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The complete works of Thomas Manton, D.D.

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Pages: 526

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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Thomas Manton

Excerpt from book: in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.' 2. Then let us plead promises: let them not lie by us as a dead stock, but put them in suit, and put God in remembrance. When the accomplishment is delayed, it is a notable way of raising and increasing our confidence : 2 Sam. vii. 25, ' And now, O Lord, the word that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant and his house, establish it for ever, and do as thou hast said.' So ver. 28, ' And now, O Lord, thou art that God, and thy words are true, and thou hast promised this goodness unto thy servant.' So may we do with any promise of mercy and grace which God hath made with his people in his covenant. SERMON LVI. This is my comfort in my affliction : for tlty word hath quickened me.—Ver. 50. In the former verse the man of God had complained of the delay of the promise, and that his hope was so long suspended: now in this verse he showeth what was his support, and did revive him during this delay and the sore afflictions which befell him in the meantime. The promise comforted him before performance came, ' This is my comfort in my affliction, thy word hath quickened me.' 1. Observe here, the man of God had his afflictions : for we are not exempted from troubles, but comforted in troubles. God's promise, and hope therein, may occasion us much trouble and persecution in the world. Yet— 2. This very promise which occasioijeth the trouble is the ground of our support: for one great benefit which we have by the word is comfort against afflictions. 3. This comfort which we have by the word is the quickening and life of the soul. The life of our soul is first received by the word, and still maintained by the same word: James i. 18, 'Of his own will begat he us with the w...  

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