That is how one of my favorite pastors, Ray Ortlund, Jr. describes what happens in the story found in the first couple of chapters in the Bible. Listen in on how he talks about marriage, and why he wrote his forthcoming book, Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel.
It is my prayer today that the Doctor's experience in ministry will be mine.
“There are certain things which have to be said over and over again, of necessity, and yet this is the marvel and the wonder of the cross, that however many times a man may preach about it, he has never finished preaching about it. There is always something fresh to say, always something new. There is a great central message that is always there, but nothing is so wonderful as to see that one thing in different ways . . . . During these twenty-six years in my Westminster pulpit there have been times when in my utter folly I have wondered, or the devil has suggested to me, that there is nothing more for me to say, that I have preached it all. I thank God that I can now say that I feel I am only at the beginning of it. There is no end to this glorious message of the cross, for there is always something new and fresh and entrancing and moving and uplifting that one has never seen before.”
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, The Cross (Westchester, 1986), pages 155-156. (HT: Ray Ortlund, Jr.)
“Therefore, the Christian needs another Christian who speaks God’s word to him. He needs him again and again when he becomes uncertain and discouraged, for by himself he cannot help himself with belying the truth. He needs his brother man as a bearer and proclaimer of the divine word of salvation. He needs his brother solely because of Jesus Christ. The Christ in his own heart is weaker that the Christ in the word of his brother; his own heart is uncertain, his brother’s is sure. And that also clarifies the goal of all Christian community: they meet one another as bringers of the message of salvation.”
(Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer)