The Error of Self-sufficiency
Were the other disciples not taught from the same mouth? Did they not with the same faith receive what they were taught? Why then should Peter distrust their weakness and yet presume on his own strength? Though he feels himself chief in following Christ, may he not also be chief in falling from him?
Such is the nature of greatness, that it thinks itself secure from danger and apprehends spiritual immunity in temporal honour. How erroneous is the frailty of man’s nature! How ready we are to trust on the arm of the flesh, confidence, free-will, and supremacy, even against divine predictions of danger. There is no greater cause of weakness and ruin then to think oneself sufficiently armed with the arm of the flesh.
Dr. Edward Reynolds was born in 1599 in Southampton, England. He received his BA degree at Oxford in 1618. In 1622…
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