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Are we only concerned with the things of this life?

Reader, are you one of the many who scarcely ever think of these thing; and whose chief concern is, what you shall eat, what you shall drink, and wherewithal you shall be clothed? ……………….

If you were made only to eat and drink, and enjoy life, for a few years, and then to sink into nothing, you might well throw aside every care, except that which respects your present gratification. But you are of an order of beings distinguished from all others in the creation. In your nature are united mortality and immortality; the dust of the ground, and the breath of the Almighty. Life to you is but the introduction to existence, a short voyage which will land you on the shores of eternity. You are surrounded by a number of objects, and feel an interest in each. You build houses, plant orchards, rear animals, and form to yourself a home; but you are not at home. Your feelings associate with these things, but they, are not fit associates for you. You may have a portion in all that is doing in your family, and in your country, yea, and in some sort, all that is done under the Sun; but this is not sufficient for you. The time draweth nigh, when there will be an end to all these things, and they will be as though they had not been; but you will still live. You will witness the wreck of nature itself, and survive it; and stand before the Son of man at his appearing and kingdom. Can you think of these things and be unconcerned?

Rev. Andrew Fuller–The Great Question Answered

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Fear and Trembling

Serve the Lord with fear, and exult with trembling” (Psa2:11). Let somebody bring this into harmony for me: exult and fear! My son Hans can do it in relation to me, but I can’t do it in relation to God. When I’m writing or doing something else, my Hans sings a little tune for me. If he becomes too noisy and I rebuke him a little for it, he continues to sing but does it more privately and with a certain awe and uneasiness. This is what God wishes: that we be always cheerful, but with reverence.

Luther’s Tabletalk (from No. 148)

 

Concerning Disarming Death

Death is half disarmed when the pleasures and interests of the flesh are first denied.

Richard Baxter

 

Concerning the Fourth Commandment

M. Let us now see how far this command has reference to us.

S. In regard to the ceremony [the resting one day in seven], I hold that it was abolished, as the reality existed in Christ.

M. How?

S. Because, by virtue of his death, our old man is crucified, and we are raised up to newness of life.

M. What of the commandment then remains for us?

S. Not to neglect the holy ordinances which contribute to the spiritual polity of the Church; especially to frequent sacred assemblies, to hear the word of God, to celebrate the sacraments, and engage in the regular prayers, as enjoined.

M. But does the figure give us nothing more?

S. Yes, indeed. We must give heed to the thing meant by it; namely, that being engrafted into the body of Christ, and made his members, we cease from our own works, and so resign ourselves to the government of God.

Calvin’s Catechism for the Church atGeneva. – on the Fourth Commandment

Hope in Heaven, Should Master Fear of Death

Let thy hope of heaven master thy fear of death. Why shouldst thou be afraid to die, who hopest to live by dying!

 

William Gurnall

 

Concerning Trust in Natural Things More than the Things of God

If a man that is desperately sick today did believe he should arise sound the next morning; or a man today, in despicable poverty, had assurance that he should tomorrow arise a prince: would they be afraid to go to bed….?

Richard Baxter

We Ought to Love Our Neighbors

One ought to love one’s neighbour with a love as chaste as that of a bridegroom for his bride. In this case all faults are concealed and covered over and only the virtues are seen.

Luther’s Tabletalk No. 217