God, a Rich Supply of All Good by Nathaniel Holmes (1599–1678)
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Nathaniel Holmes (or Homes) (1599–1678) was an English puritan, covenanter and prolific Calvinistic writer, praised as a writer of great ability and a scholar.
God alone is good, and good to all, but not to all alike. Nathaniel Holmes will take this very sound and important theological idea of God being good, and apply it readily to the people of God. He teaches that God is the Fountain of all rich supplies who is infinite, and can supply all needs infinitely. The conveyance and insurance of this are infallible, as they are found in Christ Jesus. All the supplies that come from God through Christ to those of God’s elect who are in Christ, come enriched with God’s glory shining all over them. He explains that providences below, graces within, heaven above all have a lovely scarlet blush of Christ’s blood upon them, so that rays of divine love shine on those who are in Christ. What a most excellent topic for the Christian to be encouraged and revived by!
After Holmes explains that God is in fact good, and a glorious supply of goodness in Jesus Christ, he then deals with Isaiah 55:8-9, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” He shows from Isaiah the incomparable nature of God’s gracious thoughts toward poor sinners, which are above and beyond their own thoughts, and is sufficient to stop the mouth of all objections and still the cries of all sadness and all miseries.
In the third and last section, Holmes then shows God’s gracious expressions engaging himself with those that receive his grace, from 2 Cor. 1:3-4, “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”
In this wondrous study of God’s holy word, the reader will be refreshed and encouraged to hold steadfastly to the goodness of God in Christ in all things as the Father of mercies, the God of all comfort, for his glory and the good of his people.
This work is not a scan or facsimile, and has been updated in modern English for easy reading. It also has an active table of contents for electronic versions.
Table of Contents
God is Good by C. Matthew McMahon
Meet Nathaniel Holmes by C. Matthew McMahon
Part 1: God, a Rich Supply of All Good
Part 2: God’s Gracious Thoughts Towards Great Sinners
Part 3: God’s Gracious Expressions