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


Not Permitted To Us

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“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

Communion With A Promising God

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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:, Comment 1

It Is The Promising God That Threatens


Robert Traill (Stedfast Adherence to the Profession of our Faith), Works 3:54-55:

God reveals himself sometimes to us as a threatening God. Threatenings and promises seem to be very cross to one another. It is the promising God that does threaten, and the Lord knows very well how to make his promises and his threatenings agree together, if we were wise to make them agree together in our faith. If his children forsake my law, etc., I will visit their transgressions with the rod, and their iniquities with stripes. Nevertheless, my loving-kindness will I not utterly take from him, etc., Ps. 89:30-34. It were well for us, if we were as able to believe the standing of promises, and the love in his heart, notwithstanding the threatenings and the strokes of his hand.

Source:, Comment 1

A Very Foolish Man, And Very Wretched

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“He seems to me a very foolish man and very wretched, who will not increase his understanding while he is in the World — and [who would not] ever wish and long to reach that endless life where all shall be made clear.”

~King Alfred the Great, Blostman, qtd. in “King Alfred the Great and Our Common Law” by Rev. Prof. Dr. F.N. Lee, Department of Church History, Queensland Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Brisbane, Australia, August 2000, pages 4-5

The Glass of God’s Holy Law

Robert Traill (The Lord’s Prayer, John 17:24), Works 2:245:

MirrorThe law makes a representation of believers that they must not receive, but set Christ’s representation against it. Whoever seeth his own face in the glass of God’s holy law, seeth a hateful spotted face: For by the law is the knowledge of sin, Rom. 3:20. Now, if a believer think, that just as he seeth himself in this clear glass, so doth he appear in the presence of God, that were dreadful indeed. But there is another representation that Christ makes of them unto God, that the law knows not of. The more a man knows of the law, the more he knows of his own sin and danger. And this sad condition remains till he look beyond and above the law unto the righteousness of Christ, who hath satisfied and fulfilled the law by himself, and makes this over to a believer, and represents him to God, as clothed with it.