"Now if a man hath but twelve pence given to him, as an earnest penny, for some great possession that he must have; is not that better than if he had fourty pounds given unto him otherwise? So every comfort that the saints have in this world, it is an earnest penny to them of those eternal mercies that the Lord hath provided for them; as every affliction that the wicked have here, it is but the beginning of sorrows, and fore-runner of those eternal sorrows that they are like to have hereafter in Hell; so every comfort thou hast, is a fore-runner of those eternal mercies thou shalt have with God in Heaven; not only the consolations of Gods Spirit are the fore-runners of those eternal comforts thou shalt have in Heaven; but when thou sittest at thy Table, and rejoiceth with thy Wife and Children, and Friends, thou mayest look upon every one of those but a fore-runner, yea, the very earnest penny of Eternal life unto thee."
Jeremiah Burroughs. "The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment." London: Printed by W. Bentley for L. Sadler and R. Beaumont, 1651. Reproduction of the original in the Union Theological Seminary (New York, N.Y.) Library. p.29.
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