It is not that Jesus is saying in some metaphorical sense that his words will bring fullness of life and lead people to walk in the power of the Spirit, if they obey them, true though that may be. Instead he means what he (literally) says: because his words are words which God identifies as entirely his own, they are literally ‘full of the Spirit’, who is himself God, and full of eternal life. For how could words that have their origin in God and that God names as his own be anything else?
— Timothy Ward - Words of Life (John 6:63)
I could run away
or hide beneath the sea,
You’d still hear my prayers.
I could climb the peaks
or dive beyond the deep,
You are always there.
— King’s Kaleidoscope - 139
It is often observed that God’s words and actions are intimately related in the Bible. To say of God that he spoke, and to say of God that he did something, is often one and the same thing… It would have been quite possible for God to have introduced painful child-bearing into the woman’s life, and to have made the snake crawl on its belly, and made the man’s labour on the land difficult, all without speaking, by wordless acts of judgment. However, the God presented to us in the Bible is quite unlike that: he is a God who, by his very nature, acts by speaking.
— Timothy Ward - Words of Life
There are so many needs in the world, and our hearts cannot carry them all. You must walk to the priorities God has set before you.
There is only one place that is big enough to carry the aggregate of human suffering, and that is in the heart of God. Are you carrying the burden to which God has called you?
— Ravi Zacharias
Pascal’s not appealing for an irrational view of conversion. But one simply where reason, though involved, is not sufficient.
— Robert B. Price
One of the great paradoxes of Christian faith is that our weaknesses edify and encourage one another to greater holiness. Isn’t that strange? That strengths, perceived, and in particular, projected strengths could actually, at times, hinder growth in the things of God. Whereas honest weaknesses have a way of stirring us up towards greater holiness, creating safe places for us to experience the grace of God.
— Matt Chandler (via jspark3000)
Reblogged from Romans 8:23
What matters supremely, therefore, is not, in the last analysis, the fact that I know God, but the larger fact which underlies it - the fact that he knows me. I am graven on the palms of his hands. I am never out of his mind. All my knowledge of him depends on his sustained initiative in knowing me. I know him because he first knew me, and continues to know me. He knows me as a friend, one who loves me; and there is no moment when his eye is off me, or his attention is distracted from me, and no moment, therefore, when his care falters.
This is momentous knowledge. There is unspeakable comfort - the sort of comfort that energizes, be it said, not enervates - in knowing that God is constantly taking knowledge of me in love and watching over me for my good. There is tremendous relief in knowing that his love to me is utterly realistic, based at every point on prior knowledge of the worst about me, so that no discovery now can disillusion him about me, in the way I am so often disillusioned about myself, and quench his determination to bless me.
There is, certainly, great cause for humility in the thought that he sees all the twisted things about me that my fellow humans do not see, and that he sees more corruption in me than that which I see in myself. There is, however, equally great incentive to worship and love God in the thought that, for some unfathomable reason, he wants me as his friend, and desire to be my friend, and has given his Son to die for me in order to realize this purpose. We cannot work these thoughts out here, but merely to mention them is enough to show how much it means to know not merely that we know God, but that he knows us.
— J.I. Packer
Knowing God is more than knowing about him… If the decisive factor was notional correctness, then obviously the most learned biblical scholars would know God better than anyone else. But it is not; you can have all the right notions in your head without ever tasting in your heart the realities to which they refer; and a simple bible reader and sermon hearer who is full of the Holy Spirit will develop a far deeper acquaintance with his God and Savior than a more learned scholar who is content with being theologically correct.
— J.I. Packer
What were we made for?
To know God.
What aim should we set ourselves in life?
To know God.
What is the ‘eternal life’ that Jesus gives?
Knowledge of God.(Jn 17:3)
What is the best thing in life, bringing more joy, delight and contentment than anything else?
Knowledge of God. (Jer 9:23-24)
What, of all the states God ever sees man in, gives God most pleasure?
Knowledge of Himself. (Hos 6:6)
— J.I. Packer