927, CUP Archive, 1959, p. 74-75 (see the book; see also 1 John 1:5-7; Ps. 32:1-2; 85:4; Isa. 43:25; Mic. 7:18-19; Acts 13:38-39; Rom. 4:6-8; 8:1-4; 1 John 4:20; more at Assurance, Conscience, Fellowship, Forgiveness, Judgment, Punishment, Renewal, Sin, Suffer)

Monday, July 3, 2017
Feast of Thomas the Apostle

In the [era] of faith there is room for repentance, since each person can decide freely for Christ; in the era of sight, when the reign of Christ is manifest, only judgment is left for the undecided.
... Otto Betz (1917-2005), What Do We Know About Jesus?, translation of Was wissen wir von Jesus?, 1965, London, S.C.M. Press, 1968, p. 115 (see the book; see also 2 Cor. 5:4-7; Matt. 11:21-23; John 20:29; 1 Cor. 13:12; 2 Cor. 4:18; more at Christ, Faith, Judgment, Repentance, Sight)

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

If the civil magistrates be Christians or members of the church, able to prophesy in the church of Christ, ... they are bound by the command of Christ to suffer opposition to their doctrine, with meekness and gentleness, and to be so far from striving to subdue their opposites with the civil sword, that they are bound with patience and meekness to wait, if God peradventure will please to grant repentance unto their opposites...
The sword may make... a whole nation of hypocrites; but to recover a soul from Satan by repentance, and to bring them from anti-Christian doctrine or worship to the doctrine and worship Christian in the least true internal or external submission, [is only worked by] the all-powerful God, by the sword of the Spirit in the hand of His spiritual officers.
... Roger Williams (1603?-1683), The Bloudy Tenent [1644], London: J. Haddon, 1848, p. 106 (see the book; see also 2 Tim. 2:24-26; Matt. 11:29; 1 Cor. 14:39-40; Gal. 6:1; 1 Pet. 3:15-16; more at Attitudes, Church, Gentleness, Holy Spirit, Meekness, Prophet, Repentance, Strife, Sword, Worship)

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The grand reason why the miraculous gifts were so soon withdrawn was not only that faith and holiness were well nigh lost, but that dry, formal, orthodox men began even then to ridicule whatever gifts they had not themselves, and to decry them all as either madness or imposture.
... John Wesley (1703-1791), entry for Aug 15, 1750, Journal of the Rev. John Wesley, v. II, London: J. Kershaw, 1827, p. 161 (see the book; see also 2 Cor. 3:6; 1 Cor. 14:1,39; Eph. 4:30; 1 Thess. 5:19-20; more at Contempt, Faith, Gifts, Historical, Holiness, Miracle)

Thursday, July 6, 2017
Feast of John Huss, Reformer, Martyr, 1415
Feast of Thomas More, Scholar & Martyr, &
John Fisher, Bishop & Martyr, 1535

Christianity is a source; no one supply of water and refreshment that comes from it can be called the sum of Christianity... It is a mistake, and may lead to much error, to exhibit any series of maxims, even those of the Sermon on the Mount, as the ultimate sum and formula into which Christianity may be run up.
... Matthew Arnold (1822-1888), Literature and Dogma, New York: The Macmillian Company, 1875, p. 188,187 (see the book; see also Rom. 11:33; Ps. 147:4-5; Luke 10:21; John 21:25; Col. 2:2-3; more at Error, Jesus, Religion, Water)

Friday, July 7, 2017

A certain group of scholars, mostly German or influenced by German protestant theology, has rushed to abandon positions before they were attacked, and to demythologize the Gospel message when there was no clear evidence that intelligent minds outside the Church were any more frightened by her mystery than by her morals.
... G. I. Bonner (1926-2013), quoted in The Secularization of Christianity, E. L. Mascall, London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1966, p. 213 (see the book; see also 1 Pet. 1:8-12; John 7:7; 15:18-19; 20:29; 2 Cor. 4:18; 5:7; Heb. 11:1,39-40; more at Apologetics, Church, Gospel, Morality, Theology)

