Ralph Venning: Only Christ can fulfil man’s desire for happiness

Reformed Covenanter

Cancelled Commissioner
... Now man being in this pitifully sad and miserable condition it pleased God, (who is a lover of the souls, and the Preserver of men) in tender mercy to mankind, to speak at sundry times, (or by piece-meal,) and in divers manners unto the Fathers by the Prophets, but in the fulness of time to send, and in these last days to speak to us by his Son; he hath discovered his Will fully and wholly by him, so that we may not look for another; there being no name under heaven but him by which we can be saved, whither then should we go for the discovery (seeing he only hath the words,) of eternal life? him I say hath God sent to guide our feet into the way of peace, yea, that he might be the way, and the truth, and the life unto us. He sent Christ from Heaven to earth, that Christ might send men from earth to Heaven.

Accordingly Christ hath acquitted himself like a faithful Steward; he hath finished the work which his Father gave him to do; He hath done and suffered all that was commanded him for the good of men; so that he is pure from the blood of all men, having declared unto them the whole counsel of God, and chalked out the way wherein they are to walk, that they may be happy.

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