Friday, February 11

The Puritans: From William Perkins

Of the Body of Scripture

The body of Scripture is a doctrine sufficient to live well.  It comprehendeth many holy sciences, whereof one is principal, others are hand-maidens or retainers.

The principle science is Theology.  Theology is the science of living blessedly for ever.  Blessed life ariseth from the knowledge of God.  John 17:3. “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” Isaiah 53:11, “He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant [viz. Jesus Christ] justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. And therefore it ariseth likewise from the knowledge of ourselves, because we know God by looking into ourselves.

Theology hath two parts: the first of God, the second of His works.

---William Perkins, from The Order of  Salvation and Damnation: The manner in which men are saved. Read a short biography of William Perkins, who is often called the "father of Puritanism" here.  

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