Archive | June 6, 2017

God Gives Strength To Do What He Requires

Thomas Watson, Body of Divinity (1838 ed.), p. 357:

God gives strength to do what he requires. The law called for obedience; but though it required brick, it gave no straw; but in the gospel, God, with his commands, gives power, Ezek. xviii. 31, “Make you a new heart.” Alas! it is above our strength; we may as well make a new world, Ezek. xxxvi. 26, “I will give you a new heart.” God commands to cleanse ourselves, Isa. i. 16, “Wash you, make you clean.” “But who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean?” Job xiv. 4. Therefore the precept is turned into a promise, Ezek. xxxvi. 25, “From all your filthiness will I cleanse you.” When the child cannot go, the nurse takes it by the hand, Hos. xi. 3, “I taught Ephraim also to go, taking them by their arms.”

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/why-does-limited-atonement-matter.87650/page-3, Comment 69

Grace to Believe There is Love

Robert Traill (The Throne of Grace), Works 1:205-206:

Grace helps in affliction, by enabling the afflicted to believe, that there is love in the afflicter. He saith it, Rev. 3:19, As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten; and he can make us believe it. Nothing but his mighty grace can do it. Nothing is liker anger than affliction, especially when severe. Nothing is more difficult to believe, than that which, to all our sense and reason, is ruining to us, should be in love in him that doth it. Who can believe this without the help of grace? and how great must that help be, that enableth a man to believe so unlikely a thing?

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/grace-to-believe-there-is-love.91038/, Comment 1