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Monday, January 26, 2015

Puritan Nuggets of Gold # 13

Christ (continued)

As a sacrifice, our sins were laid upon Hm. (Isaiah 53); as a Priest, He beareth them (Exodus 28:38); as an Advocate, He acknowledges them to be His own (Psalm 69:5) (John Bunyan)

He suffered not as God, but He suffered who was God. (John Owen)

Cast thine eyes which way thou wilt and thou shalt hardly look upon anything but Christ. Jesus hath taken the name of that thing upon Himself. Is it day? and dost thou behold the sun? He is called the Sun of Righteousness. Or is it night? and dost thou behold the stars? He is called a "Star," "There shall come a Star out of Jacob." Or is it morning? He is called "the bright Morning Star." Or is it noon? and dost thou behold clear light all the world over? He is "that light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world." Come nearer; if thou lookest upon the earth, and takest a view of the creatures about thee, dost thou see the sheep? "As a sheep before her shearer is dumb." Or seest thou a lamb? "Behold the Lamb of God." Seest thou a shepherd watching over his flock? "I am the Good Shepherd." Or seest thou a fountain, waters, rivers ...? (Isaac Ambrose)

It is a destructive addition to add anything to Christ. (Richard Sibbes)

To forsake Christ for the world, is to leave a treasure for a trifle... eternity for a moment, reality for a shadow. (William Jenkyn)

Since He looked upon me my heart is not my own, He hath run away to heaven with it. (Samuel Rutherford)

There will come a time when in this world holiness shall be more general and more eminent than ever it hath been since Adam fell in paradise. (Thomas Brooks)

As Adam had a world made for him, so shall Jesus Christ, the second Adam have a world made for Him. This world was not good enough for Him; He had a better appointed than that which Adam had, a new heaven and a new earth, according to the promise of Isaiah 66:22, where the saints shall reign. And this world He hath not subjected unto angels. (Thomas Goodwin)

Be not too curious in searching where God has not discovered or revealed. For example, there are great thoughts of hearts as to when God will deliver His people, and set His churches at liberty; and many men talk much of the year 1666. Some say that shall be the year in which antichrist shall be destroyed. Some go to the year 1699, and others pitch upon other times. But, truly, if you will have my judgment, and I am glad to this opportunity to tell you, this is to pry too much into the ark. Remember the text, "It is not for you to know the times or the seasons which the Father hath put in His own power." (Edmund Calamy)

Christ hath told us He will come, but not when, that we might never put off our clothes, or put out the candle. (William Gurnall)

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