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Second Peter 1:10 says "Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure." So how can Christians really know they are saved? Scottish Presbyterian minister William Guthrie asked this question in the 17th century, and wrote his only work, The Christian's Great Interest, in order to answer it. This work is an assurance of salvation aimed a ...more
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Published July 27th 2010 by Christian Classics Ethereal Library (first published 1668)
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May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Written by a Scottish pastor from the 17th century, this is one of the best entries in the Puritan paperback series I have read. It is an excellent treatise on the nature of saving faith and assurance. The material on “personal covenanting with God in Christ” in Part 2, chapter 4, is worth it’s weight in gold. I really can’t say enough good about this book. Perhaps the best commendation is to quote John Owen who said that Guthrie’s book contained more divinity than all his own writings combined! ...more
Jacob Aitken
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: puritanism
This is an outstanding pastoral text on the nature of assurance.

(1) Knowledge of our interest (legal deed, so to speak) in Christ isn’t the same thing as absolute certainty (Guthrie 35).

(2) Do our convictions from the law reach to the root of our corruption (56)?

(3) Faith is the condition of the covenant (69).

Part two has a good section on the nature of justifying faith and why some lack "that absolute sense of assurance."
John Yelverton
Though the author makes some very excellent points, his Arminian slant at the end of the book definitely detracts from its overall enjoyment and even the very theme of the book itself.
James Horgan
Although the beginning of the work eschews preparationism, the rest of the book painstakingly details the typical stages a person should go through prior to closing with Christ. It certainly reads like preparationism to modern eyes!

This book was highly popular during the Commonwealth. I found it puzzling a presbyterian did not also stress the quieter maturing in Christ that is often the experience (and I would suggest the experience we should seek) for covenant children. No doubt the book makes
John Weis
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Guthrie offers powerful proofs by which one may be sure of their genuineness of conversion, urging all to "close" with Christ, which he says is more than an ascent to faith, but an acceptation, reception, and apprehension of the doctrine with one's mind and heart, and an explicit expression via a personal conventing with God.

Guthrie's proposition shows just how much of a downgrade the modern "sinner's prayer" is compared with what consists in true conversion. This work is extremely accessible a
Sandy McFadyean
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great book by William Guthrie of Fenwick. Hard to read until you get into the swing of 17th century writing style, but worth persevering with. These old covenanting boys had some real wisdom to share. An absolutely worthwhile, if challenging, read.
Josiah Richardson
Your greatest interest as a Christian is to know whether you are actually a Christian. Assurance is something a lot of people struggle with and the end goal of this book to help you walk through those questions and find a true and solid answer.
Lisa Bittle
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exceptional read about what it is to be a Christian and what a converted heart should desire. A clear and thorough study for a man's heart converted by God. ...more
Larry Gales
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great little treatise (closing with Christ), written in answer, question form.
I've never found the title to be particularly transparent, but that shouldn't detract from the value of this little book. [return][return]Recommended by John Owen and Thomas Chalmers and having stood the test of time (first published in 1658), it deserves to be widely read. [return][return]It describes in plain terms what it means to have experienced the saving grace of God - how to recognise the process of effectual calling in your own life, and how to differentiate between genuine heart religi ...more
Nathan Schneider
Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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William Guthrie's only work is a good one. He expounds on the Christian life and focuses on the work of salvation. How do I know that I am genuinely saved? What if I am saved and sin? Written in an older style and a little more difficult to read because of the choice of language, Guthrie's book is a challenge to fall under the banner of genuine Christianity. It's all about the work of Jesus and our response of faith and repentance. This is salvation and this is the Christian life according to Gu ...more
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Guthrie's desire in this book is to set forth before Christians reasons why they may be sure of their saving interest in Christ. This is a wonderful book on assurance.
Justin Andrusk
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great work and I would highly recommend it!
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i read this when i was struggling with the assurance of my faith. a great Scottish covenanter lead me to surrender and renew my faith in Jesus!
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent in all manners. The conclusion alone, begging on picking. 193 is well worth the money. But don't short yourself, read it all and then pass it along. It's just too good to keep to yourself. ...more
Melinda Borda
An excellent book dealing with the assurance of salvation and the marks of true believers.
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A very fine and detailed book about the Gospel which is in two parts; the first, how somebody may know whether or not they have a saving interest in Christ, and the second, how to attain a saving interest in Christ.
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