October 14th, 2020

the Works of the 17th century English Puritan Anthony Burgess

the Works of the 17th century English Puritan Anthony Burgess

'Christ's Prayer Before His Passion-Expository Sermons on John 17' Two Volumes by Anthony Burgess (over a thousand pages)

'Spiritual refining: or A treatise of grace and assurance Wherein are handled, the doctrine of assurance. The use of signs in self-examination. How true graces may be distinguished from counterfeit. Several true signs of grace, and many false ones. The nature of grace under divers Scripture notions or titles, as regeneration, the new-creature, the heart of flesh, vocation, sanctification, &c. Many chief questions (occasionally) controverted between the orthodox and the Arminians. As also many cases of conscience. Tending to comfort and confirm saints. Undeceive and convert sinners. Being CXX sermons preached and now published' by Anthony Burgess sometime fellow of Emanuel Colledge in Cambridge, and now pastor of the church of Sutton-Coldfield in Warwickshire.
Burgess, Anthony, d. 1664. (over a thousand pages)

'Vindicia Legis: A Vindication of the Moral Law and the Covenants' by Anthony Burgess [Westminster Assembly Facsimile Series]

'Meet the Puritans With A Guide To Modern Reprints' by Joel R. Beeke & Randall J. Pederson

'A Puritan Theology: Doctrine For Life' by Joel R. Beeke & Mark Jones (see Chapter 24 'Anthony Burgess on Christ's Intercession for Us')

'Joshua, Judges, Ruth' Old Testament IV [Reformation Commentary On Scripture] Edited By N. Scott Amos

"[18] For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.
[19] For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.
[20] And inasmuch as not without an oath he was made priest:
[21] (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:)
[22] By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.
[23] And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:
[24] But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.
[25] Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
[26] For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;
[27] Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.
[28] For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore." Hebrews 7:18-28
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prayer is heavenly commerce with God

It is 3:50 PM Wednesday afternoon here in West Michigan. It has been a cold gray dismal day. It already feels like the end of Autumn and the beginning of Winter.

I got up this morning around 6:30 AM. I got up and got myself a glass of apple cider and sat in our living room across from Carol seeking to wake up. Carol mentioned to me she wanted oatmeal for breakfast. I had not made oatmeal since last Winter, so I made for us for breakfast a pot of oatmeal. After breakfast I wrote in my paper diary and Carol left for a Woman's Bible Study at Covenant PCA. While Carol was gone I read and wrote in my paper diary. I also left around 10 o'clock AM to get my hair cut and when I got home I trimmed my beard.

I mainly read this morning and into the afternoon hours Volume 1 of a two volume set titled, 'Christ's Prayer Before His Passion-Expository Sermons on John 17' by Anthony Burgess. Thus far has gone by my day. Do not know what I will get into book wise the rest of this cold gray day.

Last night I read late into the night Volume 1 of Anthony Burgess work 'Spiritual Refining Or A Treatise of Grace and Assurance'.

Yesterday late afternoon UPS delivered a book I had pre-ordered titled, 'Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk' Selected Stories Of Nikolai Leskov Translated by Donald Rayfield.

I will close to drift. Tomorrow we enter the middle of the month.
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A New Creature

"Therefore there is a second way of the souls tendency to God, and that is, As he is revealed in his Word, and made known in Christ, being drawn unto him by his * Spirit, and so lifted up above all his naturall abilities, and this is the expression of of a new Creature; So that what Luther prayed for Melancthon, Rapiat te De∣us, ex humanis in divina, è tuis in sua, is to be powred out in the behalf of every na∣turall man. If you see a Paul crucified to the world, having his Conversation in heaven, knowing how to abound, and how to want, inabled to doe all things, through Christ that strengthens him; that his former sinnes he once lived in, doe not still stick close to him, and damn him; you may as much wonder as they did, when they saw the Viper upon his hand did not kill him; and when they said, The gods are come down tous in the likenesse of men; and Paul would return the same answer as then was, Why doe you look upon us, as if we had done these things by our own power? but in the name of Christ are they wrought. If you see a man walking holily, humbly, reformed from sinne, say, This is the great pow∣er of God to salvation.

Thirdly, this supernaturality is seen, In that it is a way of such perfection and ex∣actnesse,*that it is no wayes agreeable to our nature; we have nor so much as an in∣clination to it; and so supernaturall is as much as connaturall; for thus holinesse was not supernaturall to Adam, but it was a fit and suitable qualification, even as rationality and risibility was connaturall to his soul: so God creating Adam for such a glorious end as to enjoy him, holinesse was a connaturall perfection due to him; but now since our lapsed-and polluted condition, all holinesse is so far super∣naturall, that it is against our natures, we have no inclination to that which is ho∣ly; yea, the Apostle saith, We have enmity against the way of God, and we neither are, or can be subject to it, Rom. 8. Godlinesse is a kind of violence to our corrupt natures; and therefore we are said to crucifie, and mortifie sin, yea to deny our selves; all which argueth the repugnancy that is in us to that which is holy; won∣der not then, if men be so unwilling, so untoward to be brought to this work of grace: There is a secret enmity, and antipathy in us to it; we love it no more than the thief doth the light; and upon this is grounded all that rage, hatred and oppo∣sition they have against godly wayes: They cannot give you a good reason why? onely their hearts are full of venome against it.

Lastly, this supernaturality may be seen, in that proportion and analogie it hath*with God, though with a vast difference. We call Gods Wisdome, power, ho∣linesse supernaturall, because it transcends the sphere of the Creature, though to God it be natural; so Christs power to work miracles was natural to him, though supernaturall to us: Now in this new Creature there is a rude draught, and some imperfect lineaments of this; Be yee holy as I am holy; and he purifieth himself, even as God is pure. As God loveth all things, and doth all things to the glory of God, so doth this Creature refer all to him, it liveth wholly to him; and as all the streams empty themselves into the sea, so doe they all their glory, welfare and ad∣vantage into the honour of God. As all comes from him, so they return all to him: Thus they also learn of Christ, who is the treasure of all supernatural perfe∣ctions, not onely his miracles, but his graces were above our humane strength; His Patience, his meeknesse, his humility, his zeal, his obedience to the death: all these demonstrated him to be the Son of God; and therefore in this we are to shew his image and likenesse." Anthony Burgess 'Spiritual Refining'
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