11 February 2010

Repentance unto Knowledge

. . . so that God might grant them repentance unto knowledge of the truth . . .
--2 Tim 2:25

Not: knowledge of the truth leading to repentance
But: repentance leading to knowledge of the truth

Paul knew that soft-heartedness fueled understanding; understanding does not necessarily fuel soft-heartedness.

Having trouble with predestination? The absolute sovereignty of God over every detail of your life? The offer of full forgiveness? God's governing will over earthquakes?

Have you tried repenting?

I believe in order to understand.
--St. Augustine, Sermon 43, Works III/2, p. 242

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