One of my favorite names in Christian history is Octavius Winslow. Octavius Winslow was a Reformed Baptist contemporary of Charles Spurgeon. The following is a brief biography of this 19th Century pastor.
Octavius Winslow, 1808-1878, descended from Edward Winslow, a Pilgrim leader who braved the Atlantic to come to the
Winslow was ordained as a pastor in 1833 in
Winslow wrote more than forty books, in which he promoted an experimental knowledge of the precious truths of God.
That last comment I love – ‘an experimental knowledge of the precious truths of God’. What does that mean? It means that the truths of God’s word, particularly about the saving work of Jesus Christ, are so soaked into our lives that our thoughts come alive with the implications of grace. This week let me share an example of experimental knowledge with you from the writings of Octavius Winslow, courtesy of the brothers at First Importance.
“So completely was Jesus bent upon saving sinners by the sacrifice of Himself, He created the tree upon which He was to die, and nurtured from infancy the men who were to nail Him to the accursed wood.”
Octavius Winslow, “The Foot of the Cross”)
Such is the love of the Savior for us. Such is the stuff of experiential knowledge of the precious truths of God.