Thursday, March 16, 2006

Lecture V

Hello classmates. I was entirely taken back by the opening paragraph of Lecture V.
Cyril says, “For since God is called Faithful, thou also in receiving this title receivest a great dignity. For as God is called Good, and Just, and Almighty, and Maker of the Universe, so is He also called Faithful. Consider therefore to what a dignity thou art rising, seeing thou art to become partaker of a title of God.”
This Maker of the Universe is called Faithful in 1Corinthians 1:9—God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
I read this earlier in the week to some of my other classmates, but I find it appropriate here—“Lord, how great is our dilemma! In Thy Presence silence best becomes us, but love inflames our hearts and constrains us to speak. Were we to hold our peace the stones would cry out; yet if we speak, what shall we say?” That comes from A.W. Tozer’s The Knowledge of the Holy.
What shall we say about God?
If we agree with Cyril, we shall call Him this—Faithful.
We derive the language of the Incomprehensible from the Holy Bible. We also derive our language from a community that repeats and passes to the next generation a language believed to be divinely self-disclosed.
Cyril hits the mark. It is true that we are receiving a great dignity. We truly are becoming partakers of a title of God!
What a mysterious blessing.
Look back to the Procatechesis—Cyril comments On Faith there also; “But beware lest thou have the title of faithful, but the will of the faithless. Thou hast entered into a contest, toil on through the race: another such opportunity thou canst not have. Were it thy wedding-day before thee, wouldest thou not have disregarded all else, and set about the preparation of the feast?”
In light of Cyril comments, which I find so convicting, have we truly grasped the dignity that is associated with our salvation? Have we even an inkling of this?—“How great a dignity Jesus bestows on thee.
Also, we all know that we ought to take up the shield of faith, in order to quench the fiery darts of the wicked (Ephesians 6:16), but it wasn’t until this week that I realized “shield” had been equated with “faith” long before Paul sent this letter to Ephesus.
Proverbs 30:5—Every word of God is pure: He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him.
Our shield is faith. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. We put our trust/faith in Him. We are called faithful. It might seem trivial, but I really cannot stop thinking about sharing in a title with God, for it forces me to realize the seriousness of faithfulness (disregarding all else in preparation of the feast).

2 Comments:

Blogger dannyboy said...

Yes, that part about "thou also in receiving this title receivest a great dignity" speaks loudly. I really appreciate your point about the seriousness of sharing a title with God. Having not really given this idea much thought previously, I find it staggering how vastly underappreciated this dignity has become. And even after thinking about it I am sure I still cannot give it enough respect, thanks, reverence, and everything that it would deserve. Indeed, the implications this concept ought impose upon my life are well above how it is actually being lived out. All this to say that Cyril's lecture and your coments give me a great pause to reevaluate perspectives on faithfulness and living with the claim to a title so mind boggling and convicting.
-Dan

2:20 AM  
Blogger Jason said...

another thing to think about as a result of this participation in the title: how are we representing Christ in our lives? Are my actions, thought, deeds, and even struggles? representing one who is participating in this title of "faithful"? No longer are my willful sins and struggles minor issues, just because they seem to be less severe than others i compare them to, for I'm not compared to others, but to the Father, and His nature...

9:40 PM  

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