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XXXII

Biblical faith is not escapist. It does not advocate the evacuation of the mind in the face of unpleasant facts, the embrace of fantasy in the face of a harsh reality… the healing of our pain of which the Bible speaks requires us to confront reality rather than to seek to escape from it. One of these realities is death. It invites us to embrace that reality rather than to push it away… It invites us to allow the fact of death, looked squarely in the eye, to do its work in us. It invites us to allow the fact of death, looked squarely in the eye, to do its work in us. It invites us to pursue the question of death to the end rather than to pursue joy, and to help us to accept this implausible invitation, it claims that to make joy our focus is only in any case to know death now and also forever.

Provan, I. (2001) Ecclesiastes/Song of Songs: The NIV Application Commentary, 169

XXIII

He that is spiritually enlightened truly apprehends and sees it, or has a sense of it. He does not merely rationally believe that God is glorious, but he has a sense of the gloriousness of God in his heart. There is not only a rational belief that God is holy, and that holiness is a good thing, but there is a sense of the loveliness of God’s holiness.

Jonathan Edwards, A Divine and Supernatural Light

VIII

One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). John 1:40-41 (ESV)

Who can tell what might have happened if Andrew had been of a silent, reserved, and uncommunicative spirit, like many a Christian in the present day? Who can tell but his brother might have lived and died a fisherman on the Galilean lake? But happily for Simon, Andrew was not a man of this sort. He was one whose heart was so full that he must speak… All who have received mercy ought to find a tongue, and to declare what God has done for their soul.

Ryle, J. (1857) Expository Thoughts on the Gospels, Monergism Books, pg. 1297-98