"...if anyone makes the assistance of grace depend on the humility or obedience of man and does not agree that it is a gift of grace itself that we are obedient and humble, he contradicts the Apostle who says, "What have you that you did not receive?" (1 Cor. 4:7), and, "But by the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Cor. 15:10). (Council of Orange: Canon 6)


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    That I might know Him and the power of His resurrection...

    "Many Christians are either woefully deficient in their knowledge of Scripture or noticeably devoid of any experience of God's power. The Lord never intended this for His people. We have all seen firsthand the joyless intellectual arrogance the absence of spiritual power can produce, as well as the fanatical emotional excess that comes from the lack of theological integrity." - Sam Storms

    Posted by John Samson on August 10, 2009 01:45 AM


    Why is it so difficult to be both knowledgeable and zealous? Why are so few men able to find both? Maybe it is because we often seek one or the other for selfish reasons. We seek factual knowledge instead of seeking to know God intimately. Or we seek emotional highs, but only for our own pleasure apart from God.
    What if we sought to know God personally, intimately?

    Yes, if we seek God merely as a means to our selfish ends, we will likely gravitate toward that which is naturally our bent, whether intellectualism, emotionalism, or whatnot.

    Yet if we seek Him for His sake, He will grant us the richness and fullness which encompass all the virtues He calls us to. Good points, brothers.

    Still very early in that process, here, though. Thankful for His abundant grace.

    "Give what you command, and command what you will" - Augustine

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