Newsletter   Secure Checkout   Shopping Cart (0 Items)  
Search:    Welcome Guest! Save up to 30-40% on most items with our awesome everyday discounts!

Christian's Great Interest (Puritan Paperbacks) [Paperback]

By William Guthrie (Author) & W. Guthrie (Author)
Our Price $ 6.30  
Retail Value $ 9.00  
You Save $ 2.70  (30%)  
Item Number 47266  
Buy New $6.30
Available on the Internet only.

Puritan Paperbacks - Full Series Preview
Image Title Price Stock Qty Add To Cart
  The Spirit and the Church (Puritan Paperbacks)   $ 6.66   In Stock  
  A Lifting Up for the Downcast (Puritan Paperbacks)   $ 6.30   In Stock  
  Reformed Pastor   $ 6.30   In Stock  
  Prayer (Puritan Paperbacks) (Puritan Paperbacks)   $ 4.90   In Stock  
  Sure Guide to Heaven (Puritan Paperbacks)   $ 4.90   In Stock  
  Precious Remedies Against Satans   $ 6.30   In Stock  
  Dying Thoughts (Puritan Paperbacks)   $ 6.66   In Stock  
  Christian Love (Puritan Paperbacks)   $ 4.20   In Stock  
  Justification Vindicated (Puritan Paperbacks)   $ 4.44   In Stock  
  Learning in Christ's School: Babes, Children, Youth, and Fathers (Puritan Paperbacks)   $ 5.92   In Stock  
  Sinfulness of Sin (Puritan Paperbacks)   $ 6.30   In Stock  
  Apostasy from the Gospel (Puritan Paperbacks: Treasures of John Owen for Today's Readers)   $ 6.30   In Stock  
  The Shorter Catechism Explained from Scripture (Puritan Paperbacks)   $ 6.30   In Stock  
  Christian's Great Interest (Puritan Paperbacks)   $ 6.30   In Stock  
  Heaven on Earth (Puritan Paperbacks)   $ 6.30   In Stock  
  All Things for Good (Puritan Paperbacks)   $ 5.60   In Stock  
  Glorious Freedom: The Excellency of the Gospel Above the Law (Puritan Paperbacks)   $ 5.60   In Stock  
  The True Bounds of Christian Freedom   $ 5.92   In Stock  
  Great Gain of Godliness (Puritan Paperback)   $ 7.00   In Stock  
  The Secret Key to Heaven: The Vital Importance of Private Prayer (Puritan Paperbacks)   $ 7.00   In Stock  
  The Mortification of Sin (Puritan Paperbacks)   $ 6.30   In Stock  
  Acceptable Sacrifice (Puritan Paperbacks)   $ 5.60   In Stock  
  Bruised Reed (Puritan Paperbacks)   $ 4.90   In Stock  
  Holy Spirit (Puritan Paperbacks: Treasures of John Owen for Today's Readers)   $ 6.30   In Stock  
  The Glory of Christ (Puritan Paperbacks: Treasures of John Owen for Today's Readers)   $ 5.60   In Stock  
  Communion With God (Puritan Paperbacks: Treasures of John Owen for Today's Readers)   $ 6.30   In Stock  
  The Godly Man's Picture (Puritan Paperbacks)   $ 5.60   In Stock  
  Doctrine Of Repentance (Puritan Paperbacks)   $ 5.60   In Stock  
  The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment   $ 6.30   In Stock  

Item description for Christian's Great Interest (Puritan Paperbacks) by William Guthrie & W. Guthrie...

Describes in a clear and attractive style what it means to be a Christian, and how to become one. Its author William Guthrie was described by John Owen as 'one of the greatest divines that ever wrote'.

Promise Angels is dedicated to bringing you great books at great prices. Whether you read for entertainment, to learn, or for literacy - you will find what you want at!

Item Specifications...

Studio: Banner of Truth
Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.14" Width: 4.76" Height: 0.72"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 1996
Publisher   BANNER OF TRUTH #535
Edition  Reprinted  
Series  Puritan Paperbacks  
ISBN  0851513549  
ISBN13  9780851513546  

Availability  5 units.
Availability accurate as of Oct 25, 2016 08:41.
Usually ships within one to two business days from La Vergne, TN.
Orders shipping to an address other than a confirmed Credit Card / Paypal Billing address may incur and additional processing delay.

More About William Guthrie & W. Guthrie

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! William Guthrie was born in 1620 and died in 1665.

