Sin Shall Gasp Its Last (Manton)

Some people are deathly afraid of death. They do all they can to avoid death. The goal of their life is to not die. But living to avoid death is no way to live. The author of Hebrews calls this being a slave to the fear of death (Heb. 2:15). Furthermore, such a fear of… Continue reading Sin Shall Gasp Its Last (Manton)

Afflictions as Medicine, Providence as a Whole (Manton)

Many Christians have memorized the great promise of Romans 8:28: "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (NIV)."  Although afflictions and trials usually cloud our judgment and cause us to sometimes second guess this promise, it is… Continue reading Afflictions as Medicine, Providence as a Whole (Manton)

To Distinguish is To Avoid Trouble (Manton)

In his treatise "The Life of Faith" Thomas Manton (d. 1677) spent a few paragraphs explaining from Scripture how to improve on cheerfully "walking with God in a course of obedience." One way is to meditate on God's promises. Another way is to plead those promises. Still another way is to "counterbalance things." What does… Continue reading To Distinguish is To Avoid Trouble (Manton)

Critical and Opinionated Christians (Manton)

Sadly, some Christians are super critical and overly opinionated.  They constantly criticize others and go around boldly stating their opinion (as if they're always right).  This is a sign of pride.  Of course, no Christian is perfect - we all struggle with various sins, passions, and evil pleasures.  But it is important for those who… Continue reading Critical and Opinionated Christians (Manton)

We All Stumble in Many Ways

One of the most famous lines the Apostle Paul wrote actually comes from the Psalms: there is none righteous, not even one (NASB; Rom 3:10; cf. Ps. 14 & 53).  James agreed: We all stumble in many ways (James 3:2 NASB; cf. Prov. 20:9).  Thomas Manton had some great reflections on this verse (James 3:2)… Continue reading We All Stumble in Many Ways