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  1. by Thomas BostonIn your sufferings, "Consider His holiness and justice, showing he wrongs you not; His mercy and goodness, that it is not worse; His sovereignty, that it may silence you: His infinite wisdom and love, that may satisfy you in it." A spirit brought down to their lot. Their lot is a low and afflicted one; but their spirit is as low, being, through grace, brought down to it. We may take it up in these five things: (1.) They submit to it as just. Micah 7.9, “I will bear the indignation of the Lord, because I have sinned against Him.” There are no hardships in our condition, but we have procured them to ourselves; and it is therefore just that we kiss the rod, and be silent under it, and so lower our spirits to our lot. If they complain, it is of themselves; their hearts rise not up against the Lord, far less do they open their mouth against the heavens. They justify God, and condemn themselves, {72} reverencing His holiness and spotless righteousness in His proceedings against them. View the full article
  2. Question: Does a person have a choice when God deals with their heart? Response: All people without exception are called to repent and believe the gospel. God holds no one back from believing. However, due to a corruption of nature all people who hear the gospel reject it. But those whom he inwardly calls by his Holy Spirit out of all the ill-deserving sinners on earth, most willingly come to Christ. Paul declares, "we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God." 1 Cor 1:23-24 As you can see from the text, the gospel call goes out indiscriminately to all, both Jews and Gentiles... but to Jews it is a stumbling block, and to Gentiles it is folly (i.e. universal rejection) - but to THOSE WHO ARE CALLED out of these groups, the power to God... they all rejected the outward call but embraced the inward call. Make sure to notice the distinction Paul makes between the two types of calling in this Text. Likewise Jesus himself declared, "the Spirit quickens, the flesh counts for nothing ... that is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me grants it." John 6:63, 65 But in the same context of John 6 Jesus says "all that the Father gives me will come to me." John 6:37 Notice he says, ALL, not some, of those the Father gives him will come to faith in him. So let's place these two statements side by side since "grant" and "give" (vs. 37 & 65) are the same Greek word here and both sentences use the phrase "come to me": View the full article
  3. "In studying divine covenants in general, one is treading through understanding God's Redemptive Plan throughout history. This is a matter of Eternal Salvation. It answers the question: How may a sinful man approach God (Exodus 3:5)?" Herman Witsius Free aBooks Economy of the Covenants Between God and Man (eBook) by Herman Witsius A View of the Covenant of Works (eBook) by Thomas Boston A View of the Covenant of Grace (eBook) by Thomas Boston The Marrow of Modern Divinity: Modernized and Annotated (eBook) by Edward Fisher & Thomas Boston Covenant Theology: A Biblical, Theological, and Historical Study of God's Covenants (eBook) by J. Ligon Duncan The Covenants of Works and Grace (eBook) by Walter Chantry The Doctrine of the Two Covenants (eBook) by by Ezekiel Hopkins View the full article
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