November 9, 2009

Stephen Denison (d.1649) on Christ's Willingness to Save

Secondly, if Christ be the only Saviour, then let us trust in him alone. Our Fathers trusted in him, and were not confounded, Psalm 22:5. Yea, if God's wrath be kindled but a little, blessed are all that trust in Christ, Psalm 2:12. Let us not trust in our own works; Christ is sufficiently able of himself to save them which come unto God by him, Hebrews 7:25. And he is as willing as able; he entreateth us to be reconciled to God, 2 Corinthians 5:20. Christ is like an indulgent nurse, and we are like unto froward children; the nurse would kiss us and be friends, but we hang back and resist. But let us kiss the Son lest he be angry, and we perish from the right way, Psalm 2.
Stephen Denison, An Exposition Upon the First Chapter of the Second Epistle of Peter (London: Printed by Richard Field for Robert Mylbourne, and are to be sold at the great South doore of Pauls, 1622), 17. I've made some spelling changes and updated some of the english.

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