Sermons on Several Occasions Volume 4

Sermons on Several Occasions Volume 4

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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. 1859 edition. Excerpt: men to his grace. 3 As lower means of grace are conferred, so proportionably less returns are expected. 4 How hard soever it may be to descry the reason of God's proceedings in this case, yet assuredly it is just; and our ignorance of it should not prejudice the belief of those general truths, which are so plainly declared, concerning Serm. the universal benignity and impartial equity of LVH. God. Obj. 3 Is it not in Holy Scripture sometimes asserted, that God doth act arbitrariously and absolutely; dispensing his bounty and mercy without regard to any quality in men, or deed committed by them, either in whole or in proportion--Godsaith, I Eom. ix. will have mercy on whom I will have mercy--and, Is Matt xx 'no lawful fr me to do what I will with mine own? 1s. Is not a plain instance of this dealing alleged by St Paul concerning Jacob and Esau, that before the children were born, or had done either good or evil, God said, The elder shall serve the Rom. ix. younger; and in regard thereto, in the Prophet, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. Mai. i. 2,3. We answer briefly, that Such expressions do import, not that God acteth absolutely in the thing itself, but quoad nos; not that he acteth without reason, but upon reasons (transcending our capacity, or our means to know Rom. xi. it) incomprehensible or undiscernible to us; not that he can give no account, but is not obliged to render any to us; that the methods of his providence commonly are inscrutable; that his proceedings are not subject to our examination and censure; that his acting doth sufficiently authorize and justify itself; that it is high presumption and arrogance for us to scan, sift, or contest, or cavil at Rom. ix. the equity or wisdom of God's acting. That God doth not act...
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  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 268g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
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  • 9781236652737