Thursday, August 7, 2014
Biblical Helps for the Persecuted, Thomas Manton
The renowned Thomas Manton (1620-1677), whose writings have long been prized by thousands, was known first and foremost as a great preacher. In a day when good preaching is sorely lacking, we need the reprint of his Complete Works, in which twenty of his twenty-two volumes are sermons. These sermons are the legacy of a powerful preacher devoted to the systematic teaching and application of God's Word. Whether he is expounding the Lord's Prayer, Psalm 119, Isaiah 53, James, or Jude, Manton presents us with the best that English Puritans had to offer in careful, solid, warmhearted exposition of the Scriptures." - Dr. Joel R. Beeke
If you would like to read sermons by Manton and other Puritans which are free of cost, go http://www.ccel.org/
Have you heard about Broken Minds Hope for Healing When You Feel Llike You're Losing It?
Robyn and I have written a book Broken Minds. One of the appendices is a sermon preached by Thomas Manton. It is very encouraging. He believed in a biologicl mental illness. to http://www.amazon.com/Broken-Minds-Healing-Youre-Losing/dp/0825421187
MANTON --It giveth us confidence in the power of God. He which made us out of nothing is able to keep, preserve, and supply us when all things fail, and in the midst of all dangers. Saints are able to make use of this common relation. And therefore it is said, 1 Pet. iv. 19, that we should ‘commit our souls unto him in well-doing, as unto a faithful Creator.’ The apostle speaks of such times when they carried their lives in their hands from day to day. They did not know how soon they should be haled before tribunals and cast into prisons. Remember, you have a Creator, which made you out of nothing; and he can keep and preserve life when you have nothing. Thus this common relation is not to be forgotten, as he gives us our outward life and being: Ps. cxxiv
Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.’ As if the psalmist had said, as long as I see these glorious monuments of his power, these things framed out of nothing, shall I distrust God, whatever exigence or strait I may be reduced to? Thomas Manton Volume 1 http://www.ccel.org/ccel/manton/manton01.i_3.html
The Apostle Paul said,I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and putting both men and women into prisons, as also the high priest and all the Council of the elders can testify. From them I also received letters to the brethren, and started off for Damascus in order to bring even those who were there to Jerusalem as prisoners to be punished. "But it happened that as I was on my way, approaching Damascus about noontime, a very bright light suddenly flashed from heaven all around me, and I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?'"And I answered, 'Who are You, Lord ?' And He said to me, 'I am Jesus the Nazarene, whom you are persecuting.'Acts 22:4-8
From the above text of Scripture we see that when the ungodly persecute the true disciples of Jesus Christ, they are actually persecuting the Lord Jesus Christ, Himself. It is true that He is the resurrected exalted Christ whose deity cannot be diminished and He is also is forever the God/Man and the Head of the church. Note the text, "I am Jesus whom you are persecuting." Could they in any way lay a hand on the Ascended Christ? Could they smite him with rods as they once did? The answer is no, but to malign and crush His people is to by association persecute him.
Persecuted Christian, think about this when the devil roars like a Lion and seeks to do away with you. For news about prisoners who are suffering for the Lord Jesus Christ around the worldl, go to: http://www.persecution.com/public/homepage.aspx