Memoirs of the Life and Writings of John Calvin

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Burton and Briggs, 1818 - Reformation - 407 pages

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Page 330 - of which they deserved to be elected, unless he had anticipated • them by his mercy. In which sense we must understand the expression of Paul, 'Who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?' •where he endeavours to shew that the goodness of God anticipates men in such
Page 321 - that it belongs to him to ordain the destiny of every people, according to his own good pleasure. * When the Most High,' says Moses, * divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to
Page 325 - the righteous of his day, by the same consideration to entertain a good hope ; ' for the Lord will not forsake his people, for his great name's sake; because it hath pleased the Lord to make you his. people*."?. ...«..^,. :.; % From the above considerations, it must appear to every impartial and reflecting mind, that,
Page 325 - of God, by .which they were adopted. The words of the prophet David contain the same idea:—' Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.
Page 259 - For though thousands were debtors to him., as touching knowledge in that kind, yet he to none, but only to God, the author of that most blessed fountain, the Book of Life, and of the admirable dexterity of wit, together with the helps of other learning which were his guides."—
Page 398 - at Calvinism, that you know what is Calvinism, and what is not: that in the mass of doctrine which it is of late become the fashion to abuse under the name of Calvinism, you can distinguish with certainty between that part of it which is nothing better than Calvinism, and that which
Page 373 - faculties, is also captive, and bound by the strongest fetters. What St. Paul also asserts, that it is God who worketh in us, both to will and to do of his good pleasure, is not to
Page 381 - With regard to the subject in hand, St. Paul observes, that God, in the Scriptures, foreseeing that he would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel, unto Abraham, saying, * In thee shall all nations be blessed.' How are we, therefore, to understand this expression, unless it be that God considers them as righteous through the medium of faith? Thus, where it is said that God
Page 218 - are also dear to him. If in defending our doctrines* we abandon moderation and Christian charity, we shall convey an impression that they are incompatible with zeal for truth, though it is their union alone which constitutes the true Christian*. * "• Men may differ from each other in many religious opinions, and yet all may retain the essentials of
Page 260 - and of glory above them, if they consented. Of what account the master of sentences was in the church of Rome, the same and more amongst the preachers of reformed churches, Calvin had purchased ; so that the perfectest divines were judged they

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