Jottings – To Rise Above the Visible

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“…in the call of God Abraham is called to a life of strangership on the earth, for the essential characteristic of the life of faith is strangership, but this founded upon citizenship elsewhere (Heb. 11:13-16). Faith dwells in the unseen with the substance of things hoped for (Heb. 11:1). The terms of this divine call is ‘Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee.’ The new course proposed calls man to rise above all visible influences and simply to rest upon God and His all-sufficient Word. Man had fallen into flagrant independence of God; the call is now to depend entirely on Him. Observe the character of the call of Abraham: it was not stated that he should separate from moral pollution and idolatry, though doubtless there were debasing and revolting practices connected with the idolatry; he was to separate from the associations of nature and of the earth. The call of God is a matter of great import: God’s voice from heaven reached the heart, and it awakes to the consciousness that it has to do with Him.”


A. Shepherd, “Practical Reflections from the Life of Abraham,”in An Outline of Sound Words. Accessed electronically on 8/28/14 here:


Thanks Keith!


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