Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Baxter: the sum of the universe

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
    Commemoration of Richard Baxter, Priest, Hymnographer, Teacher, 1691
    He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you.
    —2 Thessalonians 1:8-10 (NIV)
    As the enjoyment of God is the heaven of the saints, so the loss of God is the hell of the ungodly. And, as the enjoying of God is the enjoying of all, so the loss of God is the loss of all.
    ... Richard Baxter (1615-1691), The Saint’s Everlasting Rest, in The Practical Works of Richard Baxter, v. XXII, ed. William Orme, London: J. Duncan, 1830, p. 368 (see the book)
    See also 2 Thess. 1:8-10; Ps. 4:6; 21:6; 30:5; 63:3; Matt. 7:22-23; Phil. 1:23; 1 John 3:2
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have granted Your people knowledge of ultimate reality.
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