Saturday, July 8, 2017

The philosopher [Immanuel] Kant was right long ago to notice that moral activity implies a religious dimension. The atheist [Friedrich] Nietzsche also saw the point and argued forcefully that the person who gives up belief in God must be consistent and give up Christian morals as well, because the former is the foundation of the latter. He had nothing but contempt for fellow humanists who refused to see that Christian morality cannot survive the loss of its theological moorings, except as habit or as lifeless tradition. As Ayn Rand also sees so clearly, love of the neighbor cannot be rationally justified within the framework of secular humanism. Love for one’s neighbor is an ethical implication of the Christian position. This suggests to me that the world’s deepest problem is not economic or technological, but spiritual and moral. What is missing is the vision of reality that can sustain the neighbor-oriented life style that is so urgently needed in our world today.
... Clark H. Pinnock (1937-2010), Reason Enough, Exeter: Paternoster, 1980, p. 31-32 (see the book; see also John 15:12; Matt. 22:37-40; 23:23; Mark 12:30-31; John 13:34; Rom. 12:10; 1 Thess. 4:9; 1 Pet. 1:22; 4:8; 1 John 2:7-10; more at Apologetics, Belief, Love, Morality, Neighbor, Philosophy, Theology, World)

Sunday, July 9, 2017

The critical scholar is not committed, within the area of his research, to accepting the Church’s presuppositions about Jesus, but he should not be committed to accepting naturalistic presuppositions either. If he does accept the latter, then the results of his research will in all probability contradict the beliefs of the Church, but this is because he has begged the question from the start. In examining, for instance, the evidence for the virginal conception [of Jesus], if he begins with the presupposition that such an event is impossible he will end with the same conclusion; if he begins with the presupposition that it is possible he may end with the conclusion that the evidence for it is good or that it is bad or that it is inconclusive. This is as far as scholarship can take him. The Christian will accept the virginal conception as part of the Church’s faith. [Continued tomorrow]
... E. L. Mascall (1905-1993), The Secularization of Christianity, London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1966, p. 276 (see the book; see also Rom. 1:25; Ps. 89:2;Hos. 14:9; Matt. 11:25; more at Apologetics, Belief, Bible, Jesus, Question)

Monday, July 10, 2017

[Continued from yesterday]
In the rare cases where faith appears to be contradicted by scholarship whose conclusions have not been prescribed from the start, [the critical scholar] may be cast down but will not be destroyed. For he will know how temporary and mutable the conclusions of scholarship essentially are, and he will also be conscious that he himself may not have perfectly comprehended the Church’s faith.
... E. L. Mascall (1905-1993), The Secularization of Christianity, London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1966, p. 276 (see the book; see also Prov. 3:5; Ps. 62:8; 146:3-5; Pr. 22:19; Isa. 40:31; 55:9; Rom. 11:33-36; more at Apologetics, Church, Criticism, Faith, Impermanence, Knowledge)

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Feast of Benedict of Nursia, Father of Western Monasticism, c.550

Naturally, the first emotion of man towards the being he calls God, but of whom he knows so little, is fear.
Where it is possible that fear should exist, it is well that it should exist, cause continual uneasiness, and be cast out by nothing less than love... Until love, which is the truth towards God, is able to cast out fear, it is well that fear should hold; it is a bond, however poor, between that which is and that which creates—a bond that must be broken, but a bond that can be broken only by the tightening of an infinitely closer bond. Verily God must be terrible to those that are far from Him: for they fear He will do, yea, He is doing with them what they do not, cannot desire, and can ill endure... While they are such as they are, there is much in Him that cannot but affright them: they ought, they do well, to fear Him... To remove that fear from their hearts, save by letting them know His love with its purifying fire, a love which for ages, it may be, they cannot know, would be to give them up utterly to the power of evil. Persuade men that fear is a vile thing, that it is an insult to God, that He will have none of it—while they are yet in love with their own will, and slaves to every movement of passionate impulse, and what will the consequence be? That they will insult God as a discarded idol, a superstition, a falsehood, as a thing under whose evil influence they have too long groaned, a thing to be cast out and spit upon. After that, how much will they learn of Him?
... George MacDonald (1824-1905), “The Fear of God”, in Unspoken Sermons, Second Series, London: Longmans, Green, 1886, p. 158-160 (see the book; see also 1 John 4:18; Pr. 1:7; Luke 1:68-75; Rom. 8:15; 2 Tim. 1:7; 1 John 4:12; more at Apologetics, Evil, Fear, God, Knowledge, Love, Man, Power, Truth)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

