To Ponder:

Scripture is like a pair of spectacles, which dispel the darkness and give us a clear view of God. . . Our physical illnesses serve us for medicines to purge us from our vanity and love of the world. . . While all men seek after happiness–scarcely one in a hundred looks for it from God. . . The glory of God shines, indeed, in all creatures in heaven and earth–but never more brightly than in the cross. . . God works in His elect in two ways: inwardly, by His Spirit; outwardly, by His Word. (Quotes from John Calvin)

“Christ died”–that is history; “Christ died for our sins”–that is doctrine. Without these two elements, joined in an absolutely indissoluble union, there is no Christianity. . . The true reason why faith is given such an exclusive place by the New Testament, so far as the attainment of salvation is concerned, over against love and over against everything else in man…is that faith means receiving something, not doing something or even being something. To say, therefore, that our faith saves us means that we do not save ourselves even in slightest measure, but that God saves us. . . “If God be for us, who can be against us?” That does not mean that faith in God will bring us everything that we desire. What it does mean is that if we possess God, then we can meet with equanimity the loss of all besides. . . Has it never dawned upon us that God is valuable for His own sake, that just as personal communion is the highest thing that we know on earth, so personal communication with God is the sublimest height of all? If we value God for His own sake, then the loss of other things will draw us all the closer to Him; we shall then have recourse to Him in time of trouble as to the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. (Quotes of J. Gresham Machen)

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