Heaven Opened, Richard & Joseph Alleine, paperback

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''A thorough, typical Puritan exposition of the covenant of grace, this volume views the covenant in relation to the Father (ch. 1), the Son (ch. 2), the Spirit (ch. 3), the earth (ch. 4), the angels (ch. 5), the devils (ch. 6), death (ch. 7), the kingdom (ch. 8), the means of grace (ch. 9), the new birth and sanctification (chapters 10-15), and perseverance (ch. 16).
The book concludes with two chapters on the covenant by Joseph Alleine (chapters. 17-18) and personal exhortations to saints and sinners vis-à-vis the covenant (chapters. 19-21) . . . . He is most renowned for his four volume work, Vindication of Godliness (1663-1668), which deserves wider attention'' - Dr. J. R. Beeke

This book deals with the ''promises of the covenants.'' Alleine introduces the reader to that grandest of themes with these words: ''Good news from heaven! The Dayspring from on high has visited the undone world! After a deluge of sin and mercy, behold the bow in the cloud. The Lord God has made and established a New Covenant, and this it is that has cast the first beam on the dark state of lost and fallen man, and has brought life and immortality to light. This covenant is the hope of sinners, the riches of the saints. [It is] the magna charta of the city of God; the forfeited lease of eternity renewed; God’s deed of gift, in which He has granted sinners their lives and has settled on the saints an everlasting inheritance  . . . which, if you lay hold of it will recover all you have lost, ransom you from death, redeem you from hell, and advance you to a more sure and blessed condition than the original state from which you have fallen.''

''I will be their God'' (Jer. 31:33). He is the friend and the portion of the saints. Alleine tells us that ''All the raptures and ecstasies of the glorious joy of the saints in the other world break in on them from their vision of God'' as the height and depth and length and breadth of Jesus Christ, their God and Savior, or He is ''a height without a top, a depth without a bottom, a length without limits, and a breadth without bounds.''

Like his more famous brother, Joseph, Richard Alleine (1611-1681) was educated at Oxford and ejected from the ministry in 1662. He continued to preach in private homes and subsequently in nearby Frome Selwood. 148 pages

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