Romans 11:33-36

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Puritan Passages

Matthew 16:18

Seed of the Church—Jeremiah Burroughs

The power of God is glorious, not only in preserving His church, in raising the spirits of His servants in their greatest affliction, but in increasing His church by them. If it is a wonder to be upheld in them, it is much more a wonder to be increased by them. “The more we are cut down, the more we persist,” says Tertullian.

The church never grew so fast as when it was under the most affliction. Sulpitius says of the Christians in the primitive times, that they were then as greedy of martyrdom, as in his time men were greedy of the bishopric. The blood of martyrs was the seed of the church.

Pliny reports of the lily, that it is increased by its own juice that drops from it, and so is the church, which is the lily that grows among the thorns; the very blood that drops from it, multiplies it; the sufferings of one beget many to the love of the truth.

John Knox… reports of a gentleman, one John Lindsay, familiar to Bishop James Bettoune, that he said to the Bishop upon the occasion of the burning of Patrick Hamilton: “My Lord, if you burn any more, you will destroy yourselves; if you will burn them, let them be burnt in hollow cellars, for the smoke of Mr. Patrick Hamilton has infected as many as it blew upon.”

It is reported of one Cecilia… that her constancy and exhortations, before and after her martyrdom, were the means to convert four hundred people. “By blood and prayer the church converts the whole world,” says Luther.

Readings taken from Day by Day with the English Puritans


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