‘Thoughts fixed and affections flaming’: some jewels from Matthew Henry
The Bible (Deuteronomy 6:6): ‘He that loves God loves his Bible’.
Help (Isaiah 47:15): ‘Happy are those who by faith and prayer deal with one that will be a very present help in time of trouble!’
Joy (John 8:56): ‘No joy like the joy of faith; we are never acquainted with true pleasure till we are acquainted with Christ’.
Providence (John 9:3): ‘The sentences in the book of providence are sometimes long, and you must read a great way before you can apprehend the sense of them’.
Miracles (Acts 12:10): ‘Miracles are not to be expected when ordinary means are to be used’.
The gospel (Romans 16:26): ‘The gospel is revealed, not to be talked of and disputed about, but to be submitted to’.
The Christian’s armour (Ephesians 6:11): ‘Here is a Christian in complete armour. It is observable that, among them all, there is none for the back; if we turn our back upon the enemy, we lie exposed’.
Selected from Thoughts fixed and affections flaming: pithy, interesting and uplifting comments gleaned from Matthew Henry’s Exposition of the Bible (Ed. Nigel Faithfull, Day One, 2012; ISBN 978-1-84625-309-6)