God’s Work Is Irresistible

“God is a free agent, and though he has tied us to means, yet himself is tied to none. He has promised to create deliverance for his people…When the Lord created the world, he made it out of no pre-existing matter; so though we see no means how he should deliver his people, yet he being almighty, can without means, by weak means, yea, by contrary means, deliver them. He can do it instantly; when the hearts of his people are prepared for reformation and deliverance, the work shall be done suddenly.  It shall be done irresistibly.  The work of reformation it is the Lord’s and it shall propser in despite of all its enemies.  It is of God and it shall stand.”  –George Swinnock, “Works of” Vol. 4, p. 275

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Regeneration — the Hope of Fallen Man

“Because that which is born of the flesh is flesh, and only that which is born of the Spirit is spirit, therefore regeneration, called also a resurrection, a translation, a passing from death unto life, a new creation…is the only hope of fallen man. …How else can the love of sin be cured? How else can the love of God be shed abroad within us?”  –William S. Plumer “Psalms” p. 563

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Plank of Free Grace

“Dr. McLaren of Scotland dying said: ‘I am gathering together all my sermons and all my prayers, all my good deeds and all my evil deeds, and am throwing them overboard, determined to swim to glory on the plank of free grace.’ Let us never hold a doubtful doctrine on this vital point.” –William S. Plumer “Psalms” p. 395

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True Contentment

“True contentment requires a divine principle within, and a divine assistance from above.  …The understanding is enlightened so fancy and imaginations do not carry it away. Thus the heart is more quiet. Agitations of the mind are founded in the power of fancy. Fancy perceives things wrong, which causes us to fret. Grace sets up sound judgment of things. An enlightened mind promotes a submissive heart.”  –Thomas Jacombe from “Voices from the Past”  Volume 2, p. 284, edited by Richard Rushing (Banner of Truth)  

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When the Body Fails, the Soul Will Flourish

“When thy body fails, thy soul will flourish. Death will ease you of those most troublesome guests, which make your life now so burdensome…sin and sorrow…  Oh when the storm of death beats upon your body, with what joy may you set those casements of your soul, faith and hope, wide open, knowing that your dearest Redeemer, who went to prepare a place for you, will then come and fetch you to himself, that where he is, there you may be also, and that for ever.”  –George Swinnock “Works of GS” Vol 4 p. 50-51

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The Portal to Paradise

“Death is a departure, the jail delivery of a long prisoner, the sleep of thy body, and a wakening of thy soul, the way to bliss, the gate of life, the portal to paradise. …Death is the workman sent by the Father to pull down this earthly house of mortality and clay, that it may be set up anew, infinietely more lasting, beautiful, and glorious. …It is the untying of the knot betwixt body and soul.  It is true they part, but, as friends going two several ways, shake hands till they return from their journey; they are as sure of meeting again as of parting; for thy soul shall return laden with the wealth of heaven, and fetch his old companion to the participation of all his joy and happiness.”  –George Swinnock “Works of GS” Vol. 4 p. 49-50

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Day of Jubilee

“The death’s-day of thy believing relation is his day of jubilee, in which he is restored to the possession of his eternal and inestimable portion. … It sends the weary to their sweet and eternal rest.  … A wife may rejoice when her husband is called from her by his prince, to live at court in the greatest honours and pleasures, especially when she is promised within a few days to be sent for to him, and to share with him in those joys and delights for ever.”  –George Swinnock “Works of GS” Vol 4 p. 47-48

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