Thursday, December 17, 2015

To the Christian Rich - Temporal Abundance is No Proof of Eternal Blessing

"He has filled the hungry with good things;
and sent away the rich empty-handed."
Mary testifies to the ways of God, Lk 1:53

Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when the young man heard this statement, he went away grieving; for he was one who owned much property.
Mt 19:21-22

Monday, December 14, 2015

To the Christian Rich - Make Yourselves Poor

"It is our shame and disgrace today that so many Christians--I will be more specific: so many of the soundest and most orthodox Christians--go through this world in the spirit of the priest and the Levite in our Lord's parable, seeing human needs all around them, but (after a pious wish, and perhaps a prayer, that God might meet those needs) averting their eyes and passing by on the other side. That is not the Christmas spirit. . .The Christmas spirit does not shine in the Christian snob. For the Christmas spirit is the spirit of those who, like their Master, live their whole lives on the principle of making themselves poor--spending and being spent--to enrich their fellow humans, giving time, trouble, care and concern, to do good to others--and not just their own friends--in whatever way there seems need." - From Knowing God, pages 63-64, by J.I. Packer, commenting on the implications of the condescension of God the Son, explained in Php 2 and 2 Co 8.

"Woe to you who are rich, for you are receiving your comfort in full. Woe to you who are well-fed now, for you shall be hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep. Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers used to treat the false prophets in the same way." 
The Son of God, Lk 6:24-26