Q&A: Puritan Quotes on Salvation

Puritan Quotes on Salvation

Question

My pastor quotes the Puritans all the time and I enjoy the language of that era. Can you list some Puritan quotes in reference to salvation?

Answer

Indeed, the Puritans did have a way with words. Here are some quotes regarding salvation that I have enjoyed:

HENRY SMITH - By this thou shalt know whether thou hast given it (thy heart) to Him or no; if the heart be gone, all will follow. As the sun riseth first, and then the beasts arise from their dens, the fowls from their nests, and men from their beds, so when the heart sets forward to God all the members will follow after it, the tongue will praise Him, the foot will follow Him, the ear will attend Him, the eye will watch Him, the hand will serve Him, nothing will stay after the heart, but every one goes.

JOSEPH CARYL - It more pleaseth the saints that they enjoy God, than that they enjoy salvation. False and carnal spirits will express a great deal of desire after salvation, for they like salvation, heaven, and glory well; but they never express any longing desire after God and Jesus Christ. They love salvation, but they care not for a Saviour. Now that which faith pitcheth most upon is God Himself; He shall be my salvation, let me have Him, and that is salvation enough.

GILES FIRMIN - Urgent: It is the duty of all the sons and daughters of Adam, who hear the Gospel preached, and Christ offered to them, to believe in, or receive, Christ, whether they be prepared or not prepared.

SAMUEL RUTHERFORD - Note well: As the Lord lives, I durst promise it in His name, if we would seek Him we should see the salvation of the Lord.

Other Puritan Quotes:

Salvation
Self-Examination
Adversity
Atheism
Providence
Election

Reference

Thomas, I. The Golden Treasury of Puritan Quotations (electronic ed.). Simpsonville SC: Christian Classics Foundation, 1996.

Answer by Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr.

Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr., D.D., M.Div. is the Theological Editor at Third Millennium Ministries (Thirdmill).