Im Leben und Sterben: Einheit mit Christus!
„There is as much as difference between heavenly and earthly comforts, as between a real banquet and one that is merely painted on the wall.“ – Thomas Watson.
A. W. Tozer:
Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow.
So one hundred worshippers meeting together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be were they to become “unity” conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship.
—The Pursuit of God  (Wilder Publications, 2009), p. 63.
HT: Dane Ortlund, Defiant Grace: The Surprising Message and Mission of Jesus, p. 86.
I have known some that, at first conversion, have not been very clear in the gospel, who have been made evangelical by their discoveries of their own need of mercy. They could not spell the word ‚grace.‘ They began with a G, but they very soon went on with an F, till it spelt very like ‚freewill‘ before they had done with it.
But after they have learned their weakness, after they have fallen into serious fault, and God has restored them, or after they have passed through deep depression of mind, they have sung a new song. In the school of repentance they have learned to spell. They began to write the word ‚free,‘ but they went on from free, not to ‚will‘ but to ‚grace.‘ And there it stood in capitals, ‚FREE GRACE‘. . . . They became clearer in their divinity, and truer in their faith than ever they were before.
–quoted in Iaian Murray, The Forgotten Spurgeon (Banner of Truth 1966), 69-70
I want to know one thing–the way to heaven; how to land safe on that happy shore. God himself has condescended to teach the way. . . . He hath written it down in a book! O give me that book! At any price, give me the Book of God!
I have it: here is knowledge enough for me. Let me be homo unius libri. . . . I sit down alone: only God is here. In his presence I open, I read his book; for this end, to find the way to heaven. . . . I meditate thereon, with all the attention and earnestness of which my mind is capable.
–John Wesley, ‚Preface,‘ in The Works of John Wesley (London: Thomas Cordeux, 1811), 7:4-5 (‚homo unius libri‘ = ‚a man of one book‘)
If a deed done for Christ should bring you into disesteem, and threaten to deprive you of usefulness, do it nonetheless. I count my own character, popularity, and usefulness to be as the small dust of the balance compared with fidelity to the Lord Jesus. It is the devil’s logic which says, „You see I cannot come out and avow the truth because I have a sphere of usefulness which I hold by temporizing with what I fear may be false.“
O Sirs, what have we to do with consequences? Let the heavens fall, but let the good man be obedient to his Master, and loyal to his truth.
O man of God, be just and fear not! The consequences are with God, and not with thee. If thou hast done a good work unto Christ, though it should seem to thy poor bleared eyes as if great evil has come of it, yet hast thou done it, Christ has accepted it, and He will note it down, and in thy conscience He will smile thee His approval.
–quoted in Iain Murray, The Forgotten Spurgeon (Banner of Truth, 1966), 205-6