How is the word of God to be preached? How is the Gospel of Jesus Christ to be published among the people of the world? How should the unregenerate respond to it? How should Christians respond to it? Brinsley masterfully teaches us how Jesus preached and published the Gospel, and uses one of the most famous texts in Scripture to do so – Luke 19:41-42 – Christ weeping over Jerusalem.
Tears for Jerusalem by John Brinsley (1600-1665)
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John Brinsley (1600-1665), the younger, was a Presbyterian puritan divine who was a powerful Reformed Gospel preacher and writer.
This wonderful work, “Tears for Jerusalem,” is a pastoral and compassionate demonstration of the lamentation of a tender-hearted Savior over a rebellious people rejecting the Gospel. Brinsley taught this subject during a national time of solemn humiliation in 1655. His principle text is Luke 19:41-42, “And when he was come near, he beheld the City and wept over it. Saying, If thou hadst known; even thou, at the least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! But now they are hid from thine eyes.”
His primary point of the treatise was to teach his nation, and the people of the church, to fear the coming judgment of God on the nation for rejecting and despising the Gospel. And then, that God would in his free grace and mercy, “return and look down from heaven and visit this vine, and the vineyard which his own right hand hath planted.” This practical work highlights the preached word, or the publication of the Gospel, and how the regenerate respond to it; as well as how the unregenerate despise it, but should not, and are required to believe it.
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