A Compassionate Saviour


Peter not only deserved a curse, but he provoked it. Behold the mercy of a provoked God! Though Peter, in conviction, may have asked for a stone to fall on him and grind him to powder, yet Christ gives him the bread of eternal life, and the wine of repentant tears. Though he gave a serpent to sting him to death yet Christ, the compassionate Saviour gives him the voice of the rooster, the sight of the brazen serpent to recover his wounds (Numbers 21:9). Peter provided the whole load of sin for Christ to carry to the cross, and Christ threw on him the burden of mercies to sink him deeper and deeper in the waters of repentance and admiration than he knew before the temptation.

Dr. Edward Reynolds was born in 1599 in Southampton, England. He received his BA degree at Oxford in 1618. In 1622, before studying for his masters, Reynolds became a chaplain to the king and preacher at Lincoln’s Inn, London. The puritanical inclinations of Dr. Reynolds were well known; his character of piety and decorum were evident even in his college years. Edward Reynolds is known as the Bishop of Norfolk, but he was bishop for only the final fifteen years of his life and ministry. Prior to that he was the rector of Braunston, Northamptonshire, for almost thirty years. Although Reynolds was a Presbyterian by conviction, he had a reputation of moderation in his church polity. This was evidenced in his role in the Westminster Assembly. He was the only member to sit on all three of the major committees on the Confession of Faith, and with his moderate spirit provided balance in the discussions.
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