Friday, February 1, 2013
I've been teaching a Wednesday night Bible study on 2 Corinthians at my church, Vestavia Hills Baptist. In Chapter 6, verses 8-10, Paul lists a wonderful series of contrasts that describe his ministry:
We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; 9 as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.
In studying those particular verses, I found the following excerpt from A. W. Tozer, in his book That Incredible Christian (Wheaton: Tyndale, 1978, p. 11):
A real Christian is an odd number anyway. He feels supreme love for one whom he has never seen; talks familiarly every day to someone he cannot see; expects to go to heaven on the virtue of another; empties himself in order to be full; admits he is wrong so he can be declared right; goes down in order to get up; is strongest when he is weakest; richest when he is poorest; and happiest when he feels the worst. He dies so he can live; forsakes in order to have; gives away so he can keep; sees the invisible, hears the inaudible, and knows that which passes knowledge. The man who has met God is not looking for anything; he has found it. He is not searching for light, for upon him the light has already shined. His certainty may seem bigoted, but his assurance is that of one who knows by experience. His religion is not hearsay. He is not a copy, not a facsimile. He is an original from the hand of the Holy Spirit.
I consider that paragraph some profound words to ponder.