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ing ages, none ever faid absolutely, and in express terms, that Christ died only for the elect ; yet it does not follow, but that some might say it, in other terms and words equivalent, of the same signification, and which amounted to the same fense. It must be owned, thac Monsieur Daille has collected a large number of testimonies indeed; but when it is consider'd, that multitudes of them are only expressed in Scripture language, and so capable of the same sense the fcriptures are ; others regard men of all sorts, ranks, and degrees ; ochers Yews and Gentiles; others the sufficiency of Christ's death for all.

and others, some general benefit by it, as the resurrection of the dead, their number will be greatly reduced, and very few left to be of any service to the cause for which they are brought; besides, it will be made to appear in the following Numbers, that the Antients often describe the persons for whom Christ died by such characters as cannot agree with all men, .

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NUM B. I.

CLEMENS ROM ANUS.

A. D. 69.

Cle
"Lement, as he believed there was a cer-

tain number of elect persons, which has been proved in the preceding chapter, so he plainly intimates, that these are the persons for whom Christ shed his blood; for having observed, that all the eleet of God are made nothing is well pleasing to God; in love the S Lord assumed us to himself; because of the love which Christ our Lord hach towards us, -* το αιμα αυτο εδωκεν υπερ ημων, be bath given his blood for us, his flesh for our flesh, and his soul for our fouls.The sense of which is manifestly this, that the persons for whose fake Christ assumed human nature, and shed his precious blood, are the elect of God, and such who have a special and peculiar share in the love of Christ. And besides his saying ', that the blood of Christ was given, UTég near, for us, he restrains redemption to them that have faith and hope in God; for speaking of the spies that came into Rabab's house, ordering her to hang out a scar

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let thread, thereby, says he, “ Making it (3 manifeft, στι δια τα αιματος κυριε λυτρωσις εται

πασι τοις πιςευσιν και ελπιζεσιν επι τον Θεον, , that through the blood of the Lord there should be redemption for all those that believe and bope in God." Monsieur Daille a has cited a passage from this writer in favour of general redemption, which is this, “ Let us, says

Clement, look to the blood of Christ, and * see how precious his blood is to God, which

being shed for our salvation, travl TW x00μω μετανοίας χαριν υπενεγκεν, bath brought the grace of repentance to all the world.But his meaning is evidently this, that the blood of Christ shed for the salvation of finners has laid a foundation for the preaching of the doctrine of repentance in all ages of the world; for he goes on to instance in the preaching of Noab to che old world; of yonab to the Ninevites ; and in God's declarations of his regard to repenting finners in the times of Isaiab and Ezekiel, which he closes with this observation, “ Travies 81 785 αγαπάτες αυ1ο βολομενος μετανοίας μεταχειν, God therefore willing that bis beloved ones Mould partake of repentance.In which he suggests, that God's grand design in having the doctrine of repentance preached in all ages was, that those who were the objects

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of his love might be brought unto it; which is so far from militating against, that ic is a confirmation of the doctrine of special grace and redemption through the blood of Christ.

NU MB. II.

BARNAB AS. A. D. 70.
B Arnabas was a Levite, of the country

of Cyprus, and a companion of the Apostle Paul; there's an epistle extant which goes under his name, and is thought to have been written after the destruction of the temple at Jerusalem, and about A. D. 70 d. in which he not only says, that "the Son of God being Lord, and who also lhall judge the quick and the dead, επαθεν να η πληγη αυθα Çworoinon nueas, suffered, that by his stripes he might quicken us; that he could not suffer, u un dra npeas, but for us; and that he offered the vessel of the Spirit a - facrifice, UTTES Tar nueslepey auaplıww, for our fins; buc also introduces Christ thus speaking of his sufferings, “ I see that I shall offer

my

flesh, υπες αμαρτιων τε λα τα καιν8, for the tns of tbe new people; ” meaning a special and pe

c Acts iv. 36.
d Vid. Fabřitii Bibl. Graec. 1. 4. c. 5. p. 173.
e Par. 1. $ 6. p. 223.
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culiar

" Ib. p. 224 :

culiar people that should be taken out from among the Gentiles under the New Testament dispensacion, called a new people, to diftinguish them from God's antient people

the Jews.

NUMB. III.

IGNATIUS. A. D. 110.

never expressions when he speaks of the suffer, ings and death of Christ; but either says , that he suffered, unes nuewo, di nuas. for us, that we might be saved; or UTES auaplicar muar, for our fins; and sometimes describes the persons he means, as when he says ", that * Jesus Christ died for us, we maseUOQYTES εις τον θανατον αυθα, το αποθανείν εκφυγηθε, that believing in his death, you may escape dying." And in another place he says , chat “ Jesus is n Swv 756, the life of believers.Monsieur Daille has not attempted to give us one instance for general redemption out of this writer, nor the former,

& Ignat. Ep. ad Smyrn. p. 2, 5. ad Polycarp. p. 12. ad Ephel. p. 17. ad Rom. P. 59.

Ep. ad Tralles. p. 47. Ep. ad Roman. P. 59.

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