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COMPLETION OF THE ARGUMENT. Shall the Grace of God prove Effectual and Sufficient for the Salvation of All, or shall it be Partially Bestowed ?
ANSWER. Ye Knew the Grace of God in TRUTH.'--PAUL. The GRACE OF God bringeth Salvation to ALL MEN.' --- Titus ii. 11.
"BY THE GRACE OF God, he tasted death for EVERY MAN.'---Heb. ii. 9.
•Where Sin abounded, GRACE did much more abound.'... Rom. v. 20.
(xi. 32. That He might have Mercy (GRACE) upon ALL.'---Rom.
As Sin hath reigned unto death, Even so might GRACE reign through righteousness unto eternal life, by Jesus Christ our Lord.'---Rom. v. 21.
• All have sinned and come short of the glory of God, but are justified Freely by His GRACE.'---Rom. iii. 24.
•Where is boasting then? It is EXCLUDED. By what law? Of works ? NAY, but by the law of faith. There*fore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. Is He the God of the Jews only, and not the God of the Gentiles? [Is He a Respector of Nations, any more than of Persons ?] Yes, He is the Lord of the Gentiles also : Seeing it is one God which shall judge the Circumcision By faith, and the Uncircumcision THROUGH faith.'—Rom. iii. 20--30.
"God is able to make All Grace abound toward You, that Ye shall have All Sufficiency in All Things.'—2 Cor. ix. 8.
The New and Better Covenant of God's Universal Grace, is called emphatically, 'THE GOSPEL OF THE GRACE OF GOD,' in contradistinction from all empty, Partialistic, narrow, faith-and-work systems of human devisings; while, at the same time, it does not weaken but strengthen the force of the great truth, which itself, as well as all nature, reason, experience, and even pagan philosophy, teaches, that good works are necessary and indispensable to the happiness and salvation of this life, even without reference to the existence of a future one. This doctrine of the Divine Grace, does not proclaim impunity or pardon to the transgressor, but simply teaches that, separate from the inequalities of time, and beyond and independent of the doings of this life, and the dispensation of Rewards and Punishments, there comes a period when the Reign of Love shall have overcome and over-abounded the whole extent of Evil, and transformed the universal mass of soul into its own beautiful likeness:--Is it not evident that if the Grace of God is sufficient for the resurrection of one dead soul to the divine life, especially the very chief,' that it is also adequate to the regeneration of any indefinite number, and even of all that are created ?
It is indeed almost marvellous that men should limit the extent and nature of the Grace of God, in the face of so much testimony as is contained in the New Testament 10 its amplitude and gloriousness. So many expressions like these, 'the Manifold Grace of God,''the Exceeding Grace of God,''the Abundant' and the Exceeding Abundant Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,''the Riches,' the Exceeding Rich. es,' and 'the Unsearchable Riches of His Grace,' the Grace by which we are · Freely justified,' and which superabounds the blight of Sin, &c., such expressions, I say, so frequently occurring,ought to make us believe and think more worthily of the Divine character and Purposes.
“When humbly I recall,
And see in him of All,
I feel that He,
will never let,
Thus in the stilly night,
Remembrance brings the light,
PROPOSITION FIFTEENTH. The Redemption and Blessedness of Man is not the Fruit of
his own Earning, and not directly dependent upon the Works of this Life, but is a Free, Impurchasable, and Impartial GIFT, of the God of Salvation.
PROOFS. • Thou hast thought that The Gift of God may be Purchased.'-Acts.
Thus saith the Lord, Ye have sold yourselves for naught, and Ye shall be Redeemed WITHOUT MONEY.'—Isa. lii. 3.
'Ho! Every One that thirsteth, Come Ye to the Waters, AND HE THAT HATH NO MONEY: Come Ye, buy and eat,yea, Come buy wine and milk, WITHOUT MONEY AND WITHOUT PRICE.'-Isa. lv. 1.
“The GIFT [not 'Offer'] of God, is Eternal Life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.'-Rom. vi. 23.
This is the Record, that God hath GIVEN to us Eternal Life through His Son.'-1 John v. 11.
“Him hath God exalted with His right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to [offer?] GIVE Repentance to Israel, and Remission of Sins.'-Acts v. 31.
•No man can come unto Me, [said the Redeemer,) except it were GIVEN him of My Father.'---John vi. 65.
