Quote of the day – Peter Martyr Vermigli, an Italian reformer

 


Romans 1:18-25

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.

24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. 25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.


Scripture makes it undeniably clear that God punishes sins by sins. But these are not inflicted by God in such a way that they are sins stemming from him, since whatever God does is incontrovertibly righteous and just. The punishments themselves, insofar as they are punishments, pertain to the nature of goodness; yet, insofar as they proceed from us, they are sins.

Peter Martyr Vermigli, On Original Sin, translated and edited by Kirk Summers


On Original Sin (A New Translation of the Common Places (1576) Book 1) by [Vermigli, Peter]
A little about Vermigli by Chris Castaldo, author of the Forward and Introduction:

“Confronted by the persecution, force, and cruelty of this world, Peter Martyr Vermigli (1499–1562) urged Christians to leave the shadows of ignorance and recognize two realities: their identity in Christ and the sure hope of one day seeing God face to face. This, he contends, is ‘man’s ultimate happiness, the delight that surpasses all worldly pleasure’—to be accepted by the eternal Father in Christ.”

More from Amazon.com (click image of book to go there):

Peter Martyr Vermigli (1499-1562) was a forgotten giant of the Protestant Reformation. With a legacy that spanned from Naples to Zurich to Oxford, Vermigli left behind him voluminous biblical commentaries and treatises, and a band of faithful disciples who collected his writings into the massive theological compendium, the Loci Communes.On Original Sin’ represents the first installment of a new project to translate the Loci into English for the first time since 1583. Presented here in a clear, readable, and learned translation, Vermigli’s searching discussion of original sin reveals the biblical and patristic foundations of this controversial doctrine, and its centrality to Protestant orthodoxy.”


 

Kelly Ling’s Christian Quote of the Day – Jesus Christ


John 18:1-11

When Jesus had spoken these words, He went forth with His disciples over the ravine of the Kidron, where there was a garden, in which He entered with His disciples. Now Judas also, who was betraying Him, knew the place, for Jesus had often met there with His disciples. Judas then, having received the Roman  cohort and officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, came there with lanterns and torches and weapons.  So Jesus, knowing all the things that were coming upon Him, went forth and said to them, “Whom do you seek?” They answered Him, “Jesus the Nazarene.” He said to them, “I am He.” And Judas also, who was betraying Him, was standing with them. So when He said to them, “I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground. Therefore He again asked them, “Whom do you seek?”  And they said, “Jesus the Nazarene.” Jesus answered, “I told you that I am He; so if you seek Me, let these go their way,” to fulfill the word which He spoke, “Of those whom You have given Me I lost not one.” 10 Simon Peter then, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s slave, and cut off his right ear; and the slave’s name was Malchus.  11 So Jesus said to Peter, “Put the sword into the sheath; the cup which the Father has given Me, shall I not drink it?”


Jesus Christ

“Christ took your cup of grief, your cup of the curse, pressed it to his lips, drank it to its dregs – then filled it with His sweet, pardoning, sympathizing love, and gave it back for you to drink, and to drink forever!”

Octavius Winslow


Quote of the day – Thoughts on Christmas from Beth


1 Chronicles 16:34

34 O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.


Beth, the author of the blog “I once was lost“, shared her thoughts, hopes, and experiences about not celebrating Christmas. She offered these in comments on a reblog I posted of Mike Jeshurun’s post

IF YOU’RE A ‘CHRISTIAN’ JUSTIFYING THE OBSERVATION OF PAGAN CHRISTMAS BY QUOTING ROMANS 14:5-6 . . . THIS ONE’S FOR YOU

If you’re interested in exploring this topic further, Sherry has a blog devoted to it, The X Mass H8rs Blog. Don’t be turned off by the name of the blog and visit Sherry there – she has a library of materials.

Here are Beth’s comments on not celebrating this day:

I believe that something we need to keep in mind is that just because millions (maybe billions) follow Roman Catholicism does not make Roman Catholicism right – same goes for the world making December 25th what they would like it to be. I’m out on that. That does NOT make me any better than anyone else it just reminds me as a follower of God through Jesus Christ it is another day I am allowed to REST in Him and what He has done for us – finished for us – through His obedience to God the Father. ❤️❤️❤️ His birth is part of the Gospel – Good News-message – we don’t need a puffed up day to celebrate Him – He is a celebration in our hearts everyday – He is the Gift we need everyday. ❤️❤️❤️

I believe that more witnessing has come out of me by NOT celebrating – I have honestly found it opens more doors up to the “fence sitter/non-believer.”

Posted with love!

I asked Beth, “Could you share more about your opportunities to witness?”

For example I clean houses – and I have had to tell my well-meaning ladies when they want to give me a gift the truth. I can’t just take it and say thank you – I am convicted to lovingly tell them that I don’t celebrate the birth of the Lord with the world. I let them know I celebrate it everyday because not only has his birth saved me – but his life, death and resurrection. So to celebrate with the world doesn’t make sense to me. Of course they still give me a gift – without giftwrap and a thank you card instead of a holiday card.

Strangers I tell them when they give me their merry wishes that I believe in The Lord – but do not celebrate with the world on one particular day – some get nasty… I have been accused of being legalistic and a grinch and a Scrooge – and a Jehovah’s witness – that’s ok though because I feel very convinced that God’s Holy Spirit has convicted me. So I will keep doing what I feel He has commanded me to. ❤️

It gets easier as the years pass … I just BELIEVE what The Good Lord has shown ME in His Word and convicted ME of through His Spirit. ❤️

HE IS A GOOD AND MIGHTY AND TRUTHFUL GOD – I will trust in and on Him all the rest of my days. ❤️

One of the questions I get is “Well what do you do that day?”  My reply:  “I do what I always do everyday in the Lord – I rest in what He has done for us through His finished work – like He tells us to do.”❤️


 

Quote of the day – Look to Jesus!


 

Thomas Boston meme

“Out of a sense of our utter inability to resist the least temptation, look to Jesus for strength.” 

Thomas Boston

Source: Reformed Baptist Church of Glencoe


Matthew 6:7-13

NKJV

And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.

“Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
[d]For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.


 

Quote of the day – Athanasius of Alexandria


Hebrews 2:14-18

NASB

14 Therefore, since the children share in [m]flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives. 16 For assuredly He does not [n]give help to angels, but He gives help to the [o]descendant of Abraham.17 Therefore, He [p]had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.


Athanasius of Alexandria

AZ Quotes

“In ancient times before the divine sojourn of the Savior took place, even to the saints death was terrible; all wept for the dead as though they perished. But now that the Savior has raised his body, death is no longer terrible; for all who believe in Christ trample on it as it were nothing and choose rather to die than deny their faith in Christ. And that devil that once maliciously exulted in death, now that its pains were loosed, remained the only one truly dead.”


Athanasius (298–373 A.D.) was a bishop of Alexandria (Egypt), in the fourth century. Theopedia