November 12th, 2020

look upon Christ with all his benefits

"The third particular is, That it's the duty of all Gods Children to know and believe this fullness in Christ for them, and to look upon Christ with all his benefits as for them: Now faith thus fixed on Christ hath these either ingredient or concomitant acts and effects.

1. There is a knowledge and a sound discovery of this sufficiency in Christ; You see here knowing and believing put together; Ignorance of this Point that all in Christ is for the believer breedeth much despondency, and takes off the wheels of thy Chariots: They look upon Christ as a Fountain sealed up, as a garden enclosed, They apprehend it's not for every godly person to go and drink of this fountain,* unless attaining to such an high measure of grace; Whereas a true knowledge of the end and use of Christ would quickly dispel all such black thoughts.

2. To believe doth imply a relying and resting of the soul upon this fullness;* Christ with his righteousness is the center of his heart; He trusts and puts his whole confidence in it; He need go out no further to seek, here is enough, he fears no breaking, no shaking, as long as Christ will last and endure, so long shall he; As a man that treads on the firm ground, he fears not as he that walks on slippery Ice; Thus the godly man leanest on a firm foundation, but he that trusted in his own righteousness or works, melts as Ice before the Sun.

3. There is a full satisfaction of the soul in this believing; So that it removeth all cares and fears, Have I enough or no? Is it sufficient to carry me out?* He is therefore said to save to the uttermost, Heb. 5. and it's called The riches of grace by Christ, the unsearchable riches; He therefore that believed in Christ thus as sent of God, he may say, Return O my soul into thy Rest, for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee; what can satisfy if a Christ with all his benefits cannot; yea, if a godly man were to desire a way for to put him out of all doubts between God and his soul, what better way could he require then this.

4. In believing there is a receiving, and a participation of all that Christ hath,* and hence receiving and believing is put for one another; It's also metaphorically expressed by eating and drinking, Joh 6. That as by those actions we receive meat, and it becometh our very substance, so it is here, by believing in him Christ is made ours, even all that he hath is ours; Thus by Faith we are said to be branches partaking of the fatnesse of the Olive, Rom. 11. Oh then how excellent is this act of Faith, which is the hand to put on all the glorious robes of Christ upon our soul; It being not enough to know there is a Christ so qualified unless he become ours.

5. This believing works an holy confidence and boldness at the Throne of grace; It makes our prayers and duties full of fervency and alacrity, Eph.* 3.12. We come with boldness through Faith; We see the Scepter is held out, and so we may readily enter in, and Heb. 4.16. Let us come with boldness to the Throne of grace; Oh how much should the broken hearted sinner live in the Meditation of these things, God opens the way by his grace, and thou shuttest it by thy unbelief; Through Christ the way to heaven is made a broad way, and thy doubtings make it narrow: When Christ cals Peter to come to him, though upon the waters, it's not presumption but disobedience if Peter refuse?

6. This is accompanied with large and vast thoughts of Christ;* This file their hearts and mouths with Christ, as you see the Apostle Paul in every verse almost affectionately mentioning him, Phil. 3. with what disdain doth he renounce and throw away all things in comparison of Christ, The excellency of the knowledge of Christ, and at another time, He would know nothing but Christ crucified, 1 Cor. 2.2. He that doth thus believe in Christ so manifested, cannot but have his soul and all within him taken up this way; Though there be many speak of Christ, and talk of Christ, yet none hath him indeed; and none do truly esteem him but such persons as these; Is then Christ dearer and closer to thy heart then all earthly comforts and delights? Canst thou say, the thoughts of Christ are sweet, the meditations about him are my meat and drink all the day long, this is precious.

Lastly, This purifieth the heart, and makes us an holy, heavenly people;*If we be risen with Christ, we set our affections on things above, Col. 3.1, 2. and he that hath this hope purifieth himself as God is pure, 1 Joh. 3.3. Act. 15 9. As the Sun brings heat and light where it is, so where faith is it makes the heat active and operative, as Heb. 11. This is the beholding of God as in a glass, whereby we are transformed into his Image from grace to grace; Believing gets spiritual strength, even as eating and drinking does bodily; therefore while you abate in your faith you do not only lose your comfort but your spiritual strength. If you cease to believe, not only doubts and fears but even lusts and sins will prevail over you; thus you see what it is to believe in Christ thus manifested' Sermons 35 Anthony Burgess
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lost people are the only ones that Jesus came to save

It is 12:10 PM Thursday afternoon here in West Michigan. It is a cold sunny afternoon. I am thankful it has not snowed thus far. I do not look forward to Winter coming, but what can one do but pray for Spring to come quickly.

I got up this morning around 7:05 AM. When I got up I found my wife as usual sitting in our living room having morning devotions. I got myself a glass of cold water and sat across from my wife of 41 years to wake up. After waking up I messed with our main computer and had breakfast. I cooked Carol breakfast and then wrote in my paper diary. After I had written in my paper diary and read till almost Noontime from a book titled, 'Christ's Prayer Before His Passion-Expositor Sermons on John 17' Volume 1 by Anthony Burgess.

