There Are Some Benefits Enjoyed By The Wicked

Beautiful misty view of Pillar Rocks of Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India

“There are many things under the power of Christ besides which are the immediate objects of his purchase. Angels, devils, reprobate men, and things irrational and inanimate, are all put under the feet of the Mediator; yet not one of these can be said to have been redeemed by his blood. There are some benefits enjoyed by the wicked of the world, which, as they result from the mediatorial economy, may be said to be, indirectly at least, the fruits of Christ’s death. Such is the case with the divine forbearance, with temporal favors, and with the outward dispensation of gospel ordinances, of which the wicked partake, but which, bur for the scheme of salvation, they could never have enjoyed.”

~William Symington

Source:, Comment 3


Every Major Tenet Had Considerable Support


Jaroslav Pelikan, from his chapter on “The Tragic Necessity of the Reformation”:

Not a new “Protestant” gospel, then, but the gospel of the true church, the catholic church of all generations, is what the Reformers claimed to be espousing. Substantiation for this understanding of the gospel came principally from the Scriptures; but whenever they could, the reformers also quoted the fathers of the catholic church. There was more to quote than their Roman opponents found comfortable. Every major tenet of the Reformation had considerable support in the catholic tradition.

~Jaroslav Pelikan, The Riddle of Roman Catholicism (New York: Abingdon Press, 1959), pp. 48-49.

Source:, Comment 13

Faith and God’s Faithfulness are Relatives


Robert Traill (Stedfast Adherence to the Profession of our Faith), Works 3:70:

Faith and God’s faithfulness are relatives; they are necessarily related one to another. There were no use for divine faithfulness declared, no promise in time had been made, unless for some that should believe, John 17:20; there were no use in this world for faith, if there were not some appearance of divine faithfulness for faith to act upon. God’s faithfulness is revealed on purpose that it may be believed. Faith is given on purpose that divine faithfulness may be trusted in, and rested on, and applied. They relate one to another as necessarily as the eye and light do, and these are mighty like. If God had created creatures with eyes, and colours, or any other visible things, and no light to see by, it might be said, Wherefore gave he them eyes? The case is just so here: All the breakings forth of divine faithfulness are for faith’s sake, that it may work upon it; and all the giving of faith is for faithfulness sake, that it may act upon it.

Source:, Comment 1

No Need of the Church

Cymro on the Puritan Board:

“If Christians do not keep the Sabbath day, then there is no need of the church. Its observation is as obligatory as thou shalt not kill. God’s moral reflection as delineated in the commandments is not subject to relaxation or change. We are commanded to “remember the sabbath day” and keep it holy. To remember it before it comes,(preparation),remember it when it comes,(participation), remember it when past,(meditation), on the Monday and successive days. ”

Source:, Comment 14 (one typo corrected)

Faithfulness is a Branch of Holiness

Robert Traill (Stedfast Adherence to the Profession of our Faith), Works 3:68:

Rosa sp.181Holiness is a name of God hateful to all sinners, and very awful to believers. When the purity, the spotlessness of his holiness is seen, what sad reflections usually does it occasion? But thou art holy: But I am a worm, says the Psalmist, and no man, Ps. 22:3, and 6. When God’s holiness was proclaimed before Isaiah, Woe is me, says he, for I am undone, chap. 6:5. Can there be any encouragement for faith from God’s holiness? A great many Christians’ main fear arises from his holiness. Now I am to show you, that the name of his holiness is a great consideration for strengthening faith. Faithfulness, if I may so call it, is a piece of holiness; faithfulness is a branch of holiness, so that as God cannot do any thing that is evil, so he cannot break his word. Then he swears by his holiness; as if he would say, “Take me for no holy God, if ever I fall short of my word of promise.”


Not Permitted To Us

Helianthus annuus inflorescence


“the repentance from better to worse is a change not permitted to us; but it is a noble thing to change from untowardness to righteousness.”

Source:, Comment 2

Time is Short

Richard Sibbes (Works, Vol. 4, p. 45):

Laterndluhr 01If we do not make use of [the shortness of time] we are worse than the devil himself; he makes use of the shortness of his time. What doth he? ‘Because the time is short,’ he doth all the mischief he can, Rev. 12:12. He fills up his time to increase his kingdom; he doth all the mischief he can, for this reason; because his time is short. Let us learn somewhat of the worst of spirits. But that which it serves for in particular here, is this; we have many things to do, and the time being short, let us be sure we do the main thing that we come for, and other things as they help the main, and not hinder it. The time is short, and we have many businesses to do; let us be sure that we do our business, so as that we leave not the main undone. ​

Source:, Comment 1