Thursday, July 7, 2011

Drink Long and Deep from the Fountainhead

"Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God." (Colossians 2:18-19)

The answer to legalism is the continual realization of the grace of Christ. The answer to mysticism is an understanding of how profoundly we are related to Christ. The answer to asceticism is the reckoning that we have died, been buried and are resurrected with Christ. The answer is where it all began: at the foot of the cross. There is a tendency to move away from where we had our beginning: the cross. All of our theology, all of our preaching, all of our singing hymns together, the disciplines of life experienced in family and relationships are meant to keep us right at the foot of the cross - simply drinking long and deep from the Fountainhead, Jesus Christ. (R. Kent Hughes)

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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