The Cause of God and Truth
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No man can be justified or saved by his works, and therefore no man can be accepted with God on that account ; which is the current doctrine of the sacred writings : this will help us to understand the true sense of such passages, ...
He may also be in some persons by his gifts natural or divine, and that either m an ordinary or in an extraordinary way, or by some operations of his on the mind; which are not of a saving nature, nor designed to a saving purpose ...
It may be asked whether the old world had a day of grace, § and so all mankind, in which they might be saved if they would ; during which time the Spirit strives with man ; and when that is expired he strives no longer. 1.
As for those scriptures which represent God as willing all men, to be saved,f and not willing that any should perish, they will be considered in their proper places. 2. It might seem repugnant to these decrees, and to imply hypocrisy ...
... to which conduct and behaviour God acts towards him, both in this and the other world ; his state, as to happiness or misery, being yet unfixed : so that whilst this state lasts, it is uncertain whether he will he saved or lost.