by John Preston
Lightly Modernized, Edited & Reformatted
"Sun Beams of Gospel Light," authored by John Preston (1587–1628), is a profound theological work divided into four distinct parts, each offering unique insights into Christian doctrine and spirituality.
Part 1: A Heavenly treatise on the divine love of Christ In this section, John Preston considers the divine love of Christ, exploring the profound depths of Christ's affection for humanity. Through scriptural references and theological analysis, Preston reveals the boundless and unconditional love of Christ, emphasizing the centrality of this love in the Christian faith. Readers can expect a deep exploration of the theological concept of Christ's love.
Part 2: The Christian's freedom Here, Preston discusses the concept of Christian freedom, a fundamental theme in Christian theology. He examines the liberty that believers find in Christ, highlighting the idea that true freedom comes from living in accordance with God's will. This section provides theological insights and practical guidance on how to live a liberated Christian life.
Part 3: The deformed form of a formal profession Part three addresses the issue of outward religious profession without genuine faith. Preston scrutinizes the concept of formal religious expressions, warning against empty rituals and hypocrisy. He encourages readers to seek a sincere and authentic relationship with God, rather than relying solely on outward appearances.
Part 4: Christ's fullness, and man's emptiness In this section, John Preston explores the concept of human emptiness and the sufficiency found in Christ. Drawing from Christian doctrine, he emphasizes the idea that human beings are spiritually impoverished without Christ and that only through Christ's fullness can they find true fulfillment and completeness.
Throughout "Sun Beams of Gospel Light," readers encounter profound theological insights, deep spiritual reflections.. John Preston's work invites contemplation and reflection on core Christian beliefs and practices, making it a valuable resource for those seeking to deepen their understanding of the Christian faith.
Table of Contents
To the Reader
A HEAVENLY TREATISE OF DIVINE LOVE.
-- SERMON I - If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be had in execration - 1 Corinthians 16:22.
-- SERMON II: If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be had in execration - 1 Corinthians 16:22.
-- SERMON III: If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be had in execration - 1 Corinthians 16:22.
-- SERMON IV: If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be had in execration - 1 Corinthians 16:22.
-- SERMON V: If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be had in execration - 1 Corinthians 16:22.
A SOLILOQUY OF A DEVOUT SOUL TO CHRIST, PANTING AFTER THE LOVE OF THE LORD JESUS
TWO TREATISES, VIZ. THE CHRISTIAN FREEDOM, AND THE DEFORMED FORM OF A FORMAL PROFESSION.
-- THE CHRISTIAN FREEDOM
-- THE DEFORMED FORM OF A FORMAL PROFESSION
To the Anti-Arminian
Christ's Fullness, and Man's Emptiness