The Cause of God and Truth
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These words are not expressive of a day of visitation in a way of grace and mercy to him ; but are to be considered as an expostulation with him for his wrath, fury, and fallen countenance, and an upbraiding of him with his evil doing, ...
... I will let man know that I am not fluctuating between mercy and judgment, but am at a point, being determined to punish him, since he is wholly given up to carnal pleasures, when I have spared him an hundred and twenty years more.
The doctrines of election and reprobation, and of particular redemption, are represented as contrary to the general mercy and goodness of God expressed in this passage : with a view to these doctrines, it is asked by one writer,' " Why ...
... and learn to do well, to be willing and obedient,% are qualifications for the pardoning mercy of God, and conditions of obtaining it ; the promises of pardon, life, and salvation, being made to persons of such characters. But, 1.
with the context, it contains a free declaration of pardoning grace and mercy, without any conditions annexed to it ; it is not expressed in a conditional form ; it is not said, if ye cease to do evil, and learn, to do well, ...