Christ Inviting Sinners to Come to Him for Rest – by Jeremiah Burroughs (1599-1646).
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Jeremiah Burroughs (1599-1646), was a brilliant Reformed preacher of the Gospel, and an astute theologian. He ministered with pastoral sensitivity and a zealous desire to glorify God in his preaching and writing.
Burroughs was chosen one of the Westminster Assembly of Divines, aiding the church in setting down the most biblical and thorough confession in the history of the Christian Church. All those at the Assembly looked to him as a divine of great wisdom and moderation.
Among puritans to be read from the 17th century, Burroughs is not to be missed.
Every now and again, a work will be published by a reformer or puritan that Christians find to be of such great spiritual worth, that it is hard to put into words the incalculable and infinite good that such a work is to the Christian soul. This book, friends, is one of those works.
Burroughs expounds Matthew 11:28, “Come unto me all ye that labor, and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Christ invites sinners to come to Him for rest. Sinners, in this way, can be either Christians or unbelievers. Both are beckoned to “come.”
In this work Burroughs shows first, the burden of sin, the burden of the Law, the burden of legal performances with the misery of those that are under them, the burden of corruption, and the burden of outward affliction.
Secondly, he shows that Christ graciously offers to them that come to him, rest from all those burdens. In this he demonstrates what it is to come to Christ; that Christ requires nothing but to come to him. Several Rules to be observed in right coming to Christ, the means to draw souls to Christ, that in coming to Christ God would have us have respect toward ourselves, that there is no rest for souls out of Christ, and the reasons for this, with some conclusions from it.
Thirdly, Burroughs shows the rest believers have from sin, that the deliverance from the Law by Christ is, privatively, and positively. He will show the rest believers have from the burden of the Law by coming to Christ, how Christ gives rest from the burden of legal performances, how Christ gives rest from the burden of corruption; in which is shown how sanctification and holiness comes only from Christ. And Burroughs demonstrates encouragements to come to Christ for holiness. He will explain how Christ gives rest from outward afflictions, and then considers some directions on how to get rest from Christ in spiritual desertions.
God’s people have been personally helped by Burroughs throughout the centuries by all his works, and in this volume on coming to Christ, he again shows the inestimable spiritual value of his preaching and writing.
This is a life-transforming work which will enable Christians to inwardly examine themselves as they consider how the Law of God correlates to their abiding in the Lord Jesus, and what steps they must take to come to Christ in a saving and sanctifying manner.
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THE VALUE OF THIS WORK – McMahon
MEET JEREMIAH BURROUGHS – McMahon
OUTLINE OF THE BOOK
A TESTIMONY TO THE READER
CHAPTER 1: THE MEANING OF THE TEXT
CHAPTER 2: WHO DOES CHRIST INVITE?
CHAPTER 3: THE BURDEN OF SIN IN 9 PARTICULARS
CHAPTER 4: TWO CAUTIONS
CHAPTER 5: REASONS OF THE FORMER DOCTRINE
CHAPTER 6: THE APPLICATION OF EXHORTING SINNERS TO COME TO CHRIST, WITH ANSWERS TO CERTAIN OBJECTIONS
CHAPTER 7: THE BURDEN UNDER THE LAW LAID OPEN IN ELEVEN PARTICULARS
CHAPTER 8: THREE CONCLUSIONS
CHAPTER 9: OF THE BURDEN OF LEGAL PERFORMANCES
CHAPTER 10: THE SAD CONDITION OF THOSE UNDER LEGAL PERFORMANCE
CHAPTER 11: THE BURDEN OF CORRUPTION
CHAPTER 12: THE BURDEN OF CORRUPTION IN EIGHT PARTICULARS
CHAPTER 13: HOW CORRUPTION IS A BURDEN
CHAPTER 14: THE MOTIONS OF CORRUPTION
CHAPTER 15: THE REASONS OF THE FORMER POINT
CHAPTER 16: WHY BURDENS ARE FELT BY THE SAINTS
CHAPTER 17: THE BURDEN OF OUTWARD AFFLICTIONS
CHAPTER 18: CHRIST’S INVITATION
CHAPTER 19: HOW CHRIST CALLS SINNERS TO HIMSELF
CHAPTER 20: COMING TO CHRIST FREELY
CHAPTER 21: NINE RULES IN RIGHT COMING
CHAPTER 22: NINE MEANS TO DRAW SINNERS TO CHRIST
CHAPTER 23: THE DOCTRINE
CHAPTER 24: OF THE REST PROMISED BY CHRIST IN GENERAL
CHAPTER 25: SIX REASONS OF THE FORMER DOCTRINE
CHAPTER 26: FURTHER CONSIDERING THE RESTLESS CONDITION OF THOSE OUTSIDE OF CHRIST
CHAPTER 27: THE INSUFFICIENCY OF EVERYTHING BUT CHRIST
CHAPTER 28: THE BELIEVER’S REST IN CHRIST
CHAPTER 29: THE DELIVERANCE FROM THE LAW BY CHRIST
CHAPTER 30: THE REST BELIEVERS HAVE BY COMING TO CHRIST
CHAPTER 31: SEVEN LESSONS IN THE REST BELIEVERS HAVE FROM THE LAW
CHAPTER 32: REST FROM LEGAL PERFORMANCES
CHAPTER 33: TWO FURTHER POINTS
CHAPTER 34: REST AND SANCTIFICATION IN SIX PARTICULARS
CHAPTER 35: SANCTIFICATION IS ONLY IN CHRIST
CHAPTER 36: HOW OUR SANCTIFICATION COMES FROM CHRIST
CHAPTER 37: TWO ARGUMENTS FOR BEING IN CHRIST AND HOLINESS
CHAPTER 38: SANCTIFICATION COMES FROM CHRIST
CHAPTER 39: SIX CONSEQUENCES FROM THE FORMER DOCTRINE
CHAPTER 40: AN EXHORTATION TO COME
CHAPTER 41: CONCLUSIONS OF THE FORMER DOCTRINE OF SANCTIFICATION
CHAPTER 42: REST IN CHRIST NO MATTER WHAT THE CHRISTIAN MEETS WITH IN THE WORLD
CHAPTER 43: REST IN CHRIST IN OUTWARD AFFLICTIONS IN FOUR PARTICULARS
CHAPTER 44: CONCLUDING THE LAST DOCTRINE
CHAPTER 45: BELIEVERS UNDER INWARD AFFLICTION, AND SPIRITUAL DESERTIONS
CHAPTER 46: SEVEN DIRECTIONS IN SPIRITUAL DESERTIONS
CHAPTER 47: REST IN AND FROM AFFLICTION
CHAPTER 48: FIVE MARKS OF TRUE REST IN CHRIST
CHAPTER 49: EIGHT MEANS TO GET AND HELP HAVING REST IN CHRIST