What lessons we need day by day to teach us anything aright, and how it is for the most part, “line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little.” O, what slow learners! – what dull, forgetful scholars! – what ignoramuses! – what stupid blockheads! – what stubborn pupils! Surely no scholar at a school, old or young, could learn so little of natural things as we seem to have learned of spiritual things after so many years instruction – so many chapters read – so many sermons heard – so many prayers put up so much talking about religion. How small, how weak is the amount of growth, compared with all we have read and heard and talked about! But it is a mercy that the Lord saves whom He will save – and that we are saved by free grace – and free grace alone!
J. C. Philpot (1802 – 1869)