Carol left this morning to go grocery shopping and to have coffee with a friend. Thus far as gone by this day. Not much else to report. Last night I watched a program on PBS and read till bedtime, 'Reformed Systematic Theology-Man and Christ' Volume 2 by Joel R. Beeke and Paul M. Smalley. I also read yesterday evening, 'The Price of Peace-Money, Democracy, And The Life of John Maynard Keynes' by Zachary D. Carter.

I plan this afternoon to read some more of The First Book of Samuel and then read, 'The First One Hundred Years of Christianity: An Introduction To Its History, Literature, And Developments' by Udo Schnelle Translated By James W. Thompson. I did look at these books last night, 'Biblical Theology of the New Testament' by Peter Stuhlmacher translated and edited by Daniel P. Bailey and 'The New Testament: A Historical and Theological Introduction' by Donald A. Hagner.

Well, I will close to read and wait for Spring 2021.

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Denis the Carthusian's Commentary on the Psalms (Psalms 1-25)

new book

Beatus Vir, the first of six planned volumes translating Denis the Carthusian’s (1402–1471) extensive Commentary on the Psalms (Psalms 1–25), is the first ever translation of this work into English since Denis wrote it in the 1430s. Of more than mere historical interest, this translation, accompanied by helpful footnotes, is intended to encourage an increased knowledge of the Psalms and to be used as an aid to meditation and reflection. Written at the cusp between late Scholasticism and the Devotio Moderna, the Commentary bridges both spiritual movements, seeking a firm foothold in both. Intensely Scriptural and personal, and urging perfection in the Christian manner of living or conversatio, the Commentary is also theologically rigorous, readily grasping the rational, guiding hand of St. Thomas Aquinas and happily embracing the mysticism of pseudo-Dionysius. Pope Eugene IV (1383–1447) is reputed to have said upon reading the Carthusian’s works: “May Mother Church rejoice that she has such a son!” The English-speaking world might similarly rejoice that Denis’s Commentary on the Psalms is at long last being translated into the English tongue.


Volume One of Andrew Greenwell’s English translation of Denis the Carthusian’s Commentary on the Psalms is a remarkable achievement, offering wide access to a text of great importance. Denis’ erudition, insight and originality, as well as his refined ability to keep various interlocutors in view are robustly displayed. Readers will find his attention to the relationship between the letter of history and the spiritual senses particularly engaging. The wealth of helpful notes in this edition will help us all gain a deeper appreciation for the workings of one of the late medieval world’s most respected voices. A translator has to share something of the spirit of the original author, and this translation is the work of one who certainly does. – ✠ Most Rev. Daniel E. Flores, Bishop of Brownsville, TX

In this impeccably well-done translation from Latin of the beautiful commentary on Psalms 1–25 of Denis the Carthusian, Andrew Greenwell has demonstrated that he is precisely the kind of layman Pope St. John Paul II called for in his 1988 post-synodal apostolic exhortation to the lay faithful. He is in love with the Lord Jesus Christ and totally given over to the service of His Mystical Body, the Church. I highly recommend this beautiful work. I am deeply grateful to Andrew for offering it to all of us as a resource. – Deacon Keith Fournier, J.D., M.T.S., M.Phil., Dean of Catholic Identity Director of Deacon Formation General Counsel Catholic, Diocese of Tyler, Texas

Greenwell's welcome translation of Denis the Carthusian's first major work is a gift to those who seek primarily to understand the Psalms in the context of revelation and faith above the narrower priorities of modern academia. Denis' richly Christological exposition of each psalm, applying the four senses of scripture, is witness to Carthusian life faithfully and fruitfully lived. – Fr. Hugh Somerville Knapman, OSB, Monk of Douai; author of Ecumenism of Blood: Heavenly Hope for Earthly Communion

We can find no better prayers than the ones God Himself has given us. The Psalms are the heart of Holy Scripture, the summary of all its treasures, the daily bread of Christ’s faithful. The mysteries contained in the Psalms are simple, and yet so sublime, that we need a guide to open up the Scriptures to us. Denis the Carthusian, a fine connoisseur of the Psalms, is an exemplary guide. This English translation is a remarkable accomplishment, for which we are all indebted to Andrew Greenwell. - Dom Pius Mary Noonan, OSB, Notre Dame Priory, Tasmania

Now here is a treasure that those who take their lectio divina seriously appreciate beyond telling: Denis the Carthusian's commentary on the Psalms--no less! – Abbot Philip Anderson, OSB, Clear Creek Abbey

ISBN: 978-1-989905-22-7 | $25.95 USD | Paperback

ISBN: 978-1-989905-23-4 | $31.95 USD | Hardcover
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