May 3, 2008
“So the heavenly glory is not obtained by the works of men, though they naturally think they must do some good thing to inherit eternal life; nor is it to be purchased, if a man would give all the substance of his house for it it would utterly be condemened: it is bequeathed to saints by their heavenly Father, whose good pleasure is to give them the kingdom; and this he gives by will, by testament, and which comes to them, upon, and through the death of the testator Jesus Christ.”
“The Glorious State of the Saints in Heaven” – A Sermon Preached to the Society which Support the Wednesday’s Evening Lecture in Cannon-Street, London – December 31, 1755.
November 26, 2006
Many blogs have some kind of weekly tradition. Most of the time on Friday’s there will be a particular theme to their posts. In the case of this blog, I have decided to institute a Lord’s Day tradition. From now on (Lord willing) we will be “Listening to the Past” in that we will be looking at “Lessons from Andrew Fuller.” Fuller (1754-1815) was one of the premier Baptist pastors and theologians of the 18th century. As I will be studying him in depth for my Ph.D. work I thought, where better to share some of his thoughts then on this blog. Therefore, each Sunday I will bring to you a portion of Fuller’s writings with the hope that it would be meaningful challenge to you.
“The Christian’s Preparation for Future Glory” (The Complete Works of Andrew Fuller, I:397)
The verse under study is 1 Peter 1:13, “Therefore, preparing your minds for action,and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (ESV). “Fuller concludes this sermon by writing,
“Brethren, put these three or four thoughts together,–a resurrection from the dead–a union with Christ and all holy intelligences–an acquittal at the bar of God–an acquittal at the judgment-seat of Christ, and an abundant entrance into God’s everlasting kingdom. Is not this enough to make an object of hope? Put all these together. Is not this enough to stimulate us to gird up the loins of our minds? Do not let us faint under a few present difficulties and burdens. Gird up the loins of your minds–be sober in the present state–hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Oh, our enjoyment of God there will obliterate the remembrance of all our former sorrows. Yes, a moment’s communion with God there will annihilate the miser of ten thousand years. Be not therefore distressed under present difficulties, but gird up–press forward–hope a little longer, and God will put you in possession of that blessed immortality.”