Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Tillotson: repentance

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
    [Jesus:] “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
    —1 Timothy 5:5-6 (NIV)
    Let no man deceive you with vain words, or with vain hopes, or with false notions of a slight and sudden repentance: as if heaven were a hospital founded on purpose to receive all sick and maimed persons, that when they can live no longer to the lusts of the flesh and the sinful pleasures of this world, can but put up a cold and formal petition to be admitted there.
    No, no, as sure as God is true, they shall never see the Kingdom of God, who, instead of seeking it in the first place, make it their last refuge and retreat.
    ... John Tillotson (1630-1694), Works of Dr. John Tillotson, v. III, London: J. F. Dove, for R. Priestley, 1820, Sermon LIV, p. 574 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 6:33; Eccl. 12:1; Hag. 1:5-6; Luke 8:14; 12:31; John 6:27; Col. 2:8; 1 Tim. 5:5-6
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, let the urgency of Your kingdom be known to all.
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