Burgess – 1600-1663
From his bio… 1604-1664 – With respect to Mr. Ambrose,it is well known that he lived and died a Nonconformist ; but of the particular circumstances which led to the steps in which his character became decided, we have no account. We are, however, in possession of facts that are of much more importance ; namely, that he was a man of substantial worth, of eminent piety, and that, for his exemplary life, he was highly respected both as a private Christian, and an approved minister of God.
Though we cannot be always thinking of God, we may be always employed in his service. There must be intervals of our communion with him, but there must be no intermission of our attachment to him. The tender father who labors for his children does not always employ his thoughts about them: he cannot be always conversing with them or concerning them, yet he is always engaged in promoting their interests.
A Commentary on the Westminster Larger Catechism Question 80 on Assurance.
A commentary on Question 80 of the Westminster Larger Catechism. Can true believers be infallibly assured that they are in the estate of grace, and that they shall persevere therein unto salvation? Ridgeley – English Puritan (1667 — March 27, 1734)
A section from the authors Discourses and Sayings of the Lord Jesus Christ – why we must continue to abide in Christ. John Brown (1784-1858)
An examination of the motives of the unregenerate who are said to be “seeking Christ.” From the Freedom of the Will
Narrated hymns of Joseph Hart, and John Berridge.
So you may hence learn the worthlessness of all your pains and endeavors after Christ. When sinners have taken a great deal of pains to get an interest in Christ, they are wont to make a righteousness of it; little considering that at the very time they are taking so much pains, they set nothing at all by Christ for any glory or excellency there is in him; but set him wholly at nought, and seek him out of respect to their own interest. Fourth, hence learn how justly God might forever refuse to give you an interest in Christ. For why should God give you any part or interest in him whom you set at nought, all whose glory and excellency you value not in the least, but rather trample it under your feet. Why should God give you any interest in him whom you so despise? Seeing you despise him, how justly might you be obliged to go without any interest in him! How justly might you be refused any part in that precious stone, whose preciousness you esteem no more than that of the stones of the street! Is God obliged to cast such a pearl before swine who will trample it under their feet? Is God obliged to make you possessors of his infinitely glorious and dear Son, when at the same time you count him not worth the having, for the sake of any worth or excellency that there is in him; but merely because you cannot escape hell without him?
Who almost makes a diligent search into and trial of his heart and ways with respect unto the procuring causes of the displeasure and judgments of God? Generally, when the tokens and evidences of them do most abound, the world is full of outrageous, provoking sins. These visibly proclaim themselves to be the causes of the “coming of the wrath of God on the children of disobedience.” Hence most men are apt to cast the whole reason of present judgments upon them, and to put it wholly from themselves Hence, commonly, there is never less of self-examination than
when it is called for in a peculiar manner.