Paralyzed by Fear? (Stott)

Our Sovereign God: Addresses from the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology The 1977 publication Our Sovereign God is a nice collection of articles from J. M. Boice, R. C. Sproul, J. I. Packer, John Stott, and so on.  The book is actually a collection of the addresses from the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology from 1974-1976.  This is a good resource to own.  Here’s one excerpt from John Stott’s address called “The Sovereignty of God the Son:”

“Many Christians are paralyzed by fear: fear of the unknown, the occult, circumstances, people, demons, the number 13.  For example, many high-rise hotels in America do not have a thirteenth floor.  The floors at numbered 10-11-12-14-15-16, because citizens are too superstitious to sleep on the thirteenth floor.  They do not seem to have the intelligence to realize that it is still the thirteenth even if you call it the fourteenth.”

“How can we be paralyzed by fear if the very things of which we are afraid are under the feet of Jesus?  Jesus is Lord.  What are you afraid of?  It is under his feet.  How can we dread death?  How can we think of death as anything but a trivial episode, a transit lounge between life here and life in its fullness, if Jesus the Lord has destroyed death and him who has the power of death, that is, the devil?  It is because of the supreme lordship of Jesus over sin and death that we ourselves can be saved from death.”

John Stott, Our Sovereign God, p. 19.

Shane Lems
Hammond, WI

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