October 7, 2008

George Whitefield (1714–1770) on God Begging

Paul says, "We beseech you as ambassadors of Christ, that you would be reconciled unto God;" this is to be the grand topic of our preaching; we are to beseech them, and God himself turns beggar to his own creatures to be reconciled to him: now this reconciliation is brought about by a poor sinner's being brought to Jesus Christ; and when once he sees his enmity and hatred to God, feeling the misery of departing from him, and being conscious that he is obnoxious to eternal wrath, flies to Jesus as to a place of refuge, and expects only a reconciliation through the blood of the Lamb; without this, neither you nor I can say, God is my God: "there is no peace saith my God, to the wicked.
George Whitefield, "Sermon XXI: God, A Believer's Glory," in Memoirs of Rev. George Whitefield, ed. by John Gillies (Middletown: Published by Hunt & Noyes, 1839), 544–545.


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