The entreating and beseeching importunity which was employed by the apostle—and which is found to be no less necessary for us—presupposes on the part of its objects, a reluctance to come into a state of reconciliation with God, which must be assailed by the force of vehement persuasion. Although we have to treat with a revolted world, a world engaged in mad conflict with Omnipotence—yet if the guilty rebels were weary of their hostilities, and in utter hopelessness of success, were prepared on the first offer of mercy to throw down their arms, and in the spirit of contrition sue for pardon—ours would be an easy mission, and we might spare ourselves the trouble of earnestness and admonition. But the very reverse is the case.
It is said of the righteous man, that he“bringeth forth his fruit in his season.” “Not so the ungodly, not so,”—they bring forth no fruit; or if there be here and there a shrivelled grape upon the vine, it is brought forth in the wrong season when the genial heat of the sun cannot ripen it, and therefore it is sear and worthless.
From the collected works of Stephen Charnock, volume 5
From Alleine’s book, Heaven Opened…
Come then, sinner ; what sayest thou ? Dost thou consent? Dost thou accept? Or, as Laban to Re- bekah, Wilt thou go with this man ? Let me espouse thee to this one Husband ; only let me first tell thee, the matter is solemn, and thoii must be serious. It is for life, it is for eternity. Consider therefore, and let thy heart, lying prostrate before the Almighty, come in and make answer to these demands, which from him, and in his great and dreadful name, I make unto thee.
From the website, International Outreach, “The proper method of seeking involves man’s doing all that is in his natural power to seek God. One of the most common expressions in Puritan writings is “use the means.” Today this expression is almost unknown in Christianity and in books on evangelism. If it were used, most people, even Reformed people, would not know what was meant by it. It is, however, an encouragement to seek God using the means which God had provided for men to come to know Him. Although it is not in man’s moral ability to find God, it is in his natural ability to do certain things which might increase the possibility of his being saved or put him in a way of salvation. The Puritans constantly urged upon men the necessity of doing all they could. ”