The Cause of God and Truth
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H by a day of grace are meant the means of grace, the external ministry of the word and ordinances, these are insufficient to salvation, without the efficacious grace of God ; and besides, these are not enjoyed by all mankind.
gelical repentance, which is unto life, is not in the power of man ; man, in a state of nature, has no true sense of his sins; nor will any means of themselves bring him to repentance for them, without the efficacious grace of God.
... sufficiency in his creatures ; nor do such necessarily imply that it is his will to give that wisdom he wishes for ; nor do they lay him under obligation even to afford the means of spiritual wisdom ; but as a man wishes for that ...
This external revelation of the mind of Christ, ought not to be called sufficient grace ; it is indeed the means of conveying and implanting grace, when it comes not in word only, but the Holy Ghost and with power : it is not sufficient ...
The similitudes in the parable only regard the external culture of the vineyard, and can only, at most, design the outward means of reformation, which these people enjoyed ; such as the mission of the Lord's prophets to them, ...
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The Cause of God and Truth: In Four Parts with a Vindication of Part IV
Limited preview - 2001