Sunday, February 8, 2009

"the pronoun 'I'"

Going through John with the kids, with a little help from Dr Hendricksen (1959, p267). This paragraph struck a chord with me on many fronts:
Notice also the pronoun I. In the last analysis we are not saved by a principle or by a force but by a person. In the school the pupil is educated not primarily by blackboards, books, and maps, but by the teacher who makes use of all these means. In the home he is brought up by the father and mother. So also the means of access to the Father is Christ himself. We are persons. The God from whom we have been estranged is a personal God. Hence, it is not strange that apart from living fellowship with the person, Jesus Christ, who exists in indissoluble union with the Father, there is no salvation for us (cf. Rom. 5:1,2,)
This was a comment made on John 14:6, where Jesus says, 'I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the father, but by me.'
The high dignity of the human race is so lost in our days. We were made to be with and like God (loving, true, gracious, just, righteous, clothed with humility) but instead we choose to take our heritage from the line of animals and are surprised when our behaviour fails to rise above the beastly. Man! Woman! Boy! Girl! What an incredible creature you are! As, Lloyd-Jones used to say, 'Be what you are!' Live according to your high status as the crowning glory of all creation! Begin by being reconciled to God.

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