There is nothing the soul can need which cannot be found in God

BB Warfield in his magnificent article on ‘the First question of the shorter catechism’ closes by quoting Augustine….

 

”Thou hast made us for Thyself, O Lord ; and our heart is restless till it finds its rest in Thee.”
”For there is nothing the soul can need which it cannot find in God.” ”Let God,” he exclaims in another of those great passages which stud his pages – ”Let God be all in all to thee, for in Him is the entirety of all that thou lovest.” And then, elaborating the idea,  he proceeds: ” God is all in all to thee: if thou dost hunger He is thy bread; if thou dost thirst He is thy drink; if thou art in darkness, He is thy light;…… if thou art naked, He is thy garment of immortality, when this corruption shall put on incorruption and this mortal shall put on immortality.” Delight in God, enjoyment of God – this is the recurrent refrain of all Augustine’s speech of God: delight in God here, enjoyment of God forever. Would we know the way of life he tells us – in words which his great pupil was to repeat after him – we must come to know God and ourselves, God in His love that we may not despair, ourselves in our unworthiness that we may not be proud.

 

The Westminster Assembly and its work – BB Warfield p398/399
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