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Puritan Devotional 3

One of the greatest mysteries in religion

(J. C. Ryle <http://www.gracegems.org/Ryle/books.htm>, “The Gospel of John” 1873)

The extent to which one man may have true
saving grace, together with much ignorance;
and another may have much head knowledge
and yet no true saving grace; is one of the
greatest mysteries in religion, and one
which the last day alone will unfold.

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Puritan Devotional 2

Flowers from a Puritan’s Garden
by Charles Spurgeon, 1883
These short-lived troubles!

“All the difficulties of the present life are but like one rainy day — compared to an everlasting sunshine!”

How readily, then, should we bear these short-lived troubles! They are but for a moment, just a passing shower — and then the sun will shine out forever!

Time is nothing, when compared with eternity.

To a believer, this sorrowful life is like one drop of grief, lost in a sea of glory — or one speck of rain, in a year of fair weather. These light and momentary afflictions are not worthy to be compared with the eternal bliss which awaits us!

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory!” 2Co 4:16-17

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The test of the tree

“Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire! Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.” Mat 7:19-20

The fruit is now, as it shall be hereafter, the test of the tree. There is no such thing as faith without works. Without godly works, your profession is a lie, your faith is dead, your hope is a delusion.

The works by which we recommend religion and adorn the doctrine of God our Savior,
the works which spring from love to Christ and aim at the glory of God,
the works by which a holy man blesses society and leaves the world better than he found it
— are the gracious and graceful ornaments of the blood-bought Church. They are the “gold of Ophir,” “the beautiful garments” in which His bride appareled as a queen, stands at her Lord’s right hand — a lovely form, in a blaze of beauty and of jewels!
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