I Like “Of First Importance”

For a daily dose of gospel-centered quotes from past and present Bible teachers and theologians, be sure to check out the Of First Importance Blog.

Here are a few recent samples:

His love never changes

“Though we change every day, yet his love changeth not. Could any kind of provocation turn it away, it had long since ceased.”

– John Owen, Communion with God, (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth Trust, 2004), 33.

All of Grace

“We could not take one step in the pursuit of holiness if God in His grace had not first delivered us from the dominion of sin and brought us into union with His risen Son. Salvation is by grace and sanctification is by grace.”

– Jerry Bridges, The Discipline of Grace (Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 1994), 73.

Rely on the Holy Spirit, not your own strength

“It is imperative that we realize our complete dependence upon the Holy Spirit. We must not rely upon our own strength of resolution or purpose. It is when we are weak that we are strong. It is by grace that we are being saved (Rom. 5:10) as surely as by grace that we have been saved (Ehp. 2:8-9).

If we are not keenly sensitive to our own helplessness, then we can make the use of the means of sanctification the minister of self-righteousness and pride and thus defeat the purpose of sanctification. We must not rely on the means of sanctification but upon the God of all grace.”

-John Murray, Redemption Accomplished and Applied (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1955), 147

Christ, the clue to history

“The true meaning of the human story has been disclosed. Because it is the truth, it must be shared universally. It cannot be private opinion. When we share it with all peoples, we give them the opportunity to know the truth about themselves, to know who they are because they can know the true story of which their lives are a part.

Wherever the gospel is preached the question of the meaning of the human story-the universal story and the personal story of each human being-is posed. Thereafter the situation can never be the same. It can never revert to the old harmonies, the old securities, the old static or cyclical patterns of the past. Now decisions have to be made for or against Christ, for Christ as the clue to history or for some other clue.”

-Lesslie Newbigin, The Gospel in a Pluralist Society (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1989), 125-126

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