Gospel Reconciliation (Burroughs)

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In this treatise, beloved Puritan pastor Jeremiah Burroughs shows that there is a breach between man and God, and that there is a way provided to repair that breach. He states that reconciliation with God comes only through the work of Christ, as an infinite God must have infinite satisfaction for sin, which only God Himself can provide through His own Son. Nothing less than the righteousness of God Himself will ever satisfy the justice of God. The person and work of Christ is the sinner’s only hope.  

Table of Contents: 

  1. Introduction
  2. There was a Breach Made Between God and man After a Blessed Union
  3. There is a way to make Peace Between God and Sinful man
  4. Reconciliation Opened
  5. Twelve Blessed Consequences of our Reconciliation
  6. Use 1: Peaceableness
  7. Use 2: The Blessed State of a Believer
  8. How to Know Whether a Man's Peace is Made with God
  9. Use 3: Five Helps to Making our Peace with God
  10. God Begins the Work of Reconciliation with man
  11. Uses of God's Beginning with man to be Reconciled
  12. Our Reconciliation with God is made in Christ
  13. The Necessity of Christ's Coming for our Reconciliation
  14. How Christ Comes to be a fit Reconciler
  15. What Christ has Undertaken and Performed in our Reconciliation
  16. How What Christ has done for our Reconciliation Comes to be Made ours
  17. How we Come to Have Interest in What Christ has Done is Further Opened
  18. Eight Consequences of our Reconciliation Being Made in Christ
  19. Three Reasons Why God Would be Reconciled to the World in Christ and in no Other way
  20. Use 1: Humiliation for sin is Useful
  21. Use 2: Discovering Mistakes About Reconciliation
  22. Use 3: Encouragement for Sinners to Come to God for Reconciliation, and Discouragement Removed
  23. Use 4: Do not Despair of God's Making Peace in This Nation
  24. Use 5: Those Who Have Assurance of Their Peace with God are Highly to Prize it
  25. Christians may Lose the Assurance of Their Peace with God Through the Weakness of Their Faith
  26. We May Lose the Assurance of our Peace With God by our Sinful Walking
  27. Use 6: Give God the Glory of our Reconciliation
  28. Use 7: Love Christ, and do or Suffer for Him
  29. Use 8: In Seeking Reconciliation by Christ
  30. That God was Reconciling the World to Himself from all Eternity, Opened
  31. The Work of Our Reconciliation With God in Christ has been a Doing From all Eternity
  32. Five Uses of the Former Doctrine
  33. Of God's Reconciling the World to Himself
  34. That God's Reconciling the World to Himself Cannot Mean Every Individual man is Proved by Scripture
  35. Why God's Reconciling to Himself is Expressed by so Broad a Term as "the term"
  36. Use 1: Seeing God has Excepted None From Mercy, let None Except Themselves
  37. Use 2: Be Reconciled to God now
  38. "Not Imputing Their Trespasses" Opened
  39. The Minister's Commission to Preach Reconciliation to the World
  40. Why God Chose men Rather than Angels to Dispense the Mystery of Reconciliation
  41. Why God Will not Himself Immediately Dispute this Gospel Reconciliation
  42. Use 1: The Sending of Ministers of the Gospel is to be Accounted a Glorious Blessing
  43. Use 2: The Great Honor of Ministers who are Faithful
  44. What a Wretched World that Cannot Bear Ministers of the Gospel
  45. Verse 20 Opened
  46. The Ministers of the Gospel are Ambassadors of Christ
  47. Use: Welcome the Ambassador of Christ
  48. The Second Doctrine Propounded
  49. The Second Doctrine Propounded in Chapter 45 Further Prosecuted
  50. Use 1: Answering the Objections of the Arminians and the Wantons of our Age
  51. Use 2: Ministers Ought to Speak as the Oracles of God: The Manner of Their Preaching Opened
  52. In What Kind of Ministry God Speaks Most
  53. Use 3: We Should Delight in the World
  54. Use 4: If God and Christ Speak in the World, how Dreadful Ought it be to the neglecters, disobeyers, and condemners of the Word
  55. How We Ought to Receive the Word
  56. The Third Doctrine Propounded Prosecuted
  57. Reasons for Faithful Ministers' Earnestness
  58. Use 1: The Horrible Wickedness of Those who are Idle in the Ministry
  59. Use 2: Note Where this Earnestness Comes From
  60. The Fourth Doctrine Propounded in Chapter 45: That God and Christ are Exceedingly Willing and Desirous to be Reconciled to Sinners
  61. The First Argument
  62. The Second Argument
  63. The Third Argument
  64. The Fourth Argument
  65. The Fifth Argument
  66. The Sixth Argument
  67. The Seventh Argument
  68. The Eighth Argument
  69. The Ninth Argument
  70. The Tenth Argument
  71. The Eleventh Argument
  72. The Twelfth Argument
  73. The Thirteenth Argument
  74. The Fourteenth Argument
  75. The Fifteenth Argument
  76. The Sixteenth Argument
  77. Christ's Willingness to be Reconciled to Sinners Further Opened
  78. Objections Answered
  79. Use 1: Admire God's Infinite Grace in Entreating to be Reconciled to Sinners
  80. Uses 2 and 3
  81. Use 4


The Gospel Life Series

Paul write to Titus that we are to adorn the doctrine of God in all things. This series of books by Jeremiah Burroughs, Puritan preacher in London in the 1600s, shows us how to do just that. We are to adorn the doctrine of God in our worship (Gospel Worship); we are to adorn the doctrine of God in our reverence (Gospel Fear); and we are to adorn the doctrine of God in our conduct (Gospel Conversation). To adorn the doctrine of God, we must know God and Christ (Gospel Revelation); we must know the blessedness that comes from having our sins forgiven (Gospel Remission); and we must know the marvelous plan of salvation that God offers to us (Gospel Reconciliation). 



Jeremiah Burroughs (1599-1646) was loved for his preaching and gentle spirit and was persecuted for his nonconformity to the Church of England. Feeling compelled to flee to Holland for a time, he eventually returned to England and preached to congregations in Stepney and Cripplegate in London, two of the largest congregations in England. He also served as a member of the Westminster Assembly until his death in 1646.