Hester on Beddome's preaching

In a further discussion of Beddome's sermons Hester refers to
... A colloquial criticism Robert Hall offered on these sermons, (where) he says

"They are very evangelical, and there is a good choice of subjects: there is a bone and sinew and marrow in them that shows a great mind. I like them, Sir, because they are so full of thought; they furnish matter for the mind to dwell upon. It is true they are very short; but it must be remembered they are posthumous, and were never intended for publication: they are little more than skeletons. I like them the better for their compactness. It shows the taste of the age, Sir: — they would have been more approved had they been long and verbose and showy. They supply materials for thinking, Sir: — some persons, however, don't like to think, Sir. — In short, Sir, I do not know any sermons of the kind equal to them in the English language. I believe they are destined to be much more extensively read and appreciated."

Hester goes on
These sermons comprehend a great variety of topics, and every subject taken in hand is treated with great judiciousness and care. There is nothing to shock the most fastidious taste. There is great evenness in the flow of Mr Beddome's thoughts; there are few outbursts of emotion. Now and then his language rises into impressive eloquence. Some of his sentences are remarkable for comprehensive brevity, antithetic beauty and aphoristic weight.

The following sentences are taken from the sermon on the text It is the Spirit that quickeneth

"Absolute sovereignty belongs only to God: and indeed it is fit that it should belong to no other, for in Him alone infinite wisdom is joined with irresistible power."
God's grace can save "our souls without any preaching; but all the preaching in the world cannot save our souls without God's grace."
"The spirit of man, that candle of the Lord, often gives but a faint and glimmering light; but the Spirit of God snuffs it that it may burn brighter. It is He that sets conscience to work at first, making it fly in the face of the sinner, saying, as Nathan to David, 'Thou art the man;' and to Him we owe all that facility and care, faithfulness and integrity, with which it acts in after life. He is the Lord of conscience, and all its motions, like those of wheels, are under His direction."
"Good things in the heart lie as embers under the ashes, and have need to be stirred up; and to do this is the peculiar office of the Spirit."

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