Friday, August 22, 2014

Gathering in Christ

Job 36:22
Behold, God is exalted by His power; who teaches like Him?

There is always a tendency to produce an absolute authority; we accept the authority of the church, or the Bible, or of a creed, and often refuse to do any more thinking on the matter, and in doing so, we ignore the essential nature of Christianity which is based on a personal relationship to Jesus Christ and works on the basis of our responsibility…

On the ground of the redemption, I am saved, and God puts His Holy Spirit into me; then He expects me to react on the basis of that relationship….

The only way to understand the Scriptures is not to accept them blindly, but to read them in the light of a personal relationship to Jesus… A scientist can explain the universe in which common sense people live, but the scientific explanation is not first; life is first. The same with theology; theology is the systematizing of the intellectual expression of life from God; it is a mighty thing, but it is second, not first.

Excerpts from Oswald Chambers
Daily Devotional Bible, Reading 234 (8/22)
From Baffled to Fight Better

This photograph is from a Facebook page called Life Is Better When You Have God In It.

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