Overview The quest for a biography of William Bridge began after this author purchased the first two volumes of The Works of William Bridge, printed in in London.
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These were printed twenty-one years before the death of this great Congregational Puritan preacher. Upon beginning the search for biographical material, a startling discovery was made. Only a few pages were in any one place on the life of this illustrious stalwart of Christ. Thus the search began in an attempt to fill in as many gaps as could be supplied from the meager sources. There should be no condemnation of a man who faithfully and biblically followed the Lord. He occupied a prominent place in the controversies of the day, which were disruptive to the status quo of the established church and the state.
However, such a brave man should not be left buried in obscurity. John Owen, the great Puritan theologian, highly respected Bridge. They worked together on various projects. It is the hope of this author that some progress has been made in giving to the public a larger picture of William Bridge.
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He has taught in two Bible institutes, contributed weekly articles to newspapers, written literature, been a conference speaker, and has authored a number of books. Average Review. William Jenkyn. Poverty and affliction take away the fuel that feeds pride. To bless God for mercies — is the way to increase them. To bless Him for miseries — is the way to remove them.
William Dyer. God would not rub so hard if it were not to fetch out the dirt that is ingrained in our natures!
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God loves purity so well — that He would rather see a hole than a spot in His child's garments! Temptations, when we meet them at first, are as the lion that reared upon Samson; but if we overcome them, the next time we see them we shall find a nest of honey within them. John Bunyan. Death is only a grim porter to let us into a stately palace.
Let your hope of Heaven master your fear of death. Why should you be afraid to die, who hope to live by dying! Though Christians be not kept altogether from falling — yet they are kept from falling altogether. William Secker. In our first paradise in Eden there was a way to go out — but no way to go in again. But as for the heavenly paradise, there is a way to go in — but not way to go out. Richard Baxter.
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Oh let us continually keep faith in exercise, until it be entirely swallowed up in the boundless ocean of beatific vision! A godly man prefers grace before goods, and wisdom before the world. Richard Bernard. Take a saint, and put him into any condition — and he knows how to rejoice in the Lord.
Walter Cradock. As bees are drowned in honey — so the rich are choked with their prosperity. Daniel Burgess. Without Christ, the most stately palace is a Hell. With Christ, the most stinking dungeon is a palace! Andrew Gray. God's promises are like a bag full of golden coins that God pours out at the feet of His adopted children and says: "Take what you will! When we are most lazy — the devil is most busy.
Sloth is the cause of sin, and idleness the fruitful mother of wickedness. Christ is not truly prized at all — unless He is prized above all. Nathaniel Vincent. The sufferings of Christ were equivalent to the eternal torments of the damned in Hell. Thomas Vincent. In Christ crucified, you may see a full answer.
William Bridge. All the men in the world are either vessels of mercy or vessels of wrath — according to the will of God.
Thomas Hooker. The work of the Son in redemption, does not exceed the work of the Father in election. John Brinsley. Predestination is the decree of God, by which he has ordained all men to a certain and everlasting estate. William Perkins. A wicked man, when he comes to die, will prefer Heaven before Hell. But a saint on earth, prefers Heaven before earth. If Christ is ours, God is ours, Heaven is our, all is ours! This is the reason that some love him, and others do not — because he reveals himself to some and not to others. John Preston. Faith sucks the honey of contentment, out of the hive of the promises.
Simeon Ashe. Faith finds its luster in action — and not just in notion. It enters our hearts — and not just our heads. Samuel Ward. A true believer looks on religion, not as a burden which he must be forced to endure — but a privilege which is his happiness to enjoy. A believer's heart is the garden where Christ has planted this sweet flower of His love.
The lesser we discern pride in ourselves — the more it reigns in our hearts. Sin is never our master — until we consent to have it so. The throne of sin is in the heart. The strength of sin lies in the love of it. Sin ruins none but those who love it. Love other things than Christ — and you have vexing care over them, both about their gaining them, keeping them and losing them.
It is a wonder to see what power petty, vain toys have over a person.
Henry Smith. Riches steal away the hearts of men. It is a hard thing for a man to pass from delights on earth to delights in Heaven. Francis Taylor.
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Though you have sinned yourself near to Hell — yet you have not sinned yourself into Hell. Crying sins are commonly answered with the echo of roaring judgments. John Arrowsmith. Lovers of the world are much more afraid of losing their earthly substance, than they are of losing their immortal souls.
William Bridge (1600–1671)
The dearest thing must be parted with — either as a snare or as a sacrifice. William Strong. My sins are as the sand of the sea for number. O that my tears were as the water of the sea for abundance! William Spurstowe. It can never by sufficiently lamented, that sin has made so many madmen in the world. It is nothing to have tribulation for several days — and then to triumph in the presence of God, and of the Lamb forever!
It is better to be a chastened son, than an undisciplined bastard.
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