April 9, 2008

Daniel de Superville (1657–1728) on Christ's Offers

Come and acknowledge, while meditating on the Lord's death, the importance of salvation, and the immense price it has cost. Come and learn to estimate it as much as your Redeemer did. Come and condemn your unhappy conduct, and renounce it for ever. You have neglected the salvation offered by Jesus Christ; he returns to offer it again. What mercy! that after we have shewn such obstinacy and contempt, our Saviour should again make advances with a determination to overcome us! Would it be possible for us still to dispute with him, whether his goodness, or our rebellion and ingratitude, should prevail? Would it be possible, that he should not conquer us to day, that we should continue to despise his salvation? Let us not perish through our own fault; let not heaven, and earth, and angels, and men, be witnesses against us, that again, to-day, God was willing to save us and we refused his offers. After that, how could we escape? Who knows but many of us would meet with punishment without remedy?
Daniel De Superville, Sermons, trans. John Allen (London: Printed for Burton and Briggs, 1816), 76.


(HT: Wes White's Google Books Collection)
Superville, Daniel De, a Protestant theologian, was born at Saumur, in August, 1657, of a respectable Dutch family, and, being early designated for the sacred ministry, studied theology at Saumur and Geneva, and in 1683 was called to take charge of the Church of Loudun. On the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes, he took refuge in Rotterdam, whence he could not be drawn by offers from Berlin, Loudun, and Hamburg. In 1691 the authorities of the city created for him an express pastorate, which he occupied till his death, June 9, 1728. He was of a sweet disposition, a lively imagination, and a happy delivery. He published several sermons and devotional works, which are enumerated in Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Générale, s.v.
John McClintock and James Strong, Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1981), 10:34.

1 comment:

Martin said...

"Come and learn to estimate it (the immense price of salvation) as much as your Redeemer did"
Now there is good advice! In one succint sentence he describes what should be our life's work. There is the cure for worldliness, for depression and for a lukewarm heart. And therein is the only right motivation for a life lived for the glory of God!