Dogmatical Meditation

“Dogmatical Meditation is when we exercise our selves in the Doctrines of the Word, and consider how Truths known may be useful to us. It differeth from Study, partly in the mantonObject, Study is conversant about a thing unknown in whole or in part, Rom. 12.2. That ye may prove what is that good and acceptable, and perfect will of God; but Meditation is an Act of Knowledge reiterated, or a return of the mind to that point, to which it arrived before, it is the inculcation or whetting of a known Truth, the pawse of Reason on something already conceived and known, or a calling to remembrance what we know before. Partly in the end, the end of Study is Information, but the end of Meditation is Practice, or a work upon the Affections, Ioshua 1.8. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein. Study is like a Winters Sun, that shineth, but warmeth not; but Meditation is like the blowing up of the Fire, where we do not mind the blaze, but the heat. The Fruit of Study is to hoard up Truth, but the Fruit of Meditation is to practise it: Curious Inquiries have more of the Student in them, than the Christian. In Study we are rather like Vintners, that take in Wines to store themselves for Sale; in Meditation we are like Private Men, that buy Wine for our Use and Comfort: A Vintners Cellar may be better stored than a Noblemans, but he hath it for others Use. The Student may have more of Notion and Knowledge, his Cellar may be fuller, but he hath it not for tast and necessary refreshment as the Christian hath.” – Thomas Manton

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