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The Acceptable Sacrifice
by John Bunyan
What can man bring to God which will be excellent and acceptable in His sight? John Bunyan's answer may surprise us -a broken and contrite heart.This is the 'acceptable sacrifice' of the title. In this moving exposition of Psalm 51:17, the last work which he prepared for the press, Bunyan shows from Scripture why a broken heart is so acceptable to God. He characterizes the ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Banner of Truth
(first published 1978)
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This book by Bunyan is profitable to the modern reader because it deals with a universal and lasting problem: that of the human heart. Bunyan saw the need and advantage of a broken heart for the believer, and a necessity for the unbeliever. I will let Bunyan speak for himself here. “There has, indeed, at all times been great flocks of such professors in the world in every age, but to little purpose, unless to deceive themselves, to mock God, and lay stumblingblocks in the way of others; for a ma ...more
Using Psalm 51:17 as a starting point, Bunyan discusses the meaning of a ‘broken spirit’ and ‘contrite heart.’ Although the puritanical English can be difficult to follow at times, Bunyan makes some powerful observations about the nature of man, the deceit of sin, and the way in which God breaks our already-broken hearts in order to heal them completely through Christ. Bunyan’s work spans the centuries in order to speak directly to our haughty, misplaced self-reliance.
John Bunyan, a Christian writer and preacher, was born at Harrowden (one mile south-east of Bedford), in the Parish of Elstow, England. He wrote The Pilgrim's Progress, arguably the most famous published Christian allegory. In the Church of England he is remembered with a Lesser Festival on 30 August.More about John Bunyan...
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“God has cordials, but they are to comfort them that are cast down (2 Cor 7:6); and such are the broken-hearted; as for them that are whole, they need not the physician (Mark 2:17). They are the broken in spirit that stand in need of cordials; physicians are men of no esteem but with them that feel their sickness; and this is one reason why God is so little accounted of in the world, even because they have not been made sick by the wounding stroke of God. But now when a man is wounded, has his bones broken, or is made sick, and laid at the grave’s mouth, who is of that esteem with him as is an able physician? What is so much desired as are the cordials, comforts, and suitable supplies of the skilful physician in those matters. And thus it is with the broken-hearted; he needs, and God has prepared for him plenty of the comforts and cordials of heaven, to succour and relieve his sinking soul.”More quotes…