2001-07-31 - Tidbits and Gems
Mr. Marshall, author of a treatise on Sanctification, in his early years, was under great distress for a long time, through a consciousness of guilt, and a dread of the divine displeasure. At last, mentioning his case to Dr. Thomas Goodwin, and lamenting the greatness of his sins, that able divine replied, "You have forgotten the greatest sin of all, the sin of unbelief, in refusing to believe in Christ, and rely on his atonement and righteousness for your acceptance with God." This word in season banished his fears. He looked to Jesus, and was filled with joy and peace in believing!
From John Arrowsmith, "A daily conversation in Heaven, is the surest forerunner of a constant abode there. The spirit of God, by enabling us hereunto first brings Heaven into the soul, and then conducts the soul to Heaven."
George Horne in commenting on the phrase, "The Lord is my Shepherd," says, "in these words, the believer is taught to express his absolute acquiescence and satisfaction in the guardian care of the great Pastor of the universe, the Redeemer and Preserver of men. With joy he reflects that he has a shepherd, and that shepherd is Jehovah! Where shall we find such diligence, such tenderness, skill, power, and unwearied patience? Why should they fear who have such a friend? How can they want, who have such a shepherd? Behold us, O Lord Jesus, in ourselves hungry, and thirsty, and feeble, diseased, defenseless, and lost. O feed us, and cherish us; heal us, and defend us; bear with us, and restore us."
John Wesselus, of Groningen, who was one of the most learned men in the fifteenth century, and was, on account of his extensive attainments, called, "the light of the world," having been once introduced to the presence of the Pope, was requested by that pontiff to ask for some favor for himself. "Then," said Wesselus, "I beg you to give me out of the Vatican Library a Greek and a Hebrew Bible." "You shall have them," said Sixtus: "but, foolish man, why don't you ask for a bishopric, or something of that sort?" "For the best of reasons," said Wesselus, "because I do not want such things."
When the arrival of the cart, which carried the sacred load of the Scriptures to Wales, in 1806, sent by the British and Foreign Bible Society, was announced, the Welsh peasants went out in crowds to meet it; welcomed it as the Israelites did the ark of old; drew it into the town; and eagerly bore off all copies as rapidly as they could be dispersed. The young people were to be seen spending the whole of night in reading it. Laborers carried it with them into the field, that they might enjoy it during the intervals of their labors, and lose no opportunity of becoming acquainted with its sacred truths.
Soli Deo Gloria,