I desire to exercise my faith in the most difficult point; for to credit ordinary and visible objects, is not faith, but persuasion. Some believe the better for seeing Christ’s Sepulchre, and when they have seen the Red Sea, doubt not of the miracle. Now contrarily I bless myself, and am thankful that I lived not in the days of miracles, that I never saw Christ nor His Disciples; I would not have been one of those Israelites that passed the Red Sea, nor one of Christ’s patients on whom He wrought His wonders; then had my faith been thrust upon me; nor should I enjoy that greater blessing pronounced to all that believe and saw not.
... Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682), Religio Medici [1643], W. Murison, ed., Cambridge University Press, 1922, p. 11 (see the book; see also John 20:24-29; Luke 1:45; John 4:48; 1 Cor. 13:12; 2 Cor. 5;7; Heb. 11:1,39; 1 Pet. 1:8; more at Apologetics, Belief, Blessing, Doubt, Faith, Miracle)

Thursday, July 13, 2017

We need to forget the imaginary Christ who has been ours too long and to rediscover the real Christ, the Christ of the prophets and the martyrs and the confessors, the Christ who is not only the lover of souls but also master, a monarch with demands to make in industry, in finance, in education, in the arts, in marriage, in the home; the Christ who is teacher of a social ideology which has eternal validity; the Christ who cries aloud with convincing force, “He who would save his life will lose it; only he who is willing to lose his life, can find it.”
... Bernard Iddings Bell (1886-1958), Still Shine the Stars, New York, London: Harper & Brothers, 1941, p. 52-53 (see the book; see also Matt. 16:25; Mark 8:35; Luke 17:33; John 12:25; Rev. 12:11; more at Apologetics, Art, Christ, Education, Industry, King, Life, Marriage, Martyr, Master, Prophet, Social, Teach)

Friday, July 14, 2017
Feast of John Keble, Priest, Poet, Tractarian, 1866

Once make up your mind never to stand waiting and hesitating when your conscience tells you what you ought to do, and you have got the key to every blessing that a sinner can reasonably hope for.
... John Keble (1792-1866), Sermons for the Christian Year, v. XI, Oxford: James Parker, 1880, p. 492 (see the book; see also 1 John 3:18-22; Matt. 25:37-40; Rom. 12:9; 1 Cor. 13:4-7; Gal. 5:13; 6:9; Eph. 4:1-3,15; Jas. 2:15-16; more at Blessing, Conscience, Hope, Obedience, Sinner)

Saturday, July 15, 2017
Commemoration of Swithun, Bishop of Winchester, c.862
Commemoration of Bonaventure, Franciscan Friar, Bishop, Peacemaker, 1274

There is no such thing as a post-Christian society. One generation may reject the Gospel itself, but it cannot reject it for future generations.
... Luis Palau (b. 1934), in a private communication from the Luis Palau Association (see also Mark 12:10-11; Ps. 22:30-31; Matt. 3:9; Rom. 1:17; Gal. 3:26-29; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Pet. 2:9; more at Child, Future, Gospel, Renunciation, Social)

