(Griffith Thomas Studies in Colossians and Philemon pp.40-41)
Theology Must Be Devotional & Devotions Must Be Theological
"A hard, dry, intellectual study of theology will yield no spiritual fruit. Accuracy in the knowledge of Greek, careful balancing of various aspects of truth, wide knowledge of the doctrinal verities of the New Testament –all of these are essential and most valuable. Unless, however, they are permeated by a spirit of devotion they will fail at the crucial point. Pectus facit theologum – it is the heart that makes the theologian; and a theology that does not spring from spiritual experience is doomed to decay, to deadness, and to disaster. When, therefore, our devotions are theological, and our theology is devotional, we begin to realize the true meaning, blessing, and power of the Christian life. Thus we may go from strength to strength, from grace to grace, from glory to glory."