A Treatise Concerning Heaven and Hell: Containing a Relation of Many Wonderful Things Therein, as Heard and Seen by the Author (Classic Reprint)
Author: Emanuel Swedenborg
Publisher: Forgotten Books
Release Date: October 15, 2018
Excerpt from A Treatise Concerning Heaven and Hell: Containing a Relation of Many Wonderful Things Therein, as Heard and Seen by the Author
Secondly, As to what is alleged for the fufiiciency of the ordinary means of grace under a legal eftablifhment of religion for faith and falvation, may we not afk fuch bold pronouncers, by what commifiion they take upon them to determine con cerning fufiiciency in this matter, and who gave authority to teach, that the Lord is become more fparing of his benefits and gifts to his church than in former times, nay, than He has promifed to be towards it; or do they fuppofe, that what is called an efiablifhment of religion by the civil powers, is equi valent to the extraordinary gifts befiowed on the primitive Chri Itians? Wherefore fhould they go about to 'limit the loving kindnefs of the Lord by their own fcanty meafure of fufiiciency, fince it is his ufual way to give not only for mere necefiity, but alfo for delec'tation; his gracious attribute, not only to be good, but abundant in goodnefs in all his works both of nature and grace, where men render not themfelves unqualified for the fame: and He that giveth one talent, is as ready to beftow te-u talents on adue improvement of the former; for �0 He giveth Igrace for grace.
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