In the course of my week’s studying and reading I always get way more than I can give in my preaching and teaching. Often I read a stunning sentence or two that I just have to put out there. I’ll try to collect these and post them together rather than sprinkle them through the week.
“To be indifferent to doctrine is thus but another way of saying we are indifferent to Christianity” (S. Lewis Johnson, forward to The Grandeur of God, by C. Samuel Storms, p. 10).
“Even if there were no hell, [the believer] would still shudder at offending Him alone” (John Calvin, Institutes, Book One, II:2).
“The proper study of God’s elect is God; the proper study of a Christian is the Godhead. The highest science, the loftiest speculation, the mightiest philosophy, which can ever engage the attention of a child of God, is the name, the nature, the person, the work, the doings, and the existence of the great God whom he calls his Father” (Charles Spurgeon, New Park Street Pulpit, “The Immutability of God,” No. 1).
“A little knowledge of God is worth more than a great deal of knowledge about Him” (J. I. Packer, Knowing God, p. 21, emphasis added).
“It may surprise many to learn that not all truth was recovered in the Reformation…it was not a complete return to the apostolic church. Areas of doctrine and behavior were left incomplete, i.e., truths of Ephesians and Colossians were not emphasized by the reformers. How much of the truth of the Holy Spirit was there? of life truth? of prophetic truth?” (Charles Feinberg, Commentary on Revelation, p. 43).
And one for the “oops” category:
“While the believers at Thyatira tolerated sin, those at Sardis were dead to sin” (John MacArthur, Commentary on Revelation, p. 79). I believe the preposition should be “in.” 🙂