August 3, 2007

Thomas Manton (1620–1677) on James 1:5 and God's Proposals of Grace

"The proposals of God's grace are very general and universal. it is a great encouragement that in the offer none are excluded. Why should we, then, exclude ourselves? Matt. 11:28, 'Come unto me, all ye that are weary and heavy laden.' Mark, poor soul, Jesus Christ maketh no exceptions. He did not except thee that hast a heavy load and burden of guilt upon thy back: 'Come, all ye.' So here; the lack is general, 'If any;' and the supply is general, 'He giveth to all men.' God never told thee that this was never intended to thee, and that thy name was left out of the Lamb's book. And it is a base jealousy to mistrust God without a cause."
Thomas Manton, The Epistle of James (Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1988), 42.

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