The Glorious Victory of Chastity; in Joseph’s Hard Conflict, and His Happy Escape (From Potiphar’s Wife) Jenks (1646–1724), divine, eldest son of John Jenks, vicar of Eaton-under-Haywood, Shropshire. This book was mentioned in Pike and Haywards Cases of Conscience – 1755, and by George Herbert, in a letter. It was not easy to find an online copy to narrate, and finding it to read, and in reading it to put it into more modern English at the same time, but it was certainly worth it!
But, says one, I fear I have committed sins that are peculiar to reprobates. I have sinned against light, and strong convictions of conscience; I have sinned presumptuously; and have so resisted the strivings of the Spirit of God, that I am afraid I have committed such sins as none of God’s elect ever commit. I cannot think that God will ever leave one whom he intends to save, to go on and commit sins against so much light and conviction, and with such horrid presumption.—Others may say, I have had risings of heart against God; blasphemous thoughts, a spiteful and malicious spirit; and have abused mercy and the strivings of the Spirit, trampled upon the Saviour, and my sins are such as are peculiar to those who are reprobated to eternal damnation.
This volume owns its origin to a season of calamity. While the cholera was raging in the city of New York during the summer of 1849, the author was called to witness a great variety of ” death-bed scenes.” At the same time his own health was too much shaken to admit of any severe literary pursuit. Under those circumstance the work was suggested to his mind as one likely to subserve a useful purpose; and during that season most of the material for the work was collected and arranged. Since then, it has occupied the hours of respite from more imperious duties, in revision and preparation for the press. In now presenting it to the public, the author would express the hope that it may promote the great interests of true religion. Under each of these heads the most striking and instructive examples that have occurred are presented ; the whole forming the most complete array of facts ever embodied in any one work, on a subject of universal and most weighty concern.
This section hardly has an equal in Puritan writings for experimental theology, an example….”
“I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” “What a vile, wretched creature have I been!” saith the soul “I blush and am ashamed to think of my folly, baseness, and ingratitude. Is it possible that I should deal thus with the Lord? I abhor, I loathe myself; I would fly anywhere from myself, I am so vile and loathsome, —a thing to be despised of God, angels, and men.”The soul brings not only its sin but itself also to the law. It puts itself, as to merit and desert, under the stroke and severity of it. Hence ariseth a full justification of God in what sentences soever he shall be pleased to pronounce in the case before him.”
The danger of neglecting duty and resisting the Spirit. The frightening death bed scene of Louisa who wished to live a cheerful young life and put off repentance until later. The Almost Christian (1) procrastination, (2) the love of the world (3) the fear of man.
The Young Christian was one of the earliest and certainly one of the most popular of all of Abbott’s books. Abbott stated in the preface “This book is intended to explain and illustrate, in a simple manner, the principles of Christian duty… This book was “designed as a children’s guide to religion and morality”. This title made Jacob Abbott one of the popular authors in America.
The first edition was published in 1832 from www.jacobabbot.com
This section of the book, pages 107 to 120 answers objections from the poor doubting Christian who supposes he is just a self-deceived hypocrite that has no right to the comforts previously expounded. Or another objection that the comforts produce no fruit or exert their power on my heart.
From an article by Mark Herzer: Thomas Goodwin masterfully and almost exhaustively argues that Christ’s disposition, love, tenderness, etc. has not changed in heaven. If He loved while on earth, then He surely loves in heaven. Remember, Jesus beckoned us to come to Him because He is meek and lowly of heart (Mt. 11:28). We must not think that Christ is less concerned and less meek because He has been exalted and removed from us. His nature has not changed even though His estate has.