That line was originally from Maurice Grant’s biography of Richard Cameron. I was reminded of it when reading Murray’s bio of Lloyd-Jones. It was the summer of 1949 and Murray describes MLJ as going through “a complete agony of soul” (208). MLJ even went so far to say he “was deeply conscious of the devil’s presence in his room” and felt “a sense of evil in the room.”
Then God ministered to him upon his seeing a page of [A.W.] Pink and the word “glory–instandly, ‘like a blaze of light,’ he felt the very glory of God surround him…The love of God was ‘shed abroad in his heart.’ The nearness of heaven and his own title to it became overwhelming certainties and, at once, he was brought into a state of ecstasy and joy which remained with him several days
MLJ goes on to describe similar experiences of the Puritans:
William Guthrie: It is a thing better felt than spoke of. It is no audible voice, but it is a ray of glory filling the soul with God.”
Thomas Goodwin: “There is light that cometh and over-powereth a man’s soul and assureth him that God is his, and he is God’s.”
Robert Bruce: “No sooner had a leapt upon my horse but the gates of heaven were cast open to me.”
Similar experiences are recorded by John Flavel and Christmas Evans. Jack Deere asserts, though he admits he could not find documentation, that Lloyd-Jones’ The Puritans documents how Sarah Edwards was “transported across the room.” I am currently looking for that documentation. If it exists, it would be in Edwards’ works on revival. It is documented, however, that Sarah “lay prostrate for 19 days.” The problem with the “transportation” claim is that sceptics like Perry Miller would have had a field day with it, and yet I don’t recall Miller making much of it (but then again, Edwards historiography has come a long way since Miller).