Archive for June 2011
We are stewards of a Message that is not ours. We are not masters of it, but it is to master us. We wield no great power, but rather bear witness to Another’s power. We are not professionals, but paupers rich in love and life.
We are clay pots- dirt baked hard;
We are sheep- even the shepherds are sheep;
We are vines- utterly dependent on the Root for life;
We are sinners, saved through a Message that is not ours;
We are not masters of it, but it is to master us…
The message is not our own;
The strength is not our own;
The ministry is not our own;
We are not our own;
There is no power in prayer, but power in God;
ALL praise belongs to God alone.
There is no power in the preacher, but power in the Gospel.
It is God’s power for salvation.
There is no power in the gifts, but power in the Spirit.
We are impotent- He is omnipotent.
There is no power in the Church, but power in the Head;
Severed from Christ, we are lifeless and lost.
There is no boasting, save in the One who
Speaks for us;
Speaks through us;
Had a great talk with a brother over hermeneutics this morning and we talked about everything from the need to read, read, read the Bible to interpret properly, to senses plenoir, to Christ in the Old Testament, to Riceour’s thesis that Life is a Text. Good morning.
As we discussed, we talked about our utter dependence on the Scriptural content, because it is unique in a Holy-Spirit-Authored existence. God’s intent was sure before there was history, before people, before us, before me. So, in His self-revelation, there are truths that make time look useless and it (the Bible) is as living and fresh today as it has always been. This does not relieve the difficulty of handling it well, in it’s proper context(s), but does provide assurance of veracity as well as guidance in meaning.
God is our maker, our holder, our revelation, our revealer, our teacher, life . . . our author.