Richard Sibbes (1577-1635) was a Christian
minister regarded as one of the most significant preachers of the
Puritan period. His ministry is especially associated with Cambridge
and London. He became known as ‘the heavenly Doctor’ (due
to his godly preaching and heavenly manner of life) and ‘the
sweet dropper’ (because of the confidence and joy to which his
sermons gave rise). It was of him that the famous comment was made,
‘Heaven was in him, before he was in heaven’.
Poverty of spirit should accompany us all our life long, to let us see
that we have no righteousness of our own to sanctification; that all
the grace we have is out of ourselves, even for the performance of
every holy duty. For though we have grace, yet we cannot bring that
grace into act without new grace; even as there is a fitness in trees
to bear fruit, but without the influence of heaven they cannot.
The whole life of a
Christian should be nothing but praises to God.
Having given up ourselves to God, let us comfort our souls that God is
our God. When riches, and men, and our lives fail, yet God is ours
… We have an everlasting being with him, as one with Jesus
Christ his Son.
Sin is not so sweet in
the committing as it is heavy and bitter in the reckoning.
Even as the true soul that is touched with the Spirit, desires nearer
and nearer communion with Christ; so he seeks nearer and nearer
communion with his spouse, by all sanctified means. Christ hath never
enough of the soul. He would have them more and more open to him.
God is never nearer his
church than when trouble is near.
We should watch and labour daily to continue in prayer, strengthening
and backing them with arguments from the word and promises, and marking
how our prayers speed. When we shoot an arrow, we look to the fall of
it; when we send a ship to sea, we look for the return of it; and when
we sow seed, we look for a harvest; and so when we sow our prayers into
God’s bosom, shall we not look for an answer, and observe how we
‘I commend and
bequeath my soul into the hands of my gracious Saviour, who hath
redeemed it with his most precious blood, and appears now in heaven to
(the beginning of his will and testament, dictated the day before he