Thomas Manton: “God is tender of His Word”

Thomas Manton (1620–1677) was an English Puritan minister who served as a chaplain to Oliver Cromwell. Throughout his life, he served many churches and wrote many celebrated sermons. He was persecuted by the Church of England over his Puritan beliefs and would even serve time in prison. He continues to preach and write sermons throughout the remainder of his life. Here are the top quotes from Thomas Manton:

“One way to get comfort is to plead the promise of God in prayer, show Him His handwriting; God is tender of His Word.”

“Divisions in the church always breed atheism in the world.”

“Sin is sweet in commission, but bitter in remembrance.”

“Doctrine is only the drawing of the bow; application is hitting the mark.”

“We know God but as men born blind know the fire: they know that there is such a thing as fire, for they feel it warm them, but what it is they know not. So, that there is a God we know, but what He is we know little, and indeed we can never search Him out to perfection; a finite creature can never fully comprehend that which is infinite.”

“Till we sin Satan is a parasite; but when once we are in the devil’s hands he turns tyrant.”

“The creature’s good is a superadded quality, in God it is His essence. He is infinitely good; the creature’s good is but a drop, but in God there in an infinite ocean or gathering together of good.”

The more affected we are with our misery, the fitter for Christ’s mercy.

Self-love may lead us to prayers, but love to God excites us to praises.

“The hallowing of God’s Name is the END toward which His Kingdom coming and the accomplishment of His will are among the MEANS.”

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