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Active creation is conceived as a transitive action in which there is always presupposed an object about which the agent is concerned; it is virtually but not formally transitive because it makes, not presupposes, an object.
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Although the whole man partakes of this grace, it is first and most appropriately in the soul and later progresses to the body, inasmuch as the body of the man is capable of the same obedience to the will of God as the soul.
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An idea in man is first impressed upon him and afterwards expressed in things, but in God it is only expressed, not impressed, because it does not come from anywhere else.
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But the church cannot confer the necessary gifts for this ministry, and cannot prescribe for God those upon whom he should confer them.
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Creation is the efficiency of God whereby in the beginning out of nothing he made the world to be altogether good.
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Everyone who understands the nature of God rightly necessarily knows that God is to be believed and hoped in, that he is to be loved and called upon, and to be heard in all things.
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Faith is our life as it joins us to God. But it is also an act of life because it is a virtue and our duty towards God.
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Faith is the virtue by which, clinging-to the faithfulness of God, we lean upon him, so that we may obtain what he gives to us.
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For this is our most perfect duty and yet least known to us by nature: Whatever we conceive or will should be joined with the good of our neighbor.
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From faith, hope, and love, the virtues of religion referring to God, there arises a double act which bears on the spiritual communion exercised between God and us; the hearing of the word and prayer.
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Hearing here, therefore, means any receiving of the word of God whether it be communicated to us by preaching, reading, or any other way.
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Hearing the word is the devout receiving of the will of God.
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Hence the end of the world should be awaited with all longing by all believers.
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In contentment and joy are found the height and perfection of all love towards our neighbor.
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In the exercise of God's efficiency, the decree of God comes first. This manner of working is the most perfect of all and notably agrees with the divine nature.
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Natural worship is that which depends upon the nature of God. Even though there were no law revealed and set forth by God, if we rightly perceived and knew the nature of God by proper contemplation, with the grace of God helping, we might know all those things which pertain to our duty.
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Nothing exists from eternity but God, and God is not the matter or a part of any creature, but only the maker.
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Participation in the blessings of the union with Christ comes when the faithful have all the things needed to live well and blessedly to God.
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Sanctification is not to be understood here as a separation from ordinary use or consecration to some special use, although this meaning is often present in Scripture, sometimes referring to outward and sometimes to inward or effectual separation.
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Sanctification is the real change in man from the sordidness of sin to the purity of God's image.
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The attributes of God tell us what He is and who He is.
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The counsel of God is, as it were, his deliberation over the best manner of accomplishing anything already approved by the understanding and the will.
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The efficiency of God may be understood as either creation or providence.
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The first act of religion, therefore, concerns those things which are communicated to us from God. The other concerns those things which we yield to God.
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The good pleasure of God is an act of the divine will freely and effectively determining all things.
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The goodness of a thing created is the perfection of its fitness for the use which it serves. Now that use is either particular or universal.
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The ordaining power of God is that by which he not only can do what he wills but actually does do what he wills.
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The ordinary ministry is that which receives all of its direction from the will of God revealed in the Scriptures and from those means which God has appointed in the church for its continual edification.
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The parts of religion are two: natural worship and voluntary or instituted worship.
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The relative property of the Son is to be begotten, that is, so to proceed from the Father as to be a participant of the same essence and perfectly carry on the Father's nature.
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The starting point of sanctification is the filthiness, corruption, or stain of sin.
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The will of God is eternal because He does not begin to will what He did not will before, nor cease to will what He willed before.
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The will of God is single and totally one in Him.
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The world has not been in existence from eternity nor could it have been according to the present dispensation and ordering of things.
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The worship which directs itself toward God as our good regards him either as he is ours at present, in faith, or as he is to be ours, in hope.
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Therefore, the church is not absolutely necessary as an object of faith, not even for us today, for then Abraham and the other prophets would not have given assent to those things which were revealed to them from God without any intervening help of the church.
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Therefore, the righteousness of Christ is imputed to believers in justification.
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This subsistence, or manner of being of God is his one essence so far as it has personal properties.
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