Learning a New Language
"Upon taking their oath of citizenship, immigrants begin to learn the language and customs of their new country. Yet when God claims us as the beneficiaries of his covenant mercies in Christ, we are relocated from the fading empire of sin and death to the kingdom of grace."
"...nobody has to be taught the world's story; we are born with it, as fallen children of Adam. However, we have to be taught out of it by persistent pastors and teachers who know that we prefer by nature to think differently of God and ourselves than the Scriptures require..."
It is the constant renewing of our mind by God's Word that reorients us away from this fading age with its aimless plot, its "empty words" (Eph 5:6) and "philosophy and empty deceit" (Col 2:8), toward the everlasting inheritance in Christ.
- Michael Horton