Heaven on this Side of Heaven

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Thomas Brooks (from the preface of Heaven on Earth):

“Assurance is not the essence of a Christian. It is required to the bene esse, to the well-being, to the comfortable and joyful being of a Christ; but it is not required to the esse, to the being of a Christian. A man may be a true believer, and yet would give all the world, were it in his power, to know that he is a believer. To have grace, and to be sure that we have grace, is glory upon the throne, it is heaven on this side heaven.”

Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/showthread.php/89391-Best-books-on-Assurance, Comment #3

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