So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10.17
“Who shall examine the secret depths of God? Who shall dare to treat of the eternal source of the universe? Who shall boast of knowing the infinite God, Who fills all and surrounds all, Who enters into all and passes beyond all, Who occupies all and escapes all? Whom none has ever seen as He is” (Columbanus, Sermon I).
Who, indeed. Well, you and I, for one. As those who have been entrusted with the ministry of the Word of God, we’d better make sure we know Him well enough to speak for Him clearly and truly.
In a series of 13 sermons, spread out over as many days, Columbanus taught new members of his community important basics both of the life of faith and life together in the Body of Christ. It is significant that he began this series focusing on knowing the Lord. Everything in Christian life derives from this, expresses this, longs for and drives toward this, and sees in knowing Jesus our end and reason for being. Thus we are called to hear the Word of God as it reveals Jesus to us, that we might increase in the knowledge of the Lord and the grace He calls us as His ambassadors to share with others.
Columbanus continued, “Therefore let no man venture to seek out the unsearchable things of God, the nature, mode and cause of His existence. These are unspeakable, undiscoverable, unsearchable; only believe in simplicity and yet with firmness, that God is and shall be even as He has been, that God is immutable.” Only believe what the Word says – and all that it says. Don’t waste your time on speculations about God or His will that He has not revealed. Sink into His Word, seek Jesus there, and grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord by faith.
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From the Celtic Revival
Here’s an excerpt from the current issue of Crosfigell, our twice-weekly teaching letter featuring insights from the writers of the Celtic Revival challenging us to think about what it means to love God:
Give and grant and impart to me,
Thy holy grace, and Thy Holy Spirit,
to protect me and preserve me from all my sins present and future,
and to kindle in me all righteousness,
and to establish me in that righteousness to my life’s end...
- Litany of Jesus II, Irish, 15th century
Strange to think that what we most need protection from is ourselves! But we are all “prone to wander”, as the old hymn has it, and we all need prayers like this to keep us close to Jesus throughout the day, and “to my life’s end…”
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Except as indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
 All quotations are from G. S. M. Walker, ed., Sancti Columbani Opera (Dublin: Institute for Advanced Studeis, 1957), pp. 61 ff.
 Plummer, Litanies, p. 45.