Short pithy gems from Augustus Toplady

(1740 1778)

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Whom should we love if not Him who loved us, and gave himself for us?

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A man's free will cannot cure him even of the toothache, or a sore finger and yet he madly thinks it is in its power to cure his soul.

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The greatest judgment which God himself can, in the present life, inflict upon a man is to leave him in the hand of his own boasted free-will.

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Grace finds us beggars and leaves us debtors.
Nothing in my hand I bring simply to Your cross I cling!

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When Christ entered into Jerusalem the people spread garments in the way. When He enters into our hearts, we pull off our own righteousness, and not only lay it under Christ's feet but even trample upon it ourselves.

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Grace alone, makes the elect gracious.
Grace alone, keeps them gracious.
Grace alone, will render them everlastingly glorious in the Heaven of heavens.

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Faith, repentance, and holiness are no less the free gifts of God, than eternal life.

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That opinion that personal holiness is unnecessary to final glorification is in direct opposition to every dictate of reason, and to every declaration of Scripture.

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The church of the elect, which is partly militant on earth, and partly triumphant in Heaven resembles a city built on both sides of a river. There is but the stream of death between grace and glory!

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To a true believer, death is but going to church; from the church below to the church above.

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Since much wealth too often proves a snare and an encumbrance in the Christian's race let him lighten the weight by giving to the poor. Thereby he will both soften the pilgrimage of his fellow travelers and speed his own way the faster.