Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Tillotson: the Scriptures

Tuesday, July 5, 2016
    Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures...
    —1 Corinthians 15:1-4 (ESV)
    When we say that the Scriptures are plain to all capacities, in all things necessary, we mean that any man of ordinary capacity, by his own diligence and care, in conjunction with the helps and advantages which God hath appointed, and in the due use of them, may attain to the knowledge of everything necessary to his salvation; and that there is no book in the world more plain, and better fitted to teach a man any art or science than the Bible is, to direct and instruct men in the way to heaven.
    ... John Tillotson (1630-1694), Works of Dr. John Tillotson, v. V, London: J. F. Dove, for R. Priestley, 1820, Sermon LXXXVII, p. 41 (see the book)
    See also John 7:17; Rom. 1:16; 1 Cor. 1:18; 15:1-4; Eph. 2:8-9
Quiet time reflection:
    Thank You, Lord, for preserving Your word for me.
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