In Revelation 22:16-17, the last ‘red letter’ verses in the Bible, Christ gave us His last statements about Himself and His ministry: “I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. And the Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come.’ And let him that heareth say, ‘Come.’ And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely.”
In this book, the Puritan William Greenhill opens and expounds this oft-neglected text, showing the significance of Christ being the root and the offspring of David. And then he clearly and passionately reveals the heart of Christ towards sinners, freely offering the gospel to ‘him that is athirst, and whosoever will come.”
Here is Christ set forth, and here is Puritan evangelism displayed.
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William Greenhill was born in Oxfordshire in 1591 and entered Magdalene College at the age of 13. In 1612 he received a Master of Arts degree, and for 13 years pastored in New Shoreham in Sussex. In 1643 Greenhill was named a member of the Westminster ASsembly of Divines, and in 1644 became rector of the church at Stepney. Jeremigh Burroughs preached at seven in the morning and Greenhill would preach at three in the afternoon, which caused a visiting preacher to call one "The morning star of Stepney," and the other "The evening star." The Oxford historian Wood says that Greenhill was a "rank Covenanter." James Reid, in his Memoirs of the Westminster Divines, says that he "was a zealous Puritan, greatly against the Prelates, the superstitious ceremonies, and corruptions, of the Church of England. He suffered much for his non-conformity." He died in 1677.