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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Puritan Nuggets of Gold # 92

Temptation (continued)

There is a great deal of difference between falling into a temptation, and running into a temptation. The falling into a temptation, shall work for good, not the running into it.

He that falls into a river is capable of help and pity, but he that desperately turns into it is guilty of his own death. (Thomas Watson)

Temptation is like a knife, that may either cut the meat or the throat of a man; it may be his food or poison. (John Owen)

The Tongue

We know metals by their tinkling, and men by their talking. (Thomas Brooks)

He may not be accounted an honest man of life that is an evil man in tongue. (Nicholas Byfield)

An unbridled tongue is the chariot of the devil, wherein he rides in triumph. The course of an unruly tongue is to proceed from evil to worse, to begin with foolishness, and go on with bitterness, and to end in mischief and madness (Ecclesiastes 10:13). The Jew's conference with our Saviour began with arguments: "We be Abraham's seed," saith they, etc.; but proceeded to blasphemies: "Say we not well that thou art  Samaritan, and hast a devil?" (Edward Reyner)

Some care not what they say in their passion; they will censure, slander, and wish evil to others. How can Christ be in the heart, when the devil has taken possession of the tongue? Passion disturbs reason, it is brevis insania, a short frenzy. Let them whose tongues re set on fire, take heed that they do not one day in hell desire a drop of water to cool them. (Thomas Watson)

The Trinity

"Baptizing them in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: there are three distinct persons, in the Name, not names; there is one essence. (Thomas Adams)

The Trinity is purely an object of faith, the plumbline of reason is too short to fathom this mystery; but where reason cannot wade, there faith must swim. This sacred doctrine, though it be not against reason, yet it is above reason. (Thomas Watson)

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