September 7, 2007

Augustine on 1 Tim. 1:15

None occasion was there for Christ the Lord's coming, but to save sinners. Take away diseases, take away wounds, and there is no occasion for medicine. If a great Physician hath come from heaven, some great one was lying sick throughout the whole compass of the world. This sick one is the human race.
Augustine, "Sermon CXXV.," in Sermons on Selected Lessons of the New Testament (Oxford: James Parker & Co., 1875), 2:897.

I first heard this quoted by Dr. S. Lewis Johnson in one of his sermons. Johnson was very intrigued by this comment from Augustine.

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