A commentary on the seed that fell into Thorny Ground, Fairfield Conn.
The rich man and Lazarus
Reading from Thomas Goodwin’s works volume 10, Man’s Guiltiness Before God.
The highest degree to which a temporary believer can possibly attain, described by the apostle Paul, Heb. 6, which yet falls short of that saving work, wrought in a sincere believer, there spoken of by him. Apostacy and the Temporary Believer
Ministers are set as guides and teachers, and are represented in Scripture as lights set up in the churches, and in the present state meet their people, from time to time, in order to instruct and enlighten them, to correct their mistakes, and to be a voice behind them, when they turn aside to the right hand or the left, saying, “This is the way, walk ye in it;” to evince and confirm the truth by exhibiting the proper evidences of it.
There was a time, if “time” is could be called, when God, in the unity of His nature (though subsisting equally in three Divine Persons), dwelt all alone. “In the beginning, God.” There was no heaven, where His glory is now particularly manifested.
The word innate, together with the words which Johnson uses to explain it, are applied as freely to the qualities of the mind, as to any thing which pertains to the body. Thus writers speak of innate integrity, innate eloquence, inborn passions, inborn worth, inbred affection.
Now the general current of human actions is such in regard to the divine law, as to afford conclusive and overwhelming evidence of man’s moral corruption. If we turn our thoughts to the history of human conduct in the antediluvian world, and since, we shall see that man has been a sinner. If we survey the conduct of man at the present day, in every situation and at every period of life, we still find evidence of the fact that man is a sinner.
The premium of three hundred dollars which was awarded to the writer of the Following Essay, was offered by Mr. John Dunlop of Edinburgh, Scot- land* The Judges appointed were, the Reverend Jeremiah Day, D. D. L. L. D. President of Yale Colleqe, the Reverend Edward D. Griffin, D. D* President of Williams Col- lege, and the Reverend Heman Humphrey, D. D. President of Amherst College. The publication of the Essay was delayed some time, for the purpose of receiving the directions of Mr. Dunlop.