Quote of the Week

“More than our popular churches and institutions and movements, God wants us ourselves. He wants our hearts, our loyalty, our love for himself alone. He wants to find in us the same sense of intimate belonging to him that is appropriate to sexual union on the human level. More than showing the world how “relevant” the church can be, God wants us to show him how much we treasure him above all else. He wants to find in us the same sense of identification with him that is appropriate to human marriage. And we show him our love through doctrinal faithfulness to his Word, by following him heroically wherever he goes (we would rather die than turn aside, even one step, from following him to following the world), by resisting the world’s radical pluralism demanding unlimited tolerance levels for its ideas and values, by restricting our ministries only to those methods which are warranted by his Word and consistent with prayerful dependence upon the power of the Spirit, by nurturing our `vague half-believers in our casual creeds’  into earnest, informed, gladly devoted lovers of Christ alone, and in many other important ways. But above all, we show him our love by savoring the hope of eternal union with him in the new Jerusalem above as our only true fulfillment.”   

(God’s Unfaithful Wife, A biblical theology of spiritual adultery, Raymond C. Ortlund Jr., pg. 176)

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