The Last Beatitude: Duane W.H. Arnold, PhD

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  1. Jean says:

    This is gold:

    “The church that will prevail is that which can truly be called the Body of Christ, for it bears the wounds of the Cross, the marks of sacrifice.”

    This is also consistent with John’s vision in Revelation: “I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain”.

    Duane, thank you for an excellent article!

  2. Linn says:

    Thank you so much for this meditation, Duane. I think some of us in the evangelical camp don’t always give serious consideration to the wounds of Christ because we get the wrong idea of worshiping “images” in our heads. But, those scars are real, and they were put there by His love for us as He gave His life for our redemption. Amy Carmichael wrote a poem that i have always loved:

    Hast thou no scar?
    No hidden scar on foot, or side, or hand?
    I hear thee sung as mighty in the land;
    I hear them hail thy bright, ascendant star.
    Hast thou no scar?

    Hast thou no wound?
    Yet I was wounded by the archers; spent,
    Leaned Me against a tree to die; and rent
    By ravening beasts that compassed Me, I swooned.
    Hast thou no wound?

    No wound? No scar?
    Yet, as the Master shall the servant be,
    And piercèd are the feet that follow Me.
    But thine are whole; can he have followed far
    Who hast no wound or scar?

    The poem reminds me that there is no sacrifice too great for Jesus, and I can expect to have my own wounds and scars as I follow and obey Him, all for a greater good and His glory.

  3. Duane Arnold says:

    Jean

    Many thanks…

  4. Duane Arnold says:

    Linn

    I did not know that poem. Many thanks for sharing.

  5. Em says:

    Good meditation…..
    “In this world we shall have tribulation….”

  6. BrideofChrist says:

    Very powerful words, Duanne! I’m very blessed by them. When I compare the state of today’s evangelical church,
    the evangelicals currently seem to share more in common with the ‘Health Wealth, & Prosperity’ doctrine “churches” than they do with the powerful, humble Christ-centered church you describe here.

  7. Duane Arnold says:

    BofC

    Yes, instead of the church conforming to Christ, many have chosen to make Christ conform to their version of church…

  8. Owen Wells says:

    Many thanks, Duane, for the powerful reminder.

    I’ve often wondered about Thomas, wondering why he doubted…. but your article makes it clear, thank you. He, like St. Martin, had to see the proof.

  9. Duane Arnold says:

    Owen

    Many thanks…

  10. CM says:

    Speaking of Doubting Thomas, this particular humorous cartoon comes to mind.

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/235313149256033849/

  11. CM says:

    The Apostle Thomas is still saddled with that title even now….

    As the link points out, why isn’t Peter called “Denying Peter” or Mark called “Ran Away Naked Mark”?

  12. Duane Arnold says:

    Interesting that prior to the 17th century, this was known as the “Incredulity of Thomas”. Counter-Reformation Catholics used this as an argument against “sola fide” …

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