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Augustine (354-430) on why God makes sheep of some, and not others


“But wherefore does God make these men sheep, and those not, since with Him there is no acceptance of persons? This is the very question which the blessed apostle thus answers to those who propose it with more curiosity than propriety, “O man, who are you that repliest against God?

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Basil the Great (c. 329-379) and Gregory of Nyssa (c. 335-395): We may know the attributes of God, but not His essence


Basil the Great (c. 329-379), in Letter 234, argues that we cannot know God in his essence, as he is in himself, since he infinitely transcends us and dwells in light inapproachable. 605 more words

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Basil the Great (c. 329-379) on the distinction between οὐσία and ὑπόστασις



“The distinction between οὐσία (ousia=essence/substance) and ὑπόστασις (hypostasis=person) is the same as that between the general and the particular; as, for instance, between the animal and the particular man.

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Robert Rollock (c. 1555-1599) on the imputation of Christ's righteousness in the covenant of grace


“IN the free Covenant of Grace, or of the gospel, the first ground is our Mediator Jesus Christ, crucified also, and dead; or, which is the same in effect, the blood of the Mediator, the virtue whereof is twofold.

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Francis Roberts (1609-1675) on how the sacraments confirm the New Covenant unto us


How do the two sacraments – Baptism and the Lord’s Supper – confirm the New Covenant unto us? Francis Roberts (1609-1675) discusses this question in his work… 1,147 more words

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John Preston (1587-1628): No man will repent and believe, unless the Holy Spirit enable him


John Preston’s (1587-1628) work The Breastplate of Faith and Love consists of 18 sermons on Romans 1:17, 1 Thessalonians 1:3, and Galatians 5:6. The following is an excerpt from his second sermon on 1 Thessalonians 1:3, p. 1,817 more words

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William Perkins (1558–1602) on the efficacy of the Sacraments

In his polemical work A Reformed Catholic, William Perkins (1558–1602) discusses the differences between Reformed and Roman Catholic theology, arguing that the Reformed are the “true catholics”. 1,761 more words

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