Saturday, July 4, 2009

New Creation's Sun

Here is some powerful imagery from the English Puritan author George Swinnock (1627-1673). We are not nearly thankful enough for the guiding and warming light that is God's Word!

"Consider what a distinguishing mercy and precious treasure the Word of God is, how without it you would have forever been both unholy and unhappy, and how by it you may eternally be both gracious and glorious. Without question you will find cause to bless the Giver for such a rare and profitable gift. The apostle ranks this favor among the blessings of the highest form: 'What advantage hath the Jew? Or what profit is there of circumcision?' (Rom. 3:1). The answer is chiefly, that unto them were committed the oracles of God. The psalmist, mentioning this mercy, concludes with 'Praise ye the Lord' (Ps. 147:19-20). The light of the sun, moon, and stars is of such concern to men, that without them the beauty of the old creation would be buried in darkness, and therefore the children of God have given the Most High the credit of those greater and lesser candles (Ps. 136:7-9)...The light of God's law and Word is of infinitely more worth, for by it the glory and beauty of the new creation, and that curious piece of man's redemption, is seen and known. What honor God deserves for this favor!"

~George Swinnock; Works of George Swinnock (vol. 1; London: James Nichol. 1868), 163-164.