A man can receive nothing, except it be GIVEN him from heaven.'---John iii. 27.
"A New Heart and One Way also will I GIVE You.'... Ezek. xxxvi. 26; xi. 19; Jer. xxxii. 39; xxiv. 7.
"The world is all-sufficient for itsell,
The Folly of Hoping for Salvation from any but God.
Truly, in vain is Salvation hoped for from the hills, or from the multitude of mountains : Truly, in the Lord God is the Salvation of Israel. -Jer. iii. 23. Consider the work of God : for who [but Himself,] can
make that straight, which He hath made crooked ?-Eccl. vii. 13.
*Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils, for wherefore is he to be accounted of??-Isa. ii. 22.
Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart [confidence] departeth from the Lord ; - :- but, Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord.'---Jer. xvii. 5, 7.
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COMPLETION OF THE ARGUMENT. Is this Glorious Gift a Universal or Partial One ? or shall Any be Eternally Excluded from its Participation?
ANSWER. Christ, the Bread of Life, cometh down from heaven, and ['offereth, on conditions'?] GIVETH Life unto THE WORLD.'---John vi. 33.
«The Bread that I will GIVE is my flesh, which I WILL GIVE for the Life of THE WORLD.'---John vi. 51.
Thou hast given him power over All Flesh, that he should GIVE Eternal Life to as many as Thou hast given him.'---John xvii. 2.
That the Gentiles should be Fellow-Heirs of the same Body, and Partakers of His PROMISE in Christ, by the Gospel, according to THE GIFT OF THE GRACE OF God.'-.. Eph. iii. 7.
Not ONLY as the Offence, So is THE FREE GIFT.--For if through the offence of one, Many [MANKIND] be dead, MUCH MORE, the Grace of God, and THE GIFT BY GRACE, hath abounded unto Many,' [MANKIND.]---Rom. v. 15.
“And not as it was by one that sinned so [merely] is THE GIFT. For the judgment was by one soffence, only,] to condemnation ; but THE FREE GIFT is of Many, (the Mass, MULTITUDE of] Offences, unto justification.'---v. 16.
For, if by one man's disobedience, Death (universal] reigned by one, MUCH MORE THEY, [the universally dead, receiving ABUNDANCE OF GRACE, and of THE GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, shall reign in Life by one,' (Christ Jesus.) ---Rom. v. 17.
Therefore, As, by the offence of one, judgment came upon All Men, to Condemnation: Even So, by the Righteousness of One, THE FREE GIFT O CAME UPON ALL MEN, unto Justification of Life.'---Rom. v. 18.
"God GAVE them, [the Unbelieving,] the like GIFT as He did unto us who believed.'---Acts xvii. 17.
"If ye do [the Lord doeth] good to them which do good to you, (Him, only,] what reward (glory] have ye, [hath He ?] for sinners also do even the same. And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to Receive, [only,] what thank have Ye? for Sinners also lend to sinners, when they Receive as much again.'---Luke vi. 33, 34.
What man is there, whom, if his son ask bread, he will Give a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will Give him a serpent? If men, then, being evil, know how to Give Good Gifts unto their children, HOW MUCH MORE shall our Father which is in heaven, (who is Good, 1 GIVE Good Things to them that ask Him.'---Mat. vii. 9--11. “And our heavenly Father Tunlike human parents,] knoweth what things we have need of before we ask him.'.--vi. 8.
"God GIVETH [to the elect only?] to All Men liberally, and upbraideth not,' (that we cannot earn His Gifts.]--Jas.i.5.
When Jesus commissioned his Disciples to commence the great work of preaching the Glad News of his Salvation to every people and every creature, giving them power to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, and cast out devils, (the physical in the Scriptures is figurative also of the spiritual ;) he commanded them, Freely ye have received, FREELY GIVE!'---Mat. x. 1, 8.
•No man can come unto me, except the Father which sent me draw him; - - And it is written in the Prophets, They ALL SHALL be taught of God.'---John vi. 44, 45.
'If they which are of the law, [the obedient, only,] be Heirs, Faith (the word Trust is a much nearer approximation to the sense of the original here, and in many other places of Paul's epistles, especially when he writes of The Promise,] is made void, and THE PROMISE made of none effect. -- Therefore it is of Trust, that it might be by GRACE,