While browsing, In Praise of Folly, I speared a statement from the pen of Erasmus of Rotterdam. The main work of Erasmus was the work of correcting the Latin version of scriptures first translated from the Greek by Jerome into what is commonly called the Vulgate.
As an aside, he cobbled the Greek text often referred to as Textus Receptus, received text. Scholars say 80% is from Tyndale. From this background I share a quote from Erasmus:
“You venerate the saints, and you take pleasure in touching their relics. But you disregard their greatest legacy, the example of a blameless life.”
For those in the know, please, I have studied the life of Erasmus, and I believe the quote comes from a man aware of the less than blameless life he lived. But his statement bears repeating.
The truth rings a bell and we Baptists, attempt to teach others the benefit of emulating those who have gone before whose legacy is a “blameless life.” At least those lives that have been bleached a wee bit.
As a newborn Christian in the early sixties, I was taught, as was my wife to be, that good practice was to study the life of Christian heroes. While none were discovered to be without flaw, the life they lived produced a better life and hope in the heart of those changed via faith in Christ.
The Apostle Peter touched on the same chord as Erasmus when he wrote:
1Peter 2:21 “For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:”
Paul the Apostle stated the same principle here:
1Corinthians 11:1 “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.”
The late Methodist Revivalist, Leonard Ravenhill, said,
“The world doesn’t need a new definition of Christianity. It needs a demonstration of Christianity.” Why Revival Tarries.
The great legacy is not “Do as I say” but “I am demonstrating Jesus.”
Copyright © 2018 Larry Lilly
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