Reformed Baptist Fellowship

Property of a Humble Soul

In Reformed Baptist Fellowship on December 1, 2012 at 11:49 am

NPG D26860; Thomas Brooks after Unknown artist

“An humble soul doth highly prize the least of Christ. The least smile, the least good word, the least good look, the least truth, the least mercy, is highly valued by a humble soul.

The Canaanitish woman in the fifteenth of Matthew sets a high price upon a crumb of mercy.1 Ah, Lord, says the humble soul, if I may not have a loaf of mercy, give me a piece of mercy; if not a piece of mercy, give me a crumb of mercy. If I may not have sun-light, let me have moon-light; if not moon-light, let me have star-light; if not star-light, let me have candle-light; and for that I will bless thee.

In the time of the law, the meanest things that were consecrated were very highly prized, as leather or wood, that was in the tabernacle. A humble soul looks upon all the things of God as consecrated things. Every truth of God is a consecrated truth; it is consecrated to holy use, and this causes the soul highly to prize it; and so every smile of God, and every discovery of God, and every drop of mercy from God, is very highly prized by a soul that walks humbly with God. The name of Christ, the voice of Christ, the footsteps of Christ, the least touch of the garment of Christ, the least-regarded truth of Christ, the meanest and least-regarded among the flock of Christ, is highly prized by humble souls that are interested in Christ, Song 1:3; John 10:4, 5; Ps. 27:4; Mat. 9:20, 21; Acts 24:14; 1 Cor. 9:22. A humble soul cannot, a humble soul dares not, call anything little that has Christ in it; neither can a humble soul call or count anything great wherein he sees not Christ, wherein he enjoys not Christ.2 A humble soul highly prizes the least nod, the least love-token, the least courtesy from Christ; but proud hearts count great mercies small mercies, and small mercies no mercies; yea, pride does so unman them, that they often call mercy misery, &c.”[1]


1 Ver. 27. Faith will pick an argument out of a repulse, and turn discouragements into encouragements. Luther would not take all the world for one leaf of the Bible; such a price he set upon it, from the sweet that he found in it.

2 Austin loved Tully before his conversion, but not so much after, quia nomen Jesu non erat ibi, because the name of Christ was not there. [Confessions, b. iii., iv. 7.—G.]

[1] Thomas Brooks, The Complete Works of Thomas Brooks, Volume 3, ed. Alexander Balloch Grosart (Edinburgh; London; Dublin: James Nichol; James Nisbet and Co.; G. Herbert, 1866), 16.

  1. This was a real treat to read. It makes me hungry for more Thomas Boston. Does anyone know if this has been released as a Puritan paperback? If so, I can afford to get a copy.

  2. Wow.

  3. Another fine example of the “irrelevant, antiquated, hard-to-read” Puritans -, blessed with the ability to convey more soul-stirring, heart-warming gospel truth in two paragraphs than the entire “Spiritual” section of the local Barnes and Noble combined…

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