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Theophilus Gale (1628-1678) on Luke 19:42

August 31, 2009

Gale:

When Professors go on in a course of hypocritical friendship with Christ, he at last puts a period to their day of Grace. Thus he dealt with the unbelieving Jews, Luke 19:42. Saying, If thou had known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. Israel had her day of Grace, but now it’s gone; now her Sun is set; now farewell to all Gospel Grace and offers; farewell to all wooings, and strivings of the Spirit of Grace with her: Oh! what a complicated, twisted, binding curse is here for all Christ’s false friends? How much better were it to part with the Sun out of the firmament; yea, with life it self a thousand times over, than to bid Adieu to the day of Grace?

Theophilus Gale, Theophilie: or a Discourse of the Saints Amitie with God in Christ (London: Printed by R. W. for Francis Tyton at the three Daggers in Fleet-street, 1671), 284. [Some spelling modernized; and underlining mine.]

[Credit to Tony for the find.]

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