William Guthrie has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Puritan Paperbacks

Are You The Artisan or Author behind this product?
Improve our customers experience by registering for an Artisan Biography Center Homepage.

Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Evangelism > General

Christian Product Categories
Books > Theology > Systematic Theology > Soteiriology & Salvation

Similar Products

Reviews - What do customers think about Christian's Great Interest (Puritan Paperbacks)?

The Christian's Great Interest  Nov 15, 2006
How do we know whether we have a special saving interest in Jesus Christ and how can we obtain it if we find that we don't? These are the two questions William Guthrie concerns himself with in the book, "The Christian's Great Interest." This book is a classic work on assurance of salvation and evangelism by a seventeenth century Presbyterian author.

To Guthrie, how we answer the question about our salvation is of the greatest interest to all people. It is "not a vain thing because it is your life", and it is "the one thing needful." Our salvation is discernable if we examine our case from the scripture. "To the law and to the testimony if they speak not according to his word, it is because there is no truth in them." The bible commands us "examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own self", "give diligence to make your calling and election sure."

The first mark of our salvation is the experience of a preparatory work of the Law. Receiving the Spirit "unto bondage" Ro 8:15. Although many do not experience this, as those called from the womb or from early childhood (John the Baptist, Timothy) or in a "sovereign gospel" way (as Zaccheus) or on their death bed (as the theif on the cross), most people are brought low through sight of the Law, "when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died". The Holy Spirit awakens their conscience and they see they are compased about by innumerable iniquities. Jesus by his Spirit brings them through an intense internal process to make them "dead to the law" and without "confidence in the flesh" in order that they may see they are lost, sick and in need of a Physician.

The second mark is faith. Faith is the grand and only condition of the covenant of grace and the instrument of salvation. "It is of faith that it might be by grace." Therefore it is evident that he who can discover his own faith is saved. Guthrie explains that faith is not a difficult thing even though it is the "gift of God." It is not believing that you are elect or that Christ died for you or any other proposition but it is simply the hearts satisfaction with God's plan of salvation through Jesus Christ. Scripture describes the acts of faith variously as receiving, staying, believing on, desiring, thirsting, looking on, waiting and other actions that indicate faith is not primarily an act of the understanding but of the heart and the will.

The third mark is a renewed state. "If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature." Guthrie outlines the evidences of those who are new creatures. The man must be renewed in his understanding, believing and trusting in the truths of scripture. His affections must be renewed, he must have a "new heart" and he must love God and His Law. He must "yield his members servants to righteousness unto holiness." In his interests, worship, outward calling, and relations he must all be renewed. He must do all to the glory of God, "whether ye eat or drink or whatsoever ye do."

Guthrie then takes some space to contrast the attainments of hypocrites with the children of God and to address some other difficulties. Hypocrites, he says, may advance very far in religion without a true interest in Christ. They may have the "form" of godliness, they may "taste" the truth, they may even be to some extent "enlightened by the Holy Ghost" but they never choose Jesus as their soul's one satisfying choice nor are they content to make him their savior but all their outward holiness is of some base motive. He then alieves the doubts of those who fear they are excluded from the Kingdom of God because of the power of their prevailing sin. He points out to them that David confessed to God, "iniquities against me do prevail but as for our transgressions thou shalt surely purge them away" and that Paul could say he served "the law of sin" with his "flesh" but despite their sins they still delighted in the Law of God after the inward man. Next, Guthrie shows that the sensible internal operations of the Holy Spirit are the special gift of God but are not the substance of the new man.

In the second part of the book Guthrie leads those who have failed the trial of a saving interest to close with Christ. He begins this section by going through the basic tenets of Christianity. The covenant of works has failed by Adam's sin but God has graciously restored communion with man by providing a sacrifice for sin in his Son Jesus. God covenants with all those who submit themselves and their children to his ordinances and he requires them to seek salvation in Christ. Unfortunately, many in the covenant do not transact with God thusly but they flatter him with their lips, "They are not all Israel which are of Israel." This is the case with most in the Church, "strait is the gate and narrow is the way." For none can do it except they are made willing and able in the day of his power, being effectually called by the Holy Spirit.

