Richard Baxter

Quotes of Author: Richard-baxter

101.
Men would sooner believe that the gospel is from heaven, if they saw more such effects of it upon the hearts and lives of those who profess it. The world is better able to read the nature of religion in a man’s life than in the Bible.

Men would sooner believe that the gospel is from heaven, if they saw more such effects of it upon the hearts and lives of those who profess it. The world is better able to read the nature of religion in a man’s life than in the Bible.

Reference:   The Reformed Pastor, Chapter 2, Section 1.


102.
You shall find this to be God’s usual course; not to give His children the taste of His delights till they begin to perspire in seeking after them.

You shall find this to be God’s usual course; not to give His children the taste of His delights till they begin to perspire in seeking after them.


103.
If, by this means of biblical meditation, thou dost not find an increase of all thy graces, and dost not grow beyond the stature of common Christians, and art not made more serviceable in thy place, and more precious in the eyes of all discerning persons; if thy soul enjoy not more communion with God, and thy life be not fuller of comfort, and hast it not readier by thee at a dying hour: then cast away these directions, and exclaim against me forever as a deceiver.

If, by this means of biblical meditation, thou dost not find an increase of all thy graces, and dost not grow beyond the stature of common Christians, and art not made more serviceable in thy place, and more precious in the eyes of all discerning persons; if thy soul enjoy not more communion with God, and thy life be not fuller of comfort, and hast it not readier by thee at a dying hour: then cast away these directions, and exclaim against me forever as a deceiver.

Reference:   The Practical Works of Richard Baxter: Select Treatises, Baker Book House, 1981, p. 90.


104.
Use sin as it will use you; spare it not, for it will not spare you; it is your murderer, and the murderer of the world: use it, therefore as a murderer should be used.  Kill it before it kills you; and though it bring you to the grave, as it did your Head, it shall not be able to keep you there.

Use sin as it will use you; spare it not, for it will not spare you; it is your murderer, and the murderer of the world: use it, therefore as a murderer should be used.  Kill it before it kills you; and though it bring you to the grave, as it did your Head, it shall not be able to keep you there.


105.
Sin dwells in hell, and holiness in heaven. Remember that every temptation is from the devil, to make you like himself. Remember when you sin, that you are learning and imitating of the devil – and are so far like him. And the end of all, is that you may feel his pains. If hell-fire be not good, then sin is not good.

Sin dwells in hell, and holiness in heaven. Remember that every temptation is from the devil, to make you like himself. Remember when you sin, that you are learning and imitating of the devil – and are so far like him. And the end of all, is that you may feel his pains. If hell-fire be not good, then sin is not good.

Reference:   The Reformed Pastor.


106.
Church greatness consists in being greatly serviceable.

Church greatness consists in being greatly serviceable.