Quotes from the cutting room floor
Each week as I prepare for the sermon I have a number of quotes that I have read that were personally edifying but didn't fit into my manuscript. It is my goal each week to post some of these quotes on Friday for your encouragement.
“God knows that, as we are prone to sin, so, when conscience is thoroughly awakened, we are a prone to despair for sin; and therefore he would have us know, that he sets himself in the covenant of grace to triumph in Christ over the greatest evils and enemies we fear, and that his thoughts are not as our thoughts are. That he is God and not man (Hosea 11:9) that there are heights and depths and breadths of mercy in him above all the depths of our sin and misery (Eph 3:18) that we should never be in such a forlorn condition wherein there should be ground for despair, considering our sins be the sins of men, his mercy the mercy of an infinite God.” (Richard Sibbes, The Bruised Reed, p.39 Works of Richard Sibbes, vol 1)
“How can we turn our knowledge about God into knowledge of God? The rule for doing this is simple but demanding. It is that we turn each Truth that we learn about God into matter for meditation before God, leading to prayer and praise to God.” J.I. Packer, Knowing God