You Hold and You Are Held

Take hold of . . . Christ . . .
[who] . . .took hold of me.
    —Philippians 3:12

In 1856, renowned London pulpiteer Charles Spurgeon founded a college to train men for the ministry. The Spurgeon College crest shows a hand grasping a cross and the Latin words, Et Teneo, Et Teneor, meaning, “I hold and am held.”

In his autobiography, Spurgeon wrote, “This is our College motto. We hold forth the Cross of Christ with a bold hand because the Cross holds us fast by its attractive power. Our desire is that every man may both hold the Truth, and be held by it.”

Several centuries before Spurgeon, the apostle Paul expressed the same sentiment: “I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me” (Phil 3:12).

Hold on to Him who holds on to you.


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