THE CHRISTIAN IMPERFECT, YET A SAINT

COLOSSIANS 3:12.—“Put on, therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering.” IT appears singular to the reader of St. Paul’s Epistles, that the apostle in one passage speaks of Christians as perfect, and in another …

We Differ From Unbelievers In Our Estimate Of Things.

We differ from unbelievers in our estimate of things. The unbeliever surveys the heavens and worships them, because he thinks them a divinity; he looks to the earth and makes himself a servant to it, and longs for the things of sense. But not so …

The Confessions of St. Augustine; Book 13: Chapters 34-38

CHAPTER XXXIV—HE BRIEFLY REPEATS THE ALLEGORICAL INTERPRETATION OF GENESIS (CHAPTER 1), AND CONFESSES THAT WE SEE IT BY THE DIVINE SPIRIT. We have also examined what Thou willedst to be shadowed forth, whether by the creation, or the relation of things in such an order. …

The Confessions of St. Augustine; Book 13: Chapters 31-33

CHAPTER XXXI—WE DO NOT SEE “THAT IT WAS GOOD,” BUT THROUGH THE SPIRIT OF GOD, WHICH IS IN US. But they who by Thy Spirit see these things, Thou seest in them. Therefore when they see that these things are good, Thou seest that they …

The Confessions of St. Augustine; Book 13: Chapters 28-30

CHAPTER XXVIII—HE PROCEEDS TO THE LAST VERSE, “ALL THINGS ARE VERY GOOD,”—THAT IS, THE WORK BEING ALTOGETHER GOOD. And Thou, O God, sawest every thing that Thou hadst made, and, behold, it was very good. Yea we also see the same, and behold, all things …

The Confessions of St. Augustine; Book 13: Chapters 25-27

CHAPTER XXV—HE EXPLAINS THE FRUITS OF THE EARTH (VER. 29) OF WORKS OF MERCY. I would also say, O Lord my God, what the following Scripture minds me of; yea, I will say, and not fear. For I will say the truth, Thyself inspiring me …

The Confessions of St. Augustine; Book 13: Chapters 22-24

CHAPTER XXII—HE EXPLAINS THE DIVINE IMAGE (VER. 26.) OF THE RENEWAL OF THE MIND. For behold, O Lord, our God, our Creator, when our affections have been restrained from the love of the world, by which we died through evil-living; and begun to be a …

The Confessions of St. Augustine; Book 13: Chapters 19-21

CHAPTER XIX—ALL MEN SHOULD BECOME LIGHTS IN THE FIRMAMENT OF HEAVEN. But first, wash you, be clean; put away evil from your souls, and from before mine eyes, that the dry land may appear. Learn to do good, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow, …