William Greenhill – Commentary on Ezekiel 16 – 1645

From the Geneva Series of Commentaries. Spurgeon said of this commentary, “We always get something out of Greenhill whenever we refer to him. He had not, of course, the critical skill of the present day, but his spiritual insight was keen. He rather commented on a passage than expounded it.” I think this commendation is not strong enough. It is one of the best Puritan commentaries for application I have read.

Ezekiel 16:1-5

Thomas Wilcox – Despairing Sinner! – From Honey Out of the Rock 1665

From Chapel Library:

Honey Out of the Rock is mentioned in 1740 by Thomas Crosby in his History of the English Baptists, where he wrote of Willcox: “He writ a small piece, which was printed before the Fire of London, entitled: A Drop of Honey from the Rock Christ, a piece that was very well esteemed, and has done much good and been oft reprinted.” It was also translated into numerous languages. Now entitled Honey Out of the Rock, it continues to encourage God’s people wherever Christ is served.

Thomas Wilcox was born in August, 1621 at Lyndon, Rutland, and probably was well educated. He was a Particular Baptist elder of a small congregation, which met at his house in London before the Plague. In those days of persecution, he was known for moderation, and preached frequently among the Presbyterians and independents. He was imprisoned in Newgate more than once, and suffered much for the sake of Nonconformity. After 1665, he pastored a Particular Baptist church, whose meeting-house was a small wooden building in Three Cranes Alley, Tooley Street in the Borough of Southwark. He labored lovingly, with pen as well as tongue, until his death onMay 17, 1687 at the age of 65, leaving a widow and three children..

Despairing Sinner – From Honey Out of the Rock

Johannes Hoornbeeck – Spiritual Desertion Chapter 2 continued – 1659

In the continuation of this chapter, Hoornbeeck examines some real life cases of despair including Francis Spira, John Glover – about 1555, Thomas Witte, and others who concluded against themselves that they were forever cast off by God. the case of John Glover is mentioned in Archibald Alexander’s Thoughts on Religious Experience, chapter 4, Melancholy.

Spiritual Desertion Chapter 2 Part 2

 

 

Samuel Davies – Lessons From the Great Earthquake – 1755

Let imagination form a lively idea of the destruction of Lisbon the ground trembling, and heaving, and roaring with subterranean thunders towers, palaces, and churches tottering and falling  the flames bursting from the ruins, and setting all in a blaze  the sea roaring, and rushing over its banks with resistless impetuosity  the inhabitants running from place to place in wild consternation, in search of safety; or falling on their knees, and rending the air with their wild shrieks and cries  flying to the strongest buildings for shelter but crushed in their ruins; or to the sea, and there swept away by the rushing waves. Walls falling upon thousands in their flight; or the earth opening her jaws, and swallowing them up. Can human imagination represent anything more shocking? In other calamities, whatever else we lose, we have still the earth to support us: but when that is gone, we are helpless indeed, and must sink into immediate destruction!

Lessons From the Great Earthquake

Jonathan Edwards – While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept

Your amazement that you will have then, will be but the beginning of your amazement. Often wicked persons are in great amazement on their deathbeds. But this is but a beginning, and light in comparison. Sometimes they have such fear on a deathbed, as makes them tremble and groan and cry out; they go from this world groaning and crying to {God for mercy.  But this is but a light thing, in comparison of what will be at the day of judgment.

Parable of the Ten Virgins Matt. 25:5

Virgins Sleeping While the Bridegroom Tarries

John Owen – Mistakes Saints Make in Striving After Gospel Holiness

Unacquaintedness with the true nature of evangelical repentance is another cause {why saints lack in gospel holiness}. This is that grace which comfortably carrieth the souls of believers through all their failings, infirmities, and sins; nor are they able to live to God one day without the constant exercise of it. They find it as necessary unto the continuance of spiritual life as faith itself. It is not only a means of our entrance into, but it belongs essentially unto, our gospel state and our continuance therein. Hereunto belongs that continual humble self-abasement, from a sense of the majesty and holiness of God, with the disproportion of the best of our duties unto his will, which believers live and walk in continually; and he that is not sensible of a gracious sweetness and usefulness therein knows not what it is to walk with God. Hereby doth God administer several encouragements unto our souls to abide in our way of obedience, notwithstanding the many discouragements and despondencies we meet withal. In brief, take it away, and you overthrow faith, and hope, and all other graces. Those, therefore, who are unacquainted with the nature and use of this grace and duty, who can taste no spiritual refreshment in all its sorrows, who know nothing of it but legal troubles, anguish, fear, and distraction, will not endure the thought of living in the practice of it all their days; which yet is as necessary unto gospel holiness as faith itself. Men, I say, falling into this condition, finding all these difficulties to conflict withal, and lying under these disadvantages, if any thing will offer itself in the room of this costly holiness, will readily embrace it.

Reason for Apostasy from Gospel Holiness