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A Direction for Meditation by Christopher Fowler (1610-1678)

What the Bible says about Godly Meditation through the Word
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All this while I take it for granted that thou art a Christian. Why, then, if thou wilt get and keep this faith that will get and keep comfort alive, the seventh direction is, to be much and frequent in divine meditation.—Faith is enlarged and grows-up by converse with divine objects. Meditate upon these things:—
1. Christ’s deity.—Be well stored with scriptural knowledge of this great truth; set thy heart to it, and let it be fixed in the midst of thy heart. Assure yourselves that the eternal Godhead of Jesus is the most practical point in heaven, and will be so while heaven is heaven.
2. Be intimately acquainted with Christ’s righteousness.—That it is the only righteousness that can present us holy, unreprovable, unblamable, in God’s sight; that it was his business in the world to bring-in this everlasting righteousness; that it is done and finished; that he hath nothing to do with this righteousness now in heaven, but to clothe us with, to present us in, [it] before God.
3. Meditate on God’s righteousness.—That it is not only his will, but his nature, to punish sin. Sin must damn thee, without Christ: there is not only a possibility or probability that sin may ruin, but without an interest in Christ it must do so; whet much upon thy heart that must. God cannot but hate sin, because he is holy; and he cannot but punish sin, because he is righteous. God must not forego his own nature to gratify our humours.

Nichols, J. (1981). Puritan Sermons (Vol. 2, p. 543). Christopher Fowler, How a Christian May Get Such a Faith That is Not only Saving, but Comfortable and Joyful at Present, Wheaton, IL: Richard Owen Roberts, Publishers.

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