Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Puritans on Unity

I have been really busy today thinking and writing for our annual report at Cornerstone Bible Church. While I have been doing this, I have been giving some thought to the unity of the local body of Christ. I took some time and turned to a great little resource called, A Puritan Golden Treasury, which is a collection of Puritan quotes. I was impacted by a few of these quotes and so I thought I would share them late in the day today. Enjoy.
"Ah, were their souls fully assured that God had loved them freely, and received them graciously, and justified them perfectly, and pardoned them absolutely, and would glorify them everlastingly, they could not but love where God loves, and own where God owns, and embrace where God embraces, and be one with every one that is one with Jesus." ~ Thomas Brooks 
"There is but one God, and they that serve Him should be one. There is nothing that would render the true religion more lovely, or make more proselytes to it, than to see the professors of it tied together with the heart-strings of love." ~ Thomas Watson 
"I do verily believe that when God shall accomplish it (unity), it will be the effect of love, and not the cause of love. It will proceed from love, before it brings forth love." ~ John Owen

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