“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Heard this new(ish) song by Matt Redman the other week and can’t get it out of my head. I love how he takes the lyrics to the old hymn “At the Cross” and adds new thoughts to it from Galatians 2:20 (see above). Check it out for yourself!
At the cross, at the cross
where I first saw the light
and the burden of my soul rolled away
It was there by faith I received my sight
now no longer I, but Christ in me
Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;
therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
—Matthew 9:37-38 (ESV)
The harvest is great, the labourers are few; the loiterers and hinderers are many, the souls of men are precious, the misery of sinners is great, and the everlasting misery to which they are near is greater, the joys of heaven are inconceivable, the comfort of a faithful minister is not small, the joy of extensive success will be a full reward. To be fellow-workers with God and his Spirit is no little honour; to subserve the blood-shedding of Christ for men’s salvation is not a light thing.
—Richard Baxter, in The Reformed Pastor, p. 202.
Do we really believe this? And would we live differently, prioritize different things, and see different outcomes in our lives if so? Hard questions and much-needed exhortation from Baxter to us today.
There can never be any real disagreement between faith and reason, since it is the same God who both reveals mysteries and infuses faith, and who has endowed the human mind with the light of reason. God cannot deny himself, nor can truth ever be opposed to truth. The appearance of this kind of inane contradiction is chiefly due to the fact that either the dogmas of faith are not understood and explained…or that mere opinions are mistaken for the conclusions of reason.
-The First Vatican Council on Faith and Reason, The Christian Theology Reader, 31.
In your experience, have you encountered (both personally and with others) more misunderstanding of dogma or more opinions taken for reason?
Update: In addition to the commentaries below, Logos also is offering a free book from Zondervan, The Promise-Plan of God by Walter Kaiser, which is a Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments.
The Logos “Free Book of the Month” is a commentary on Amos by Gary V. Smith from the Mentor Commentary series.
Be sure to head to the site and pick it up—it’s a good one from what I hear! And if that’s not quite enough for you, they also have the commentary on Joel & Obadiah on sale for $1.99 (that’s 91% off!).