Sunday, July 16, 2017
Commemoration of Osmund, Bishop of Salisbury, 1099

It is quite possible to perform very ordinary actions with so high an intention, as to serve God therein better than in far more important things done with a less pure intention.
... Jean Nicolas Grou (1731-1803), The Hidden Life of the Soul, London: Rivingtons, 1870, p. 3 (see the book; see also 1 Tim. 4:12; Rom. 12:18; Phil. 4:8; 2 Tim. 2:22; 2 Pet. 1:5-8; more at Action, Attitudes, God, Intention, Purity, Service)

Monday, July 17, 2017

It is ironic that, although fundamentalists are implacably opposed to liberalism, their extreme reaction shows the same weakness. They, too, stress the leap of faith and make irrationality almost a principle, dismissing the serious questions of seeking modern men as intellectual smoke-screens or diversions to conceal deeper personal problems. All this masks a desperate intellectual insecurity, barely disguised by the surrounding hedge of taboos to preserve purity. The strident intolerance of much guilt-driven evangelism betrays the same insecurity. In these circles, much that is taught has to be unlearned in the wider school of life, and it is not surprising that universities are littered with dropouts from such groups. Their non-rational, subjective faith is cruelly punctured by varsity-level questions, and many manage to survive only by resorting to a severely schizophrenic faith which they hold to be true religiously but not intellectually, historically, or scientifically.
... Os Guinness (b. 1941), The Dust of Death, Leicester: Inter-Varsity Press, 1973, p. 322 (see the book; see also Heb. 11:1-3; Isa. 1:18; Matt. 7:16-18; John 15:26; 1 Cor. 10:15; 1 Pet. 3:15-16; more at Education, Evangelization, Faith, Question, School, Truth)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

[Jesus] is our mouth, through which we speak to the Father; He is our eye, through which we see the Father; He is our right hand through which we offer ourselves to the Father. Unless He intercedes, there is no intercourse with God.
... St. Ambrose of Milan (Aurelius Ambrosius) (339-397), from Lib. de Issac et Anima, quoted in The Institutes of the Christian Religion, v. I [1559], John Calvin & tr. John Allen, Presbyterian Board of Publication and Sabbath-School Work, 1921, III.xx.21, p. 879 (see the book; see also Heb. 7:25; John 10:30; 17:20-24; Rom. 8:26-27; Heb. 2:17,18; 4:15; 9:24; more at Father, Intercession, Jesus, Offering, Sight)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Feast of Gregory, Bishop of Nyssa, & his sister Macrina, Teachers, c.394 & c.379

When a man really gives up trying to make something out of himself—a saint, or a converted sinner, or a churchman, a righteous or unrighteous man, ... when in the fullness of tasks, questions, success or ill-hap, experiences and perplexities, a man throws himself into the arms of God... then he wakes with Christ in Gethsemane. That is faith, and it is thus that he becomes a man and Christian.
... Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), The Cost of Discipleship, Simon and Schuster, 1959, p. 24-25 (see the book; see also Matt. 26:46; Deut. 33:27; Ps. 18:2; 27:1; 56:4,11; 118:6; Heb. 13:6; Jude 1:24; more at Christ, Conversion, Faith, Righteousness, Saint, Sinner, Task)

Thursday, July 20, 2017
Commemoration of Bartolomè de las Casas, Apostle to the Indies, 1566

If Christ and His work and His sacrifice do not result in Christlikeness in you and me, then for us it is quite valueless, and has entirely failed; and, insofar as you and I are concerned, Christ was thrown away in vain. How, then, is it with you and me? Be very sure that upon Calvary it was no strange, immoral favouritism that came into operation, whereby because of some beliefs that remain mere dead letters, that produce no change whatever in their characters, some people living the same kind of life as others and following the same selfish ends and interests as they, are given a destiny entirely different. That is the vainest of vain dreams. Rather is this the supreme revelation of a new way of living life; and only those who, blunderingly, it may be, yet honestly, seek to adopt and imitate it can be counted really Christian folk.
... A. J. Gossip (1873-1954), The Galilean Accent, Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1926, p. 171 (see the book; see also Eph. 4:20-24; John 12:24; 1 Cor. 5:6-8; 2 Cor. 3:6; 5:17; more at Calvary, Christ, Christlikeness, Dream, Jesus, Life, People, Revelation, Sacrifice, Vanity, Way)

