And I Quote! (Part 2)


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“The disciples did not simply come to understand Christ in the light of the Passion.  Rather, only when turned again (or were turned by the risen Christ) to the scriptures (meaning what we now call the ‘Old Testament’) did they begin to see there all sorts of references to Christ, and specifically to the necessity that he should suffer before entering his glory (cf. Lk 24.27), which they then used in their proclamation of Christ.  In other words, the scriptures were not used merely as a narrative of the past, but rather as a thesaurus, a treasury of imagery, for entering into the mystery of Christ, the starting point for which is the historical event of the Passion.  In this it is not so much scripture that is being exegeted, but rather Christ who is being interpreted by recourse to the scriptures.”—John Behr, The Mystery of Christ: Life in Death

“We may confess with our mouth that Christ is the center of all things, nevertheless in our lives we have many matters other than Christ, as if these can help us to be Christians.  How we need to have our mind renewed so as to understand that aside from Christ God has no intention for us to have many so-called spiritual things.  According to God’s arrangement, there are things; only, these things are Christ.  For Christ is the sum of all spiritual things. […]  Brothers and sisters, as we travel along God’s course, we will discover more and more that of all God’s grace there is only one grace, of all God’s gifts there is only one gift.  That grace is Christ, that gift is also Christ.” —Watchman Nee, Christ the Sum of All Spiritual Things

“Christ shield me this day: Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I arise, Christ in the heart of every person who thinks of me, Christ in the eye that sees me, Christ in the ear that hears me.”—From St. Patrick’s Breastplate Prayer

To Him, the God that made the heavens and the earth, without whom was not anything made; to Him who in His infinite compassion became the surety of the covenant—to Him who became a babe of a span long—to Him who on the bloody tree poured out His heart’s life that He might redeem His people—to Him who said, ‘I thirst,’ and ‘It is finished!’—to Him whose lifeless body slumbered in the grave—to Him be the glory.  To Him that burst the bonds of death—to Him who ascended on high and led captivity captive—to Him who sitteth at the right hand of the Father and who shall soon come to be our Judge—‘to Him be glory.’  Yes, to Him, ye atheists, who deny Him—to Him, ye Socinians, who doubt His deity—to Him, ye kings, who vaunt your splendor, and will not have this man to reign over you—to Him, the King whom God hath set upon His holy hill of Zion—to Him be glory.  To Him be glory as the Lord: King of kings and Lord of lords; ‘Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace’ (Isaiah 9:6).  And yet again, Hosanna in the highest—Hallelujah!  King of kings and Lord of lords!  To Him be glory as Lord.  To Him be glory as Savior.  He alone hath redeemed us unto God by His blood; He alone hat ‘trodden the wine-press,’ and ‘cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah, glorious in His apparel, traveling in the greatness of His strength” (Isaiah 63:1).  To Him be glory.  Hear it ye angels: To Him be glory.  Clap your wings.  Cry ‘Hallelujah!  To Him be glory!’  Hear it ye spirits of the just made perfect; sweep the stings of your celestial harps and say, ‘Hallelujah! glory to Him who hath redeemed us unto God by His own blood!’  To Him be glory.  Church of God respond!  Let every pious heart say, ‘To Him be glory!’  Yes, unto Him be glory, ye fiends of hell, as ye tremble at His presence, and see the key of your prison-house swinging at His girdle.  Let heaven, and earth, and hell—let things that are, that were, and shall be, cry, ‘TO HIM BE GLORY!!’”—From, “A Psalm for the New Year,” sermon by Charles Spurgeon

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