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Cause of God and Truth The

Cause of God and Truth The

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The following sections contain a vindication of some arguments
taken from passages of Scripture in favor of particular
redemption, which Dr. Whitby calls objections to the universal
scheme, and which he attempts to answer in the first, second,
and fifth chapters of his discourse, concerning the extent of
Christ’s redemption; to which he premises the state of the
question, by showing what limitations and restrictions of our
Lord’s general redemption he cannot admit of, and in what sense
they who maintain that doctrine assert it. The distinctions of
Christ’s dying sufficiently for all, but intentionally only for the elect,
and for all if they will believe and repent, but moreover for the
elect, to procure faith and repentance for them, he rejects; and
which, for my own part, I can no more admit of than himself. He
adds positively, that Christ died equally for all, for Judas as for
Peter, though not absolutely, but conditionally, or so as that they
should be made partakers of the blessings of his salutary passion,
upon condition of their faith, repentance, and sincere obedience
to the laws of the new covenant; but did not purchase actual
pardon or reconciliation for all men, only put all men, by his death,
in a capacity of being justified and pardoned upon their
conversion and faith. On the other hand, I firmly believe that
Christ died for all the elect of God, and them only; that, by his
death, he has cured for them actual pardon, reconciliation and
salvation; and, that in consequence of the absolute and
unconditional covenant of grace being ratified and confirmed by
his b1ood, faith and repentance are bestowed upon and wrought

in these persons, not as conditions but blessings of that covenant;
in which way they are brought to the full enjoyment of that
salvation Christ has obtained for them. Which is what I undertake
to vindicate.

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