Quotable

16 May

“Reformed teaching on the double grace and the will’s bondage is very good news: rather than being ‘tossed back and forth without any certainty,’ with ‘our poor consciences..tormented constantly,’ as the Belgic Confession says, we come to rest in Jesus Christ, knowing that new life is a gift received in union with him. In this way, we are freed to actually love and delight in God and neighbor. Otherwise, our praying, our acts of mercy, our evangelism, all are done to build up our own holiness–which blocks God and neighbor from being our focus.”
-J. Todd Billings, Union with Christ: Reframing Theology and Ministry for the Churchp. 47.

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