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SOLI DEO GLORIA!!! AMEN, Brother Steve, AMEN!!!
Steven Ritland (2/16/2002)
from Rochester MN
Reflecting or Radiating God's Glory? The sermon gave a good description of light using examples from the Scriptures,
and showing how the Reformation brought the world out of darkness into light.
I liked the quotation from Rev 21:23 -- And the city had no need of the sun,
neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and
the Lamb is the light thereof. Amen! I would take issue with only one assertion --
that Christians are to reflect the light of God. Let me comment on that by
quoting from a page from my web site www.mysteryofGod.net:
One sunny February morning in 1973, on a flight from Minnesota to Florida,
I made the following attempt at poetry.
As I look down from lofty heights,
My eyes can see some brilliant lights.
The source is not from down below,
But up above -- the solar glow.
The brilliance of the sun I see,
In creeks and rivers, lakes and sea.
The water moves along its way,
Constrained by banks of sand and clay.
May I reflect Your glory, Lord,
As these things do the sun;
And may Your Spirit guide my life,
As on my course I run.
This poem illustrates well the ignorance of the Mystery that was in me three
decades ago, and I believe currently pervades the Church. Can you detect a
difference in theology between the poem and the rest of the site? Hint: [Col
1:27] ‚ÄėTo whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this
mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory‚Äô.
My prayer then was that I might reflect the Lord‚Äôs glory. That assumes that the
Lord is external to the believer. Paul prayed that we might understand the
mystery that Christ is in us. My prayer now -- for myself as well as you the
reader -- is that we might radiate the glory of the indwelling Christ.