The Beauty of Holiness by Richard Allestree (1619-1681)
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Richard Allestree (1619-1681) (also Allestry) was an English divine during the era of the Westminster Assembly. He was a man of extensive learning, of moderate views and a fine preacher, generous and charitable, of, “a solid and masculine kindness,” and of a fiery disposition.
In this work, Allestree invites you into the sublime realm of God’s holiness, providing an exploration of the transformative power and inherent beauty of a life humbly dedicated to Jesus Christ. Drawing from the richly woven threads of scripture, he illuminates the noble path of righteousness and the profound fulfillment that ensues when we embrace life as God ordains. His main text is 1 Chronicles 16:29, “Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.”
With spiritual clarity and wisdom, Allestree reveals the magnetic allure of holiness, venturing deep into its multi-dimensional essence and emphasizing its transformational effect on earnest disciples of Christ’s church. With the heart of a shepherd, he unveils the need for holiness, not merely as a moral obligation, but as a radiant testament to God’s mercy, with the power to revolutionize every facet of our earthly existence in Jesus.
Throughout, Allestree’s profound insights reverberate, calling on Christians to reconceptualize their understanding of holiness in the light of Holy Scripture, and beckoning them to commence on a transformative pilgrimage towards a deeper communion with the divine; an intimate walk with the triune God. He uncovers the unparalleled beauty and harmony that arise when faithful believers mold their lives in line with divine ordinances, looking to God’s will to transform their own. His will becomes their will.
This inspiring work transcends the bounds of theoretical virtue; it serves as a practical manual for cultivating a life imbued with the divine gift of the Spirit. Allestree’s teachings impassion readers to aim for moral excellence, to pursue purity of heart, and to undertake a life dedicated to fervent worship and devotion. “Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy,” (1 Peter 1:16). He assures us that holiness is not an oppressive mandate, but a liberating journey of ultimate fulfillment, a state of true freedom where we can relish the joy of aligning our steps with Christ’s divine purpose.
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
The Beauty of Holiness
Table of Contents
Meet Richard Allestree by C. Matthew McMahon
Holiness and Christian Duty by C. Matthew McMahon
CHAPTER 1: On the Nature of Holiness
CHAPTER 2: On the Rule of Holiness
CHAPTER 3: Motives and Inducements to the Practice of Holiness
-Section 1: The Noble Pattern of Holiness
-Section 2: Emulating the Meekness and Humility of Christ
-Section 3: Happiness and Holiness are Inseparable
-Section 4: Holiness as the Only Way to Escape Wrath
-Section 5: Holiness the Main Design of the Gospel and the End of Christ’s Sufferings
-Section 6: Holiness the Most Proper and Effectual Means for Attaining Length of Days
-Section 7: Holiness: The Pathway to Honor
-Section 8: Holiness Accompanied with Peace
-Section 9: Holiness the Best Evidence of True Wisdom, Real Worth, and Courage
-Section 10: Holiness Universally Profitable and Most Advantageous
CHAPTER 4: Frivolous Cavils and Objections Removed
CHAPTER 5: The Conclusion