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Trapp will be most valuable to men of discernment (Spurgeon). I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say. (1Cor. 10:15)



Adsum ego qui feci

John 19:18: Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.

For our sins were the nails and ourselves the traitors that fastened him to the tree.

Pilate and his soldiers, Judas and the Jews, were all set to work by us.

Learn to lay the blame on thyself, and say:

It was my gluttony that reached a cup of gall and vinegar to his mouth;

mine incontinence that provided stripes for his back;

mine arrogance that platted a crown of thorns upon his head;

mine inconstance that put a reed into his hand;

my treachery that nailed his hands and feet;

my vanity that grieved his soul to the death;

my self-love that thrust a spear into his side, &c.


Adsum ego qui feci. (Virgil.)

The Sodomites, smitten with blindness, grope for the door

John 18, Ver. 7. Then asked he them again.

Though struck to the earth they desist not: so the Sodomites, smitten with blindness, grope for the door.

Pharaoh, in that palpable darkness, rageth against God, and menaceth Moses.

Monoceros interimi potest, capi non potest:

the unicorn is able to be killed but not able to be captured;

stubborn men will sooner break than bend.

Ignoti nulla cupido

John 17, Ver. 26. … the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

Claritas in intellecta parit ardorem in affectu. Ignoti nulla cupido.

Clarity of mind gives birth to zeal in devotion.

The unlearned desire nothing.

Holiness hath honour in the consciences of the very worst

John 10, Ver. 41. John did no miracle.

Lest he should be mistaken for the Messiah.

But how got he then so much credit?

By his mortified conversation especially.

“Holy and reverend is God’s name,” saith the Psalmist; therefore reverend, because holy. Holiness hath honour in the consciences of the very worst.


The painting: The Preaching of St. John the Baptist by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

We are triumphers

John 16: 33 In the world ye shall have tribulation.

There is no avoiding it; it is not a paradise, but a purgatory to the saints.

It may be compared to the Straits of Magellan, which is said to be a place of that nature, that which way soever a man set his course, he shall be sure to have the wind against him. (Heyl. Geog.)

John 16:33 I have overcome the world.

Therefore we are more than conquerors, because sure to overcome beforehand, “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.“, #Ro 8:37.

We are triumphers, “Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.“, #2Co 2:14.

We need do no more, then, as those in Joshua, but set our feet on the necks of our enemies, already subdued unto us by our Jesus.

Conceitedness cuts off all hope of proficiency

Conceitedness cuts off all hope of proficiency.

All sin is a a God slayer

John 15: Ver. 23. He that hateth me…

It is wonder how any should, yet we read of God-haters, #Ro 1:30,


all sin is a kind of God-slaughter,

Omne peccatum est Deicidium. All sin is a a God slayer.

A hypocrite is not discovered, till upon some critical point

John 6, Ver. 60. This is an hard saying.

The hardness was in themselves, not in the word; but that must bear the blame howsoever.

A hypocrite is not discovered, till upon some critical point. If it come to a matter of cost, he cries, “What needs this waste?” if of pains, “This is an hard saying.”

Good actions and good aims

Two things make a man truly virtuous,—good actions and good aims.

(Commentary on John 6:25)

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