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Excellency of the Christian Religion


Extract from "The Believer's Journey from the Wilderness of this World to the Heavenly Canaan", a sermon on Song of Solomon 8:5 by Ebenezer Erskine.


Ebenezer Erskine (1680-1754) and his brother Ralph were famous Presbyterian ministers in Scotland, and close friends of Thomas Boston. Their father was Henry Erskine, under whose preaching the youthful Thomas Boston came to Christ.  

Song of Solomon 8:5. Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her Beloved.  

3. See hence the excellency of the Christian religion, which makes a discovery of things that lie beyond the wilderness of this world, and calls a man to come up from the wilderness, in order to his being possessed of them. "Life and immortality are brought to light by the gospel." The Heathen philosophers had indeed some foolish guesses about another world, a life to come; but how strangely were they in the dark about it! One of the best of them, when he was dying, told his friends, "that he was persuaded of a future state; but whether he was going to a state of happiness or misery he did not know." But, now, the Christian religion brings life and immortality (I say) to light, and opens a way and passage to a happy eternity: it is like Mount Pisgah, from which one may stand and discover the goodly land that lies on the other side of Jordan. David, Ps. xvi., when he wins up to the top of it, and gets a view of the glories of heaven and eternity, he cries out like a man in transport, "My heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth:" Why? "Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy, at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore."


The Works of Ebenezer Erskine, Vol 2, published by Free Presbyterian Publications, 2001, p 114.