John Brown – Esau Denied Repentance, Though He Sought It With Tears – 1862

From John Brown’s Commentary on Hebrews ”
17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.”

Though the perseverance of the saints is certain, let us never forget that it is the perseverance of saints that is thus certain. Many who seem to others to be saints, who seem to themselves to be saints, do ” fall away.” And let us recollect that the perseverance of the saints referred to is their perseverance not only in a safe state but in a holy course of disposition and conduct ; and no saint behaving like a sinner can legitimately enjoy the comfort which the doctrine of perseverance is fitted and intended to communicate to every saint, acting like a saint, ” in a patient continuance in well-doing, seek for glory, honor, and immortality.”