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(3.) We aim at God's glory when we are content to be outshined by others in gifts and esteem, so that his glory may be increased. A man that has God in his heart, and God's glory in his eye, desires that God should be exalted. If this be effected, no matter whom the instrument, he rejoices. Phil. 1:15, "Some preach Christ of envy: notwithstanding Christ is preached, and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice;" they preached Christ of envy, they envied Paul that concourse of people, and they preached that they might outshine him in gifts, and get away some of his hearers: well, says Paul, Christ is preached, and God is like to have the glory, therefore I rejoice; let my candle go out, if the Sun of Righteousness may but shine.
"The absolute essentials in experimental religion
are described in his own words as 'that thorough change of heart,
usually denominated regeneration; that distressing conviction
of our undone condition by sin, and utter inability to relieve
ourselves by virtue of that strength common to mankind in general;
that humble acceptance of Christ as our only Saviour and Lord,
by a faith of divine operation; that humbling sense of the corruption
of human nature, and eager pursuit and practice of universal holiness'.
These characteristics were certainly present in his life to a
very high degree."
These are materials written by various authors about the Puritans or other Reformed subjects. There are separate listings for the sermons and extracts in the Table of Contents and for poetry . New
About the Puritans in General
Biographies of Individual Puritans
3. We look at ourselves a special nation and our foreign policy of intervention and getting involved shows this. This is a direct result of the idea of being a "city upon a hill."
The Scarlet Letter (SparkNotes Literature Guide Series)