“If we do not preach about sin and God’s judgment on it, we cannot present Christ as Saviour from sin and the wrath of God. And if we are silent about these things, and preach a Christ who saves only from self and the sorrows of this world, we are not preaching the Christ of the Bible.
We are, in effect bearing false witness and preaching a false Christ. Our message is ‘another gospel, which is not another.’ Such preaching may soothe some, but it will help nobody; for a Christ who is not seen and sought as a Saviour from sin will not be found to save from self or from anything else.
An imaginary Christ will not bring a real salvation; and a half-truth presented as the whole truth is a complete untruth.”
–J.I. Packer, “The Puritan View of Preaching the Gospel,” in A Quest For Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life (Wheaton: Crossway, 1990), 164-165,
“This promise is accomplished at the last day of judgment, when we shall sit with Christ as kings, ruling with Him, and as judges of the twelve tribes of Israel, judges of the world.
We are here conquerors of the world, the flesh and the devil; but then all things shall be put under our feet. And this should comfort us in our sufferings under wicked men. For at that time those that now triumph over us shall be trodden down as dust.
And again, we should learn not to fret to see the prosperity of the wicked (Psalm 37:1). They are but flowers of a day’s continuance. Who envies the estate or happiness of a base person that in a play acts the person of a king? This world is no other than a stage play.
Let the wicked be in ever so great a place, he must return to his rags; and the good man, though he acts the part of a beggar here for a while, he shall be a king hereafter forever and in the meantime God considers him as His dear son.”
–Richard Sibbes, “The Sun of Righteousness,” in The Works of Richard Sibbes, Ed. Alexander Grosart (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, Repr. 2001), 7:177-178.
“If Christ be the Sun of righteousness, we should, when we are cold and benumbed, repair to Him and conceive of Him as one having excellencies suitable to our wants.
Are we dark? He is light. Are we dull? He can heal us. Are we dying? He is life. And are we in discomfort? He is the fullness of love.
He is therefore the Son, that we should seek to Him, and make Him our all in all: our Prophet, to direct us by His light; our Priest, to make atonement for us; our King, to help us overcome all our corruptions and to make us more than conquerors.”
–Richard Sibbes, “The Sun of Righteousness,” in The Works of Richard Sibbes, Ed. Alexander Grosart (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, Repr. 2001), 7:171.
“Those that look for perfection outside of Christ, do look for light without the sun.”
–Richard Sibbes, “The Sun of Righteousness,” in The Works of Richard Sibbes, Ed. Alexander Grosart (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, Repr. 2001), 7:169.