Excerpt from Mighty to Save: Or Christ for All the World, and All the World for Christ
There is another matter, corelative, about which it may be well here to fay a few words. A difciple of Auguftine and of Ca1v1n, 1n the doetrines already named, I am equally, and with equal abfolutenefs and unreferve their difciple in regard to man's, univerfal man's, native-born and thorough depravity, and confequent need of heart-change, by the renewing of God the Holy Spirit. I hold with them that man is utterly unable, of himfelf, to believe 3 and fo throughout. Faith, in my creed, is the gift of God, not a thing to be excogitated by us. I find both fets of doctrines in my Bible. Of the rationale of the divine Operation, I know nothing, becaufe nothing has been revealed. But, as in the other matters, I am fure that the demand from us to believe, is harmonifed in the divine plan with inability in ourfelves. Ability from Chrift by the Spirit affures me of that, ah eoeata. I cannot tell how they touch; but I believe God can, and I believe I'll know by and by. For the prefent, I apprehend our part is to hold fail the revela tion of a reconciled Father In Chrifi, an ever-interceding Lord and Saviour, our prophet, prieft, and king, and an ever-prefent God, the Holy Spirit, accompanying the word wherever preached with His gracious power.
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