This third volume from the Works of William Perkins collection contains Perkins’s A Cloud of Faithful Witnesses, Leading to the Heavenly Canaan, which was his exposition of Hebrews 11. Within, Perkins contends that the whole chapter of Hebrews 11 is meant to urge readers to persevere in faith by persuading them of the excellence of faith. In his characteristic manner, Perkins brings the abiding importance of this message through careful exegesis and perceptive application. In an age of cheap faith and easy believism, this exposition offers us a way to put our faith to the test, to try it against the faith of the “great cloud of witnesses,” and, in the end, to put it into practice, assured that God’s mercy will uphold us for life.
Check out other volumes of this series: The Works of William Perkins, Volumes 1-6 (6 vols.) and The Works of William Perkins, Volume 7.
“And again, Christ has three offices: He is the true King, Priest, and Prophet of His church. And if He be not so, He is not Christ. But the papists’ doctrine in plain words and necessary consequence denies them all, as has been often proved unto their shame and published to the world. And they never yet to this day could or durst answer it; for if they do, they shall soon either hear us again, or else we will recant it. But till then it appears that their God is by their doctrine not the true God but an idol, for ‘he that denieth the Son, denieth the Father also’ [1 John 2:23], as says Saint John.” (Page 64)
“So must we not think to live in sensuality and die in faith, but to live by faith in all our actions from one day to another, meditating daily on God’s promises and believing them and relying on them and applying the generals to our own selves and practicing faith by making conscience of sin and inuring ourselves to patience and long suffering.” (Page 146)
“And because the world makes account of them and they please themselves, therefore they think it certain they must needs please God.” (Page 56)
“Secondly, hence we learn that till a man be called and his person justified and sanctified, all that ever he does is sin” (Page 41)
“shall seem to ourselves to be as it were thrust out of our inheritance in the heavenly Canaan, what must we do” (Page 257)