To accept the offer of the gospel is to set aside the covenant of works, renounce self-righteousness and to choose Christ as a precious treasure sufficient for the salvation of sinners. It is the command of all those who hear the gospel to do so and none will be saved except those that do. "Ho everyone that thirsteth, come ye to the waters and he that hath no money; come ye, buy and eat." He must take to heart that the wrath of God abides on him for the very sins he is guilty of and that his only escape is through Jesus Christ, who, if he comes to him, will in no wise cast him out for, "all manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven of men."

To motivate unbelievers to so close with Christ Guthrie discloses to us some native effects of saving faith. Namely, union and communion with God. Through Jesus we have oness with God who is afflicted with our affliction and who is "touched with the feeling of our infirmities." Through Jesus we belong to God and he belongs to us and we can share intimacy with him through prayer.

Next, Guthrie succors poor sinners too afraid to acquiese to Christ with sweet promises and examples from scripture. He shows us how the saints of the bible were guilty of the most heinous sins under the most aggravating circumstances yet still found pardon. He assures us that God will forgive any one and any sin and encourages us that he will be pleased with those that come to Jesus because this is the means he has himself appointed to save sinners.

The last chapter of the book Guthrie enjoins us to make an explicit verbal covenant with God. After the pattern of many men in the bible he recommends simply expressing in words before God what is the substance of the covenant of grace. This cannot save us if we do not have a heart work (contra the Arminian invitation system) and is not necessary to salvation if we do but it will help clear up for us what our state is with God. Guthrie then gives a very thurough example of such a verbal covenant and he recommends not just taking it once but renewing it on special occasions such as after backsliding or before the Lord's Supper.

Finally, Guthrie concludes with a catechism summarizing the whole book. In the Banner of Truth Paper Back ed. there are also excerpts from some of Guthrie's sermons.
Life changing  Jan 4, 2002
Do I really believe? Can I really know? These are questions that every Christian must ask themselves, again and again. Certainty of our salvation is not just a nice thing to have, it is commanded. Peter tells Christians to make our calling and election sure. This is the entire purpose of Guthrie's book.

This book is not for the casual reader. Guthrie labors hard to show the believer, and the unbeliever, his true state, and I suspect he expected the same type of intense labor from the reader. Like many puritan writers, Guthrie's style is foreign to us today. He writes logically and completely exhausts his subject. The effect of this is that it allows the reader full certainty of the point the author was actually trying to make and it gives readers conclusive arguments for that point. However, a secondary effect is that it requires the reader to study the work intently and to really examine the evidence and conclusions the author makes.

This book is worth every bit of effort. Being sure of our salvation is not something to take lightly and an intense study of Guthrie's work will give the reader enormous insight into their own eternal condition.
Simple and Powerful  Jun 9, 2001
This is an incredible book! It's a shame so few people know about it. William Guthrie, a Scottish minister, published this, his only book in 1658. Some men only need to write one book in their entire lifetime. "The Christian's Great Interest" is one of those books. Although the reader will have to get used to some 17th-Century language and expressions, the book comes across as a generally easy read. Guthrie masterfully describes the characteristics of people who have a genuine interest in Christ. What is the evidence that a person knows Christ? Do you have doubts? What is the difference between true believers and pretenders? Guthrie answers these and many more questions. This is an essential book for all Christians.

Write your own review about Christian's Great Interest (Puritan Paperbacks)

Ask A Question or Provide Feedback regarding Christian's Great Interest (Puritan Paperbacks)

Item Feedback and Product Questions
For immediate assistance call 888.395.0572 during the hours of 10am thru 8pm EST Monday thru Friday and a customer care representative will be happy to help you!

Help us continuously improve our service by reporting your feedback or questions below:

I have a question regarding this product
The information above is incorrect or conflicting
The page has misspellings or incorrect grammar
The page did not load correctly in my browser or created an error.

Email Address:
Anti Spam Question. To combat spammers we require that you answer a simple question.
What color is the sky?
Leave This Blank :
Do Not Change This Text :

Add This Product Widget To Your Website

Looking to add this information to your own website? Then use our Product Widget to allow you to display product information in a frame that is 120 pixels wide by 240 pixels high.

    Copy and paste the following HTML into your website and enjoy!

Order toll-free weekdays 10am thru 10pm EST by phone: 1-888-395-0572 (Lines are closed on holidays & weekends.)
Customer Service | My Account | Track My Orders | Return Policy | Request Free Catalog | Email Newsletter

Gift Certificates
RSS Feeds
About Us
Contact Us
Terms Of Use
Privacy Policy