George Gillespie on the Sincere Free Offer of the Gospel

A Treatise of Miscellany Questions, 1649

Chapter 18, this quote was transcribed by Bobby Phillips.

Secondly, I am herein the more confirmed, because Christ Himself, as it were on purpose to show, that the sitting and receiving at Table [in the Lord’s Supper] was not occasional, but such a thing as He meant to commend to us for our imitation, He gives this standing and permanent reason for it, that it is a piece of honor that He will have put upon those whom He invites, calls, and allows to eat and drink with Him, Luke 22:27For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? Is not he that sitteth at meat?

Chapter 21

Christ and his benefits are indeed offered and held forth unto all that are in the Church, and all [are] called upon to come unto Christ, that they may have life in him, and whoever comes shall not be cast out, this is certain…”


Aaron’s Rod Blossoming

Book 3, chapter 8

Ministers do indeed offer Christ to all upon condition of believing, being commanded to preach the Gospel to every creature, and not knowing who are reprobates…”

The Confession of Bohemia, which Gillespie quotes approvingly on p.154

“The 14th Chapter of Ecclesiastical doctrine is of the Lord’s keys, of which he says to Peter, I will give thee the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, and these keys are the peculiar function or Ministry and administration of Christ his power, and his holy Spirit; which power is committed to the Church of Christ, and to the Ministers thereof, unto the end of the world: that they should not only by preaching publish the holy Gospel, although they should do this especially, that is, should shew forth that Word of true comfort, and the joyful message of peace, and new tidings of that favor which God offers, but also that to the believing and unbelieving, they should publicly or privately denounce and make known, to wit, to them His favor, to these his wrath, and that to all in general, or to everyone in particular, that they may wisely receive some into the house of God, to the communion of Saints, and drive some out from thence, and may so through the performance of their Ministry, hold in their hand the Scepter of Christ his Kingdom, and use the same to the government of Christ his Sheep.”



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