Contemplations, Moral and Divine; To Which Is Prefixed, an Account of His Life and Death

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 284 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1763. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... it'is an evident indication that it is not yet truly united unto Christ by true faith and love; his grace is sussicient to preserve us, and always ready to do it, if we do not wilfully neglect or reject it. THE KNOWLEGE O F CHRIST Crucified. Part I1. IN what precedes, we have considered the advantages and benesits, which, together with Christ, we receive, relating to a Christian's estate in his lise in this world, and in his passage out of it. The last act of his being here, if it may be called an act, is his death. And therein we have considered the victory of Christ over death, and the transserring of the advantages of that victory to us; whereby the sear of death, and the damage of death are-removed: and that which was besore the curse of our nature, is become our gain: not simply in Jtself; but in relation to what follows after it, viz. The state and condition of the foul and body after death: which is next to be considered. Such is the absolute persection of God, that he hath his blessedness and self-sussiciency with himself. He is eternally full of his own goodness, which is essentially the fame with himself, an insinite good commensurate to aa an infinite desire, and always present. So that nothing without himself adds any thing to him, or is desired by him, in relation to his blessedness. All good comes from him, and returns into him, as into that ocean from whence it moved. But all dependent beings, as they have not their being from themselves, but from God; so they have not their blessedness or happiness essentially in themselves, because not from themselves. They are veslels receptive of their good, from him that is the Author of their being potential beings, not pure acts: that are constituted in such a degree, that they are rather passive in recei...

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Sir Matthew Hale (1609-1676), lawyer and jurist, retired as lord chief justice of England. Charles M. Gray is professor emeritus of history at the University of Chicago, the author or coauthor of several books, and a former coeditor of the Journal of Modern History.

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