In a sense, all knowledge may be viewed as revelational since meaning is not imposed upon things by the human knower alone but, rather, is made possible because mankind and the universe are the work of a rational Deity, who fashioned an intelligible creation. Human knowledge is not a source of knowledge to be contrasted with revelation, but is a means of comprehending revelation.
From: The Drift of Western Thought by Carl F. H. Henry (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1951), p. 104.
I am profitably engaged in reading the Bible. Take all of this book upon reason that you can and the balance upon faith and you will live and die a better man. – Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) in a letter to his long-time friend, Joshua Speed
I have said these things to you to keep you from falling away. They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor Me. But, I have said these things to you that, when their hour comes, you may remember that I told them to you. (John 16.1-4a)
The service of God is nothing below the greatest of men. It is so far from being a diminution and disparagement to princes and those of the first rank to be religious that it is their greatest honor and adds the brightest crown of glory to them. . .It is no abridgement of our liberty to bind ourselves with a bond to God. . .Joshua was a ruler, a judge in Israel, yet he did not make his necessary application to public affairs an excuse for the neglect of family religion. Those who have the charge of many families, as magistrates and ministers, must take special care of their own (1 Timothy 3.4-5). – Matthew Henry (1662-1714), commenting on Joshua 24.15-28.
I cannot think about the One without quickly being encircled by the splendor of the Three, nor can I discern the Three without being immediately carried back to the One. – Gregory of Nazianzus (329-390), from On Holy Baptism, oration 40.41.
The theologian’s task is to strengthen consciences by teaching things true, sure, and profitable. – John Calvin (1509-1564), from Institutes of the Christian Religion, 1.14.4.
He who can say, “I know that my Redeemer lives” [Job 19.25], knows that his Redeemer will fulfill His promises to him. He finds, in His Word, very great and precious promises [2 Peter 1.4], and they are precious to him. He is persuaded of them and loves them. He knows that He will never lose him or forsake him. He knows that Christ will not forsake His people and never will cast off His inheritance. He knows that He will defend him and will not suffer him to be utterly cast down. He knows that He will order that which is best for him, and that He will never take away His lovingkindness from him nor suffer His faithful one to fail. He knows that none can pluck him out of Christ’s hands. He knows that Christ will, at last, make him a conqueror over all his enemies and will subdue them under his feet, and that the time will come when He will wipe all tears from his eyes. There shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying, and he is persuaded that “neither death nor life nor angels nor principalities nor powers nor things present nor things to come nor height nor depth nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord” [Romans 8.38-39]. – Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)
Job expected, in a future time, after his dissolution – after his already failing skin has been destroyed – when in the flesh, for himself, and with his own eyes, he should see God. The expressions are strong and repeated. He does not speak the language of hesitation and doubt – no “maybe” or “hope so” – but of confidence and certainty. It, likewise, appears that he placed his ultimate happiness on seeing God. His words are not very different from those of the apostle: “when He shall appear, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” To behold the glory of God as our Redeemer, to be in a state of favor and communion with Him and, according to the utmost capacity of our nature, to be conformed to Him in holiness and love, is that felicity – that pleasure – which God has promised and to which all His servants aspire. – John Newton (1725-1807)
Immutability is ascribed to Christ, and we remark that He was evermore to His people what He now is, for He was the same yesterday. Distinctions have been drawn by some exceedingly wise men (as measured by their own estimate of themselves) between the people of God who lived before the coming of Christ and those who lived afterwards. We have even heard it asserted that those who lived before the coming of Christ do not belong to the church of God! We never know what we shall hear next, and perhaps it is a mercy that these absurdities are revealed one at a time in order that we may be able to endure their stupidity without dying of amazement. Why, every child of God, in every place, stands on the same footing: the Lord has not some children best-beloved, some second-rate offspring, and others whom He hardly cares about. – Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)
There is, therefore, now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free, in Christ Jesus, from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8.1-4)
For Eva Covington (1937-2017)