2001-06-12 - Tidbits and Gems
I thought today I would share some tidbits and gems that I have recently come upon in my readings.
The following is from a discourse of a convert from Greenland. "How deep our fall must have been, we may learn from the suffering of Jesus! When God created the visible world, he used only one word, 'Let it be,' (In the Hebrew that is only one word) and it was; but our redemption could not be accomplished by a word; to restore us poor creatures He had to descend from heaven, live and suffer as man, tremble, and groan, and sweat bloody sweat; and at last expire in torments, that He might redeem us by His blood. Can any one therefore, refrain from loving our Savior, and devoting soul and body to His service?"
Wilberforce, the son of the late Rev. Legh Richmond, two hours and a-half before his death, went to bed and laid his head upon the pillow. His father said, "So He giveth His beloved rest." Wilberforce replied, "Yes, and sweet indeed is the rest which Christ gives." He never awoke from this sleep.
A friend once asked Professor Francke, who built the Orphan house at Halle, how it came to pass that he maintained so constant a peace of mind. The benevolent and godly man replied, "By stirring up my mind a hundred times a day. Wherever I am, whatever I do, I say, Blessed Jesus, have I truly a share in thy redemption? Are my sins forgiven? Am I guided by thy Spirit? Thine I am. Wash me again and again. By this constant converse with Jesus, I have enjoyed serenity of mind, and a settled peace in my soul."
"Some people," said the excellent Philip Henry, "do not like to hear much of repentance; but I think it so necessary that if I should die in the pulpit, I wish to die preaching repentance, and if out of the pulpit, practicing it."
The learned Salmasius said, when on his death bed, "Oh, I have lost a world of time! If one year more was to be added to my life, it should be spent in reading David's Psalms and Paul's Epistles."
Soli Deo Gloria,