The Everlasting Punishment of the Ungodly, Illustrated and Evinced to Be a Scripture Doctrine

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 270 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. 1786 edition. Excerpt: ...but the utmost propriety in it. He adds, "if any can bring themselves to embrace a fense of this passage, that is attended with so gross an absurdity, I see not but they are prepared to make the scripture speak what they please." Why so harsh and hasty a censure? In the two sides of a comparison, whether of men or things, there may be more in number of one character and denomination, than in the other; and yet the word all, may with the greatest-propriety be applied to describe and comprehend the whole in each character and denomination, in the two sides compared. Thus if you compare the saved and lost of mankind by their distinguishing character, and say, all men that believe shall be saved; and all men that believe not shall be damned; the all men applied to the sirst part, is as properly used, though this writer says they are sew, as in the other part, which he supposes to be many more. So in this text the judgment through the offence may come upon all men universally, and the justification of lise may come upon all believers in Christ as universally; and the term all men may with strictest propriety be applied to both sides of the comparison. For different subjects are treated of in the comparison, Adam and Christ, with the influence of their transactions in respect to mankind. And essentially different things are predicated of the one and the other, condemnation comes to all his natural posterity by his offence, but justification of lise comes to all who are Christ's, "to all his believing seed" as universally, through the world. However, as the term all men, in this last part, hath induced others besides this writer, to a construction of this paragraph, which it will by no means bear, as Dr. Doddridge hath observed i I...

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Stephen Johnson is a regular contributor to Gramophone and The Independent. He lives in London.

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