Taken and adapted from, A Soliloquy on The Art of Man-Fishing
Written by Thomas Boston, 1699
Edited for thought and sense.
Wherein is Christ to be followed…
…what are those things in him that I must imitate him in? What was the copy that he did cast, which I must write after, in order to my being a fisher of men? What he did by divine power is inimitable ; I am not called to follow him, in converting sinners by my own power ; to work miracles for the confirmation of the doctrine that I preach, etc. But there are some things wherein he is imitable, and must be followed by preachers, if they would expect to be made fishers of men.
First. Christ took not on him the work of preaching the gospel without a call,Is. 61: 1, “For (says he) the Spirit of the Lord God…
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