“we can draw no argument of love or hatred from outward things. Many ungodly men may prosper in this world; they cannot say therefore that God loves them. Prisoners have an allowance till the time of their execution, so have carnal men; God in the bounty of his providence gives them a great many comforts and mercies in the present life.”
Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/showthread.php/88910-Common-grace-due-to-love-%28not-merely-God-giving-reprobates-more-sticks-for-burning%29, Comment #4
Hugh Binning, Works, p. 25:
All “the promises of God are yea and amen in Jesus Christ;” that is, established and confirmed in him. Christ is the surety of them; and so the certainty and stability of them depend upon him, at least to our sense: for God in all his dealing condescends to our weakness, that we may have strong consolation. A promise might suffice to ground our faith, but he addeth an oath to his promise, and he takes Christ surety for the performance; and therefore Christ may be called the truth indeed, – the substantial word of God, – for he is the very substance of the written and preached word. And then he is the certainty and assurance of it; the Scriptures testify of him, and lead us to this “rock higher than we,” to build upon; and against this “the gates of hell cannot prevail.”
Image: The Gates of Hell in Philadelphia (Rodin)
“So numerous are the dangers which surround us, that we could not stand a single moment, if his eye did not watch over our preservation. But the true security for a happy life lies in being persuaded that we are under divine government.”
Thomas Boston, Works, 6:409:
If we were more in the duty of mourning, we would share more of the gospel-comforts; Matt. 5:4, “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” And the more of the Spirit one has, the more will he be taken up that way.
Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/f25/more-mourning-more-comforts-85231/, Comment #1
Thomas Boston, Works, 6:375:
Whatever sweet clusters of sense the Lord may allow any of his people for their refreshment by the way, the life of sense is certainly reserved for heaven, where all weakness is put off. The life of Christians here is a life of believing, hoping, patient waiting, in a course of doing, suffering, struggling, and wrestling, where Christ’s power is illustrated in their weakness.
Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/f25/christ-s-power-illustrated-their-weakness-85139/, Comment #1
Thomas Boston, Works, 6:347:
Be not hasty, but resolve to wait in expectation, setting no time to the Lord’s comforting you; Isa. 28:16, “He that believeth shall not make haste.” Micah. 7:9, “I will bear the indignation of the Lord, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness.” If all thy life long should pass uncomforted, peace and comfort in the end is well worth waiting on.
Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/f25/peace-comfort-worth-waiting-85112/, Comment #1