The Christian Doctrine of Forgiveness of Sin; An Essay

The Christian Doctrine of Forgiveness of Sin; An Essay

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1870 edition. Excerpt: ... order. While all forgiven souls are equal in one respect, their position in another respect will be different. Equal in their inward sense of God's loving nearness, they will be different in their outward faculties and powers, and in the service which they are able to render, --the work they are able to do. Possessing different degrees of insight, energy, and love, some will preside over ten cities, some over five, and others over two. Thus may be reconciled the doctrine of Retribution, taught in the parable of the ten pounds (Luke, xix. 12), with the parable of the laborers in the vineyard (Matt, xx.); the first of which teaches that each is rewarded in proportion to his effort, while the other teaches that the man who had wrought but one hour is made equal with those who have wrought the whole day. Outwardly, in his relation to others and to the universe, each one is placed according to his fidelity; while inwardly, in their rela tion to God, all forgiven souls are equal. Thus can be reconciled Mercy and Justice, Law and Love. Thus will the Sacred Order of the universe be maintained; but all parts brought into a perfect harmony, the highest and the lowest being in fulness of sympathy and entire accordance. So will Mercy and Truth meet together, Righteousness and Peace kiss each other. 37. Objections to this Doctrine, and the Answer to them. Let us now proceed to consider some of the objections which may be urged against this doctrine. The doctrine of forgiveness immediate and entire, on the simple condition of faith, is unfavorable (it may be said) to moral effort. If we can be pardoned freely, on the condition of faith without works, it is argued that we shall not be likely to work. A similar objection appears to be taken notice of by...show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236616405
  • 9781236616401