On Christ preaching to the spiritually poor (Johann Gerhard)

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Christ preacheth the Gospel, but it is to the poor; he healeth, but it is the humble in heart; he preacheth liberty, but it is to the captives; he preacheth sight, but it is to the blind; he preacheth binding-up, but it is to the broken in heart. Isai. 61.1. Matth. 11.5. To the broken in heart, that is, to those that know and acknowledge their own spiritual poverty, captivity, and blindness, and therefore are contrite and broken in heart.

Johann Gerhard, The Sum of Christian Doctrine, trans. Ralph Winterton (Cambridge: Roger Daniel, 1640), p. 143.
 
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