SHEWING THAT COMMON AND SAVING GRACE DIFFER, NOT ONLY IN DEGREE, BUT IN NATURE AND KIND.
Judgments of God on Several Sorts of Offenders, In Several Scores of Instances, Among the People of New England, Observed, Collected, Related, and Improved, in 2 Sermons.
History of Some Criminals Executed in New England for Capital Crimes, from the Works of Christ in America.
Besides, therefore, these advantages and ways of knowledge, somewhat common to us men, each of other, devils have a farther and more near way of knowing the acts of the reasonable powers, the understanding and will, than we men can have; even as they have also a way of communicating their thoughts to us in a more intimate, close, secret manner, yet still such as falls short of an intuitive knowledge of them. They can go into a room further then we;
and into a room which is next the privy chamber, which yet re
mains fast locked up unto them. As their power in all other things reacheth a degree higher than ours, so in this also.
And that Satan hath this dexterity and skill thus to manage such kind of disputes with us, is further evident in the framing of heresies, wherein he assists the contrivers of them with pertinent considerations to back and confirm their notions, in their private meditations, studies, and contrivements.
THAT our own hearts should be the causes and producers of such distress and darkness, when the Holy Ghost thus deals with us, is at all no wonder; because – (1.) As we are creatures, there is such a weakness and infirmity in us, as David speaks; by reason of which, if God doth but hide himself and withdraw his presence…
What is the condition of such an one who is thus in darkness, and has no light ” Light,” says the apostle, Eph. 5: 13, ” is that whereby things are made manifest;” that is, to the sense of sight, to which light properly belongs. When therefore he says, he has no light, the meaning is, he wants the sensible testimony of God’s favor to him;
A reading from Chapter 5 of the Puritan Morning Exercises at Cripplegate. Zachary Crofton (1626–1672) was an Anglo-Irish nonconforming minister in England from the 1640s.
Is there an eternal state—such unseen, eternal joys and torments? Who, then, can sufficiently lament the blindness, madness, and folly of this distracted world, and the unreasonableness of those who have rational and eternal souls? Thomas Doolittle was converted under the preaching of Richard Baxter.
How does saving faith approve of this way; on what accounts, and unto what ends? First, It approves of it, as that which every way becomes God to find out, to grant, and propose. Evidences of the Faith of God's Elect - Part 1