Origines Ecclesiasticae; In Nine Volumes Volume 4

Origines Ecclesiasticae; In Nine Volumes Volume 4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1844 edition. Excerpt: ...concludes, " that the Spirit's helping and teaching them to pray as they ought, could not mean his helping them to new words and expressions; for both the apostle, and they to whom he wrote, were well acquainted already with the Lord's Prayer, so that there could be no want of the Spirit's assistance in that respect. But the want was this: men are commonly ignorant of the real benefit of temporal tribulation and affliction, which tends either to cure the tumour of pride, or exercise and try men's patience, and crown it with a greater reward, or else to chastise and abolish such other sins as they are subject to. Men being ignorant of these advantages, are usually most inclined to ask a perfect freedom and immunity from temporal affliction; but the Spirit corrects this ignorance, and helps this infirmity, and teaches men rather to ask patience of God, and submission to his will, that they may not think themselves neglected of God, though he do not remove such afflictions, but with a devout and pious patience hope for greater good arising from them." This is St. Austin's exposition of that famous passage of the apostle, concerning the assistance of the Spirit in prayer; by which he is so far from derogating from the Lord's Prayer, as void of the Spirit, that he supposes the very knowledge of it to be antecedently a work of the Spirit. And he says furthery, " that when men believe, and hope, and desire, and consider the things they ask of God in the Lord's Prayer, they are then qualified with those graces of the Spirit, faith, hope, and charity, which are necessary to bring a pious votary to God."' Men that say such things as these of the Lord's Prayer, could not conceive any mean thing about it, derogatory to the spirit...show more

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  • Paperback | 234 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 426g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123684310X
  • 9781236843104