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“Grace is young glory, and joy in the Holy Ghost is the suburbs of heaven. You enter upon your country and inheritance by degrees. Fulness of joy is for the life to come, and joy in the Holy Ghost is the beginning of it.
As the winds carry the odours and sweet smells of Arabia into the neighbouring provinces; so the joys of heaven, those sweet smells and odours of the upper paradise, are by the breathings and gales of the Spirit conveyed into the hearts of believers.
This is our advance-money, our taste in the wilderness, our morning-glances of the daylight of glory. Union with Christ is the beginning of heaven, it is heaven in the moulding and framing.”
–Thomas Manton, The Complete Works of Thomas Manton, Vol. 14 (London: James Nisbet & Co., 1973), 14: 260.
“Grace is wronged by intercepting the glory of grace. It is the greatest sacrilege that can be to rob God of His glory, especially the glory of His grace. Above all things in the world, God’s glory is the most dear to Him; He cannot endure to have a partner.
Especially is the glory of His grace dear to him; it is the whole aim of all His dispensations to glorify grace: Eph. 1:6, ‘To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the Beloved.’
You rob God of His chiefest honour when you take the crown of glory that is due to grace, and put it upon your own head.”
–Thomas Manton, “Several Sermons Upon Titus 2:11-14” in The Complete Works of Thomas Manton, vol. 16 (London: James Nisbet & Co., 1874), 45–46.