Thomas Shepard

Quotes from his work The Parable of the Ten Virgins

What I’ve seemed to notice so far in Shepard’s book is that he mentions very grandiose things in passing.  Things which are life changing for us in the resurgence.  I received a copy from Reformation Heritage Books, and I plan on writing a review of it for a friend.   I’ve quoted some of his statements and gave a reference to where I’ve learned the truth from others after Shepard.

1.  Heaven is staring deeper and deeper into Christ’s glory and person forever.  Because it is infinite, it will never be accomplished, and this is the Saint’s joy.

I first heard this explained by John Piper, my previous Pastor at Oak Cliff Baptist, and Scott Maze from First Baptist Van Buren

2.   The best, readiest, and only way to have your own ends is to seek the Lord’s and forget your own.

I heard this first also from John Piper, because the conclusion of it seems to end with the phrase, “God is most glorified in you, when you are most satisfied in him.”  I just seems to turn the phrase around and say, “You are most satisfied when through you God is most Glorified.”

3.  That the Lord, in all of his dealings with his people, seeks lastly to bring about the Glory of his grace.  For the whole Trinity, enjoying infinite sweet fellowship with Himself, hence desire it might be communicated; In Christ it is so, and now the last end is attained.

This I have heard from both Piper at Passion ’06 and from Edwards himself in his book The End for which God Created the World.

4.  For all the reason in the world will never kill a lust, no more than all the reason will persuade the stomach not to hunger. The belly hath no ears

John Owen’s books The Mortification of Sin, and an excerpt from another book which is titled Temptation: Resisted and Repulsed give great helps on this, but Shepard puts it very clearly.  What I think a lot of fellow resurgents–and myself–are plagued with is the presupposition that theology automatically and mechanically results in holy living.  If we can think right thoughts, then we can refute the lusts in our heart and they will flee.

But this action of refutation is not resting on Christ for our supply, and, like Shepard says, this will defeat sin the day our reasoning will convince our stomachs we aren’t hungry.

It is also interesting that all of these quotes are placed sporatically through his exposition of the Parable of the Ten Virgins.  Maybe more preachers would do well to mention such lofty, life changing thoughts throught their expositions.