Robert Traill (Stedfast Adherence to the Profession of our Faith), Works 3:68:
Holiness 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.”
“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: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/david-engelsma-should-the-church-repent-over-its-attitude-to-homosexualilty.92020/, Comment 2
Richard Sibbes (Works, Vol. 4, p. 45):
If 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: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/the-time-is-short.92019/, Comment 1
Robert Traill (Stedfast Adherence to the Profession of our Faith), Works 3:48:
All the enjoyment we have of God in this life, is enjoying of him as a promising God. Pray now which way is it that there is that intercourse, and that familiarity, that mutual dealing between God and us, that is called by those blessed names in the word: fellowship with him, enjoyment of him, finding of him? All stands in this: we approach to God by the warrant of his promise; he draws near to us according to his promise, and in the fulfilment of it. The promise is as it were Jacob’s ladder, by which God comes down to us, and we rise up to him again. The communion which believers have on earth is with God as a promising God; and the communion the glorified have with him above, is with God as a performing God; and, if I may so speak, until God has performed all he has promised, he must never lose the name of a promising God to a believer.
Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/the-enjoyment-of-god-as-a-promising-god.91973/, Comment 1
Robert Traill (Stedfast Adherence to the Profession of our Faith), Works 3:19-20:
It is greatly for the honour of Jesus Christ, that men should knit themselves visibly under his standard and banner. Our Lord Jesus Christ is no such master, that people should be ashamed to wear his livery, and give themselves to him. Again, it is greatly for the advantage of people too. You know there are two great plagues the church of Christ has been distressed by, and it will never be quite free from them; a multitude of hypocrites in a fair day, and a multitude of apostates in a foul day. When summer-weather is, hypocrites increase to a multitude; when a storm comes, they are blown away as chaff by the wind. What is likely to be the only way that can prevent the abounding of these dreadful scandals? If there were strictness in calling for the truth of people’s faith, for the making of them give a true profession of it, if they had it, truly they would be found to adhere to the Lord far more closely in a day of trial.
Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/the-advantages-of-a-visible-profession.91887/, Comment 1
Robert Traill (Stedfast Adherence to the Profession of our Faith), Works 3:42:
Would it not put another sort of edge upon our prayers, were we to eye God as a promising God? What do we do in prayer; think you, what is the business of prayer? The main thing in prayer is to put God in mind of the promise. The great work of Christians is to turn promises into prayer, and God will turn both into performance. Every believer, you know, is to ask according to God’s will. The asking according to God’s will is to ask in faith, James 1:5, 6. And not only to ask what God bids us ask, but to ask what God has commanded us to hope; and we know what to hope for, by what God has promised. If we stretch our hope beyond the promise, we are out of the way: but his promises are so large, that a believer needs not to fear but he hath room enough for his faith to work in, nay to run in.
Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/turn-promises-into-prayer.91962/, Comment 1