Selections from the Writings of Robert South. with a Memoir

Selections from the Writings of Robert South. with a Memoir

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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. 1867 edition. Excerpt: ...imports duty and subjection, all created beings, whether men or angels, bear the necessary and essential relation of servants to God, and, consequently, to Christ, who is God blessed for ever: and this relation is so necessary, that God himself cannot dispense with it, nor discharge a rational creature from it; for although consequentially, indeed, he may do so by the annihilation of such a creature, and the taking away his being, yet, supposing the continuance of his being, God cannot effect that a creature which has his being from, and his dependence upon him, should not stand obliged to do him the utmost service that his nature enables him to do. For to suppose the contrary would be irregular and opposite to the law of nature, which, consisting in a fixed unalterable relation of one nature to another, is, upon that account, even by God himself, indispensable. Forasmuch as having once made a creature, he cannot cause that that creature should not owe a natural relation to his Maker, both of subjection and dependence (the very essence of a creature importing so much), to which relation, if he behaves himself unsuitably, he goes contrary to his nature and the laws of it, which God, the author of nature, cannot warrant without being contrary to himself. From all which it follows, that even in our highest estate of sanctity and privilege, we yet retain the unavoidable obligation of Christ's servants, though still with an advantage as great as the obligation where the service is perfect freedom; so that, with reference to such a Lord, to serve and to be free, are terms not consistent only, but absolutely equivalent. Nevertheless, since the name of servants has of old been reckoned to imply a certain meanness of mind as well as lowness of condition, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236592506
  • 9781236592507