Volume 5: Commentary on Jude & Various Sermons

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Binding

Cloth-bound

Format

Book

Page Count

503

Set

The Works of Thomas Manton

Volume

4

ISBN

9781848718937

Short ISBN

8937

Original Pub Date

1870

Banner Pub Date

2020

‘The people of God have ever been exercised with two sorts of enemies–persecutors [external foes] and sectaries [internal foes]: it is hard to say which is worst’. So Thomas Manton begins his ‘To the Reader’ section prefacing his Commentary on Jude. He describes how the threat to the Reforming churches came not only from Roman Catholicism, but increasingly from ‘Libertines and a yokeless generation of men, who are most reproachful to religion and most troublesome’. He clearly understood that some of the gravest threats to the health of the Church come from within its own ranks, and believed Jude to be particularly concerned with such threats.

As well as Manton’s Commentary on Jude, this volume contains Meat out of the Eater, Or, Hopes of Unity in and By Divided and Distracted Times, a sermon preached to the House of Commons on June 30, 1647; England’s Spiritual Languishing; with The Causes and Cure, preached to the House of Commons on June 28, 1648; How May we Cure Distractions in Holy Duties, a sermon on Matthew 15:7,8 (‘Ye hypocrites, well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.’); How Ought We to Improve Our Baptism?, a sermon on Acts 2:28 (‘Be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins’); Man’s Impotency to Help Himself Out of His Misery, a sermon on Romans 5:6, (‘For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.’); The Scripture Sufficient Without Unwritten Traditions, a sermon on 2 Thessalonians 2:15 (‘Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word or our epistle.’); finally, there is included an editorial note on Smectymnuus Redivivus, a work composed by five ministers to answer Bishop Hall’s argument for the divine right of episcopacy and for which Manton provided a preface.

Book Description

This product consists of Volume 5 of The Works of Thomas Manton (1620-1677). Manton’s Works present us with an outstanding example of what was most characteristic in the ministry of the English Puritans: careful, solid, warm-hearted applicatory exposition of the Scriptures. The entire twenty-two volumes are composed of sermons— the legacy of a lifetime devoted to the patient and systematic teaching and application of God’s word. Like his younger contemporary, John Flavel, Manton’s Works are characterised by great pastoral concern and a balanced wisdom. He was, said William Bates in his funeral sermon, ‘endowed with an extraordinary knowledge in the Scriptures’ and this enabled him to exercise a sustained ministry of verse-by-verse preaching without losing the interest of his congregation.

The set is a facsimile of the James Nisbet & Co. edition of 1870.

Endorsements

‘I have come to know him so well that I could choose him out from among a thousand divines if he were again to put on his portly form, and display among modern men that countenance wherein was a ‘great mixture of majesty and meekness.’ His works occupy twenty-two volumes in the Victorian reprint: a mighty mountain of sound theology. They mostly consist of sermons; but what sermons! They are not so sparkling as those of Henry Smith, nor so profound as those of Owen, nor so rhetorical as those of Howe, or so pithy as those of Watson, nor so fascinating as those of Brooks; and yet they are second to none of these. For solid, sensible instruction forcibly delivered they cannot be surpassed. Manton is not brilliant, but he is always clear; he is not oratorical, but he is powerful; he is not striking, but he is deep. There is not a poor discourse in the whole collection: he is evenly good, constantly excellent. Ministers who do not know Manton need not wonder if they are themselves unknown.’ — CHARLES SPURGEON

‘If ever there was an English divine who must be classed as a Puritan, that man is Manton…his works, like [Bunyan’s] Pilgrim’s Progress, deserve the attention of all true Christians…As an expositor of Scripture I regard Manton with unmingled admiration. Here, at any rate, he is facile princeps [easily first] among the divines of the Puritan school…In days like these, I am thankful that the publishers of Manton’s Works have boldly come forward to offer real literary gold to the reading public.’ — J. C. RYLE

Table of Contents Expand ↓

1. A PRACTICAL COMMENTARY; OR, AN EXPOSITION WITH NOTES, ON THE EPISTLE OF JUDE:– The Epistle Dedicatory (3) To the Reader (6) Exposition (9-376) 2. MEAT OUT OF THE EATER (377) 3. ENGLAND'S SPIRITUAL LANGUISHING (411) 4. SERMONS AT THE MORNING EXERCISE:– How we may Cure Distractions in Holy Duties (441) How Ought we to Improve our Baptism? (459) Man's Impotency to Help Himself out of his Misery (473) The Scripture Sufficient without Unwritten Traditions (485) EDITORIAL NOTE ON SMECTYMNUUS REDIVIVUS (501)

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