Sunday, August 27, 2006

The Mentor of the Methodist Part 2

Today Fetter Lane concludes its look at Peter Bohler, a believer greatly responsible for the evangelization of John Wesley. We pick up with more entries from The Journal of John Wesley as we see the Oxford scholar and Anglican priest come to faith in Christ alone:

March 23, 1738

"I met Peter Bohler again, who now amazed me more and more by the account he gave of the fruits of living faith—the holiness and happiness which he affirmed to attend it. The next morning I began the Greek Testament again, resolving to abide by 'the law and the testimony'; I was confident that God would hereby show me whether this doctrine was of God."

April 18, 1738

"I asked P. Bohler again whether I ought not to refrain from teaching others. He said, 'No; do not hide in the earth the talent God hath given you.'"

April 26, 1738

"P. Bohler walked with me a few miles and exhorted me not to stop short of the grace of God."

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May 3-4, 1738

"Wednesday, 3.—My brother had a long and particular conversation with Peter Bohler. And it now pleased God to open his eyes so that he also saw clearly what was the nature of that one true living faith, whereby alone, 'through grace, we are saved.'
"Thursday, 4.—Peter Bohler left London in order to embark for Carolina. Oh, what a work hath God begun since his coming into England! Such a one as shall never come to an end till heaven and earth pass away."

May 24, 1738

"In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, where one was reading Luther'’s preface to the Epistle to the Romans. About a quarter before nine, while he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone, for salvation; and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death."

We know the rest of the story—this is the beginning of Wesley's Great Awakening for himself, then for others. But before Aldersgate Street there was Peter Bohler.

If God never calls you to be a John Wesley then pray to be a Peter Bohler.