Friday, July 21, 2017

So let thyself be found also in this hour; thou who art the father of all, let thyself be found with a good gift to everyone who needs it, that the happy may find courage to accept thy good gifts, that the sorrowful may find courage to accept thy perfect gifts. For to men there is a difference of joy and of sorrow, but for thee, O Lord, there is no difference in these things; everything that comes from thee is a good and perfect gift.
... Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), Journals, ed. Alexander Dru, Oxford University Press, 1959, p. 173 (see the book; see also Jas. 1:17; Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:8-9; more at Courage, Father, Gifts, Joy, Perfection, Prayers, Sorrow)

Saturday, July 22, 2017
Feast of Mary Magdalen, Apostle to the Apostles

When our lives are focused on God, awe and wonder lead us to worship Him, filling our inner being with a fullness we would never have thought possible...
Awe prepares the way in us for the power of God... to transform us and this transformation of our inner attitudes can only take place when awe leads us in turn to wonder, admiration, reverence, surrender, and obedience toward God.
... James Houston (b. 1922), The Transforming Power of Prayer, Colorado Springs, Colo.: NavPress, 1996, p. 221-222 (see the book; see also Hab. 3:2; Isa. 45:23; Ps. 119:120; Eccl. 5:7; Acts 2:43; Eph. 1:18-19; 3:14-19; Heb. 12:28-29; more at Attitudes, Fullness, God, Life, Obedience, Reverence, Wonder, Worship)

Sunday, July 23, 2017
Commemoration of Bridget of Sweden, Abbess of Vadstena, 1373

The Church is an organism that grows best in an alien society.
... C. Stacey Woods (d. 1983) (see also Ps. 39:12; Acts 1:8; 8:1,5-8,40; 11:20-21; 15:7-8; more at Church, Growth, Social)

Monday, July 24, 2017
Commemoration of Thomas à Kempis, priest, spiritual writer, 1471

It is no great matter to associate with the good and gentle; for this is a naturally pleasing to all, and everyone willingly enjoyeth peace, and loveth those best that agree with him. But to be able to live peaceably with hard and perverse persons, or with the disorderly, or with such as go contrary to us, is a great grace, and a most commendable thing.
... Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471), Of the Imitation of Christ [1418], Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1877, II.iii.2, p. 88 (see the book; see also Matt. 5:43-48; Luke 6:32-35; Rom. 12:18; 1 Pet. 2:20-23; more at Gentleness, Goodness, Grace, Love, Peace)

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Feast of James the Apostle

When Jesus calls his disciples “brothers” and “friends,” he is contradicting general Jewish usage and breaking through into a new concept of brotherhood which is not tribal, but open to any person.
... David Kirk (1935-2007), Quotations from Chairman Jesus, Springfield, Ill.: Templegate Publishers, 1969, p. 106-107 (see the book; see also Mark 3:31-35; Matt. 12:46-50; Luke 8:19-21; John 15:13-15; 2 Cor. 5:16; more at Brotherhood, Disciple, Friend, Jesus, People)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The higher the mountains, the more understandable is the glory of Him who made them and who holds them in His hand.
... Francis A. Schaeffer (1912-1984), letterLetters of Francis A. Schaeffer: Spiritual Reality in the Personal Christian, Good News Publishers, 1986, p. 37 (see the book; see also Ps. 97:6; 19:1; 36:5-6; 89:5; Jude 1:24-25; Rev. 4:9-11; more at Creation, Glory, Mountain, Providence)

Thursday, July 27, 2017
Commemoration of Brooke Foss Westcott, Bishop of Durham, Teacher, 1901
Commemoration of John R. W. Stott, spiritual writer and teacher, 2011

