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Quotes by John Trapp

1

A ship may be overladen with silver, even unto sinking, and yet space enough be left to hold ten times more. So a covetous man, though he have enough to sink him, yet never hath he enough to satisfy him…a circle cannot fill a triangle, so neither can the whole world the heart of man; a man may as easily fill a chest with grace, as the heart with gold.

2

There is, indeed, mention made of a mercy-seat in the temple, but there was never heard of any school of merit but in the chapel of Antichrist.

3

They are fools that fear to lose their wealth by giving, but fear not to lose themselves by keeping it.

4

Reading maketh a full man, prayer a holy man, temptation an experienced man.

5

God puts away many in anger for their supposed goodness, but not any at all for their confessed badness.

6

The friends of free-will are the enemies of free-grace.

7

It is the nature of faith to believe God upon His bare word… It will not be, saith sense; it cannot be, saith reason; it both can and will be, saith faith, for I have a promise for it. 

8

Means must be neither trusted nor neglected.

9

Conscience is God’s spy and man’s overseer.

10

To an effectual prayer there must concur the intention of the mind and the affections of the heart; else it is not praying but parroting.

11

God was but six days in making the whole world, yet seven days in destroying one city.

12

A man may go to hell with baptismal water upon his face.

13

God never denied that soul anything that went as far as heaven to ask it.

14

It is in mercy and in measure that God chastiseth His children.

15

Truth must be spoken however it be taken.

16

Pleasure, profit, preferment are the worldling’s trinity.

17

Be careful what books you read, for as water tastes of the soil it runs though, so does the soul taste of the authors that a man reads.

18

One son God hath without sin, but none without sorrow.

19

It is a greater work of God to bring men to grace, than being in the state of grace, to bring them to glory; because sin is far more distant from grace than grace is from glory.

20

An unbeliever shall have a double condemnation; one from the law which he hath transgressed, and another from the gospel, which he hath despised: as a malefactor, that being condemned and dead in law, rejecteth his prince’s pardon.  But it is otherwise with these that are in Christ Jesus.  The law cannot condemn them, because they have appealed; the gospel cannot because they have believed.

21

He that will be angry, and not sin, must not be angry but for sin.

22

In our sufferings for Christ there is joy, not so when we suffer for our sins.