03 September 2009

"very urgent and practical" and worth repeating

Thanks to Justin Taylor's reference in this post and our upcoming series, I started reading Martin Lloyd-Jones' exposition of Philippians. There is plenty that is blog-worthy, but this caught my attention:
"Anyone who believes the gospel is bound to repeat himself; anyone who is really earnest about these things, anyone who sees the state of the world and knows that this is the only truth, must go on repeating and reiterating it.
'To me to say these things,' says the Apostle in Chapter 3, 'is not grievous, but for you it is safe', and the other apostles do exactly the same thing. Peter in a sense half apologizes for saying the same things, but he says, 'I think it meet as long as I am in this tabernacle' - as long as I am alive - 'to stir you up by putting you in remembrance' (2 Peter 1:13). Why? Because they are so easily forgotten. If it were a case of announcing the truth of the gospel to a man once he had learned it and for ever, there would be no need of repetition, but, alas we know ourselves sufficiently well to realise that we can hear a thing a thousand times and still forget it. And that is why the Apostle goes on repeating it, because knowing how to triumph over circumstances is something very urgent and practical."
The Life of Joy and Peace; pg 13-14 (emphasis mine)


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