Instead of always being one of the chief bastions of the social status quo, the Church is to develop a Christian counter-culture with its own distinctive goals, values, standards, and lifestyle, a realistic alternative to the contemporary technocracy which is marked by bondage, materialism, self-centredness, and greed. Christ’s call to obedience is a call to be different, not conformist.
Such a Church—joyful, obedient, loving, and free—will do more than please God: it will attract the world. It is when the Church evidently is the Church, and is living a supernatural life of love by the power of the Holy Spirit, that the world will believe.
... John R. W. Stott (1921-2011), “Obeying Christ in a Changing World”, in The Lord Christ [1980], John Stott, ed., vol. 1 of Obeying Christ in a Changing World, John Stott, gen. ed., 3 vol., London: Fountain, 1977, p. 29 (see the book; see also 1 Thes. 2:11-12; John 4:31-34; Eph. 2:19-22; 2 Tim. 1:7; more at Belief, Call, Church, Holy Spirit, Life, Love, Obedience, Power, Social, World)

Friday, July 28, 2017
Commemoration of Johann Sebastian Bach, musician, 1750

Experience makes us see an enormous difference between piety and goodness.
... Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), Pensées (Thoughts) [1660], P.F. Collier & Son, 1910, #496, p. 165 (see the book; see also Luke 11:37-41; Matt. 6:1-6; 7:21; 9:10-13; 12:33-35; Luke 16:15; John 12:5-6; Jas. 4:8; more at Attitudes, Experience, Goodness)

Saturday, July 29, 2017
Feast of Mary, Martha & Lazarus, Companions of Our Lord

The greatest proof of Christianity for others is not how far a man can logically analyze his reasons for believing, but how far in practice he will stake his life on his belief.
... T. S. Eliot (1888-1965) (see the book; see also John 12:26; Matt. 10:39; 16:25; Mark 8:35; Luke 9:23-24; 17:33; John 12:24; 15:13; Rom. 5:7-8; 8:35-37; Heb. 11:35; more at Apologetics, Belief, Life, Man, Obedience, Proof, Reason)

Sunday, July 30, 2017
Commemoration of William Wilberforce, Social Reformer, 1833

A just pride, a proper and becoming pride, are terms which we daily hear from Christian lips. To possess a high spirit, to behave with proper spirit when used ill,—by which is meant a quick feeling of injuries, and a promptness in resenting them,—entitles to commendation; and a meek-spirited disposition, the highest Scripture eulogium, expresses ideas of disapprobation and contempt. Vanity and vainglory are suffered without interruption to retain their natural possession of the heart.
... William Wilberforce (1759-1833), A Practical View, Boston: Crocker & Brewster, 1829, p. 175 (see the book; see also Prov. 16:5; Matt. 5:5; 23:12; Luke 1:52; 14:11; Jas. 4:6; 1 Pet. 5:5; more at Attitudes, Contempt, Heart, Pride, Scripture, Vanity)

Monday, July 31, 2017
Commemoration of Ignatius of Loyola, Founder of the Society of Jesus, 1556

It is sometimes said that even if no rules were laid down for the conduct of its affairs, the Church, being created by Jesus to “further the work of the Kingdom of God,” can be judged by the extent to which it is successful in continuing his work. This supposition rests upon a misunderstanding of what is meant by “the Kingdom of God” ... The Kingdom itself is not something to be “furthered” or “built” by men’s efforts. It is something which we are invited to recognize as already present, after a manner, in the life and work of Jesus. It is something to be inherited or entered into by those who believe. The Church’s task, in other words, is not to set the stage for a better world than this one but to draw the curtain from it, to reveal something that is already there.
... Nick Earle (1926-2014), What’s Wrong with the Church?, Baltimore: Penguin Books, 1961, p. 14 (see the book; see also Rom. 14:17-18; Matt. 6:33; 18:3; Luke 17:20-21; John 3:3-5; 18:36; 1 Cor. 4:20; 1 Thess. 2:11-12; more at Belief, Church, God, Jesus, Kingdom, Revelation, Work)


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