More from Ralph Venning’s Orthodox Paradoxes, 1650:
He account himself less than the least of all mercy, and yet he looks on the greatest as his due. 1 Cor. 3:21.
He knows himself to be a king, and yet refuses not to be any many servant.
He believes that he is a priest to God (Rev. 1:6); and yet he should sin if he offered a sacrifice.
He has nothing of his own, yet all things are his; he is often in wants [things he lacks] and yet still abounds.
He lives when he has no livelihood and is maintained, though he want maintenance.
When the irons entered into his soul, yet they do not touch his inward man.
He may be imprisoned, yet never deprived of liberty.
Men may kill him, but they cannot hurt him.
He may be bound hand and foot, yet cannot be hindered from walking with God.
Men may cast him out of house and home, but they can never banish him from his inheritance.
He prays that bitter cups may pass from him, yet he would not have his own will done.
He has not a will of his own and follows it, and yet he is ruled by another’s will.
He does all the good he does out of choice, and yet he cannot choose but do it.
He is never willing to be alone; yet often refuses to be with company.
He loves nothing but what he knows; and yet there is what he loves beyond what he knows.
He finds that which he seeks for, and yet keeps seeking when he has found.
He believes that he goes not to heaven for [because of] holiness; and yet he believes that cannot go there without it. Matt. 5:8.
He see reason enough why God may damn him; but he sees more reason why God should save him.
He dares not justify himself, yet cannot think that God will condemn him.
He disowns all duties he performs; and yet believes that God does own them all.
He is sometimes without bread to put in his mouth; and yet he fares deliciously everyday.
He sees God in all him providence, yet never beheld him with his eyes.
He confesses his heart sometimes commits idolatrous adultery against God and yet he believes God will never give him a bill of divorce.
He knows God’s dwelling is not with flesh, yet a heart of flesh is his habitation.
Temptations are a grief to him, and yet he rejoices though he fall into many temptations. James 1:2.
He is one that does live on earth, but he has his conversation [course of live] in heaven. Phil. 3:20
he believes that no man can be born twice, and yet he believes that every saint is born again.
He believes that there is more in Christ than he needs; yet less than all will not content him, nor serve his turn.
He believes that all other saints besides him are filled with the fullness of God, and yet he believes that himself has never the less.
He believes that no man can see God and live, yet his life is in seeing God.