Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Matthew Henry

Don't you just love Matthew Henry? (who passed on in 1714)

Know this will probably bore most of you.

He that is born of God is born for God, and consequently for another world. He has a temper and disposition that tend to a higher and better world; and he is furnished with such arms, or such a weapon, whereby he can repel and conquer this; as it is added,

And this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith, 1John 5:4.

Faith is the cause of victory, the means, the instrument, the spiritual armour and artillery by which we overcome; for,

(1.) In and by faith we cleave to Christ, in contempt of, and opposition to, the world.

(2.) Faith works in and by love to God and Christ, and so withdraws us from the love of the world.

(3.) Faith sanctifies the heart, and purifies it from those sensual lusts by which the world obtains such sway and dominion over souls.

(4.) It receives and derives strength from the object of it, the Son of God, for conquering the frowns and flatteries of the world.

(5.) It obtains by gospel promise a right to the indwelling Spirit of grace, that is greater than he who dwells in the world.

(6.) It sees an invisible world at hand, with which this world is not worthy to be compared, and into which it tells the soul in which it resides it must be continually prepared to enter.

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Sounds so extremist.
Shouldn't faith be extreme?

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