Let this be our oblation before a holy God

“Then let the annihilation, the inner annihilation before God, have its terror, have its pain–the inspiring certainty ought to be the more blessed to a person” (S. Kierkegaard, “For Self-Examination” and “Judge for Yourself,” trans. Howard V. Hong and Edna H. Hong [Princeton University Press, 1990], 167).

Is the human creature anything before a holy God? Hardly. The human is barely a worm whose nature has turned to stinking refuse. So let this be our oblation before a holy God: to offer the whole person for utter judgment and absolute annihilation, so that the incongruity of our parts might be destroyed, then remade into a harmonious whole after the created pattern of the glorified Christos-Messiah.

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