October 15, 2014

Jeremiah Whitaker (1599-1654) on Christ's Infinite Love to Men and His Desire After the Nations

"3. He is the desire of all Nations because his desire is after the Nations, though he needs them not, though thousands of Angel[s] stand before him, & thousand times ten thousands daily Minister unto him, though he lies in the bosom of his Father from all eternity, as one brought up with him and was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him; yet such infinite love did he bear to men in whom there was nothing lovely, that he saith of himself, my rejoicing is in the habitable part of the earth, and my delights are with the Sons of men."
Jeremiah Whitaker, Eirenopoios, Christ the Settlement of Unsettled Times (London: Printed for John Rothwell, and are to be sold at his shop in Pauls Church-yard, at the Signe of the Sunne, 1642), 52-53. His son was William Whitaker (1629-1672). Jeremiah's last name is spelled as "Whittaker" on EEBO.
"...all the commands of God aim at no other end, tend to no other purpose, but that you may lay hold of eternal life..." 
Jeremiah Whitaker, The Christian's Great Design on Earth (London: Printed by G. Miller for John Bellamie at the Sign of the three golden Lions in Cornhill near the royal-Exchange, 1645), 33.


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