Binning was a bright, burning star of the Scottish Church. He died when he was only 26 years old.
The Works of Hugh Binning, from the 4th edition, 1858, Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1992,
The Common Principles of the Christian Religion
What God is to Us
“The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands.”
And in the description of this, the Lord spends more words, according to the necessity of a [languishing] soul, to signify to us how great and strong consolation may be grounded on his name,—how accessible He is, though He dwell in inaccessible light,—how lovely He is, though He be the high and the lofty one,—how good He is, though He be great,—how merciful He is, though He be majestic. In a word, that those that flee to Him may have all invitation, all encouragement to come, and nothing to discourage, to prejudge their welcome; that whoever will, may come, and nothing may hinder on his part. And then, after all this, He subjoins a word of his justice, in avenging sin, to show us that He is not very much delighted with the death of sinners, that so whosoever perishes may blame themselves for hating their own salvation and forsaking their own mercy.
Your sin is but the transgression of a finite creature; but my mercy is the compassion of an infinite God,—it can swallow it up. Suppose your sin cry up to heaven, yet mercy reaches above heaven, and is built up forever. Here is an invitation to all sinners to come and taste,—O come and taste, and see how good the Lord is!
Of the Way of Man’s Delivery
“This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.”
1 Tim. 1:15
…This is that we should once learn, and ever be learning—to know Him that came to save us, and come to Him.
See the whole of Sermon 6, p. 576-580, in Several Sermons upon the Most Important Subjects of Practical Religion, on Mt. 11:28, “Come unto Me, all ye that labor, and are wearied”
Christian Love, (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 2004), p. 6
“God hath a general love to all the creatures.”