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Professors and Possessors
by J.C. Philpot
Professors and Possessors

    The religious professor receives doctrines because he sees them in the Bible. The believer not only sees them in the Book, but he feels them in his heart, put there by the Holy Spirit.

    The believer gets at truth through trouble.

    He arrives at the banquet of mercy through sharp pangs of hunger.

    He lays hold of the robe of righteousness, chilled by nakedness.

    He comes to the cross because he is guilty and there is nowhere else to go.

    Thus the religionist and the believer (however they may resemble one another) have an eternal distinction which the hand of God has drawn between the living and the dead.

Joseph Charles Philpot (1802-1869) resigned from the Church of England in 1835 to become a Strict and Particular Baptist. He later served as the editor of the Gospel Standard magazine for twenty years.