Revealed Religion Expounded by Its Relations to the Moral Being of God

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General Books LLC, 2009 - History - 56 pages
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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. 1884. Excerpt: ... LECTURE III. THE REDEMPTION OF MAN THE COMPLETE EXPO-NENT OF THE PRINCIPLE THAT LOVE IS THE BEING OF GOD. i. The connection of the Christian doctrine of the redemption of man with the truth as to the Being of God to which Holy Scripture directs us, is in itself sufficiently obvious. Redemption is indeed expounded, both by Christ Himself and by His apostles, as the one signal and sufficient evidence of God's love to man. "God so loved the world," Jesus Christ said,44 "that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth on him should not perish but have eternal life." "Herein is the love manifested in us, that God hath sent his only begotten Son into the world that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that God loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins."4S It is "St. John III. 16. i St. John IV. 9; cf. also Rom. V. 8; Ephes. I. 5 to 7; Rev. I. 5, etc. 60 needless to multiply passages. And yet a preliminary difficulty here presents itself on the very threshold of our inquiry, which it is necessary carefully to consider, in order to exhibit the whole scheme of Christian faith and doctrine, as consistent with itself. For how can the same word be used, --one the special force of which, as we have seen, is so exactly determined, --when Holy Scripture speaks of the love of God to His only begotten Son, "in whom he is well pleased," and of His love for a world which is by nature alienated from God, and the course of which is opposed to the will of God? What is the meaning of mankind being by nature " children of wrath," and yet at the same time so specially the objects of the love of God, that He spared not His only begotten Son that they might live through Him? It is, indeed, the very first moral difficul...

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