Thursday, January 14, 2021

Tillotson: assurance vs. speculation

Thursday, January 14, 2021
    Commemoration of Richard Meux Benson, Founder of the Society of St John the Evangelist, 1915
    If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
    —Matthew 7:11 (NIV)
    Every man hath greater assurance that God is good and just, than he can have of any subtle speculations about predestination and the decrees of God.
    ... John Tillotson (1630-1694), Works of Dr. John Tillotson, v. VI, London: J. F. Dove, for R. Priestley, 1820, Sermon CXXX, p. 311 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 7:11; Gen. 18:23; Matt. 5:48; Luke 24:38; Gal. 1:8; 1 John 4:8
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You know our doubts, for You feed us afresh with Your word.
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