The Works (Volume 12)
by John Owen
ISBN 0217764843 (0-217-76484-3)
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Softcover, General Books LLC, 2011
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Book summary: Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1853. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IV. Of the attribution of passions and affections, anger, fear, repentance, unto God-- In what sense it is done in the Scripture. His next inquiry about the nature of God respects the attribution of several affections and passions unto him in the Scriptures, of whose 6ense and meaning he thus expresseth his apprehension:-- Ques. Are there not, according to the perpetual tenor of the Scriptures, affections and passions in Ood, as anger, fury, zeal, wrath, love, hatred, mercy, grace, jealousy, repentance, grief, joy, fear f Concerning which he labours to make the Scriptures determine in the affirmative. 1. The main of Mr Biddle's design, in his questions about the nature of God, being to deprive the Deity of its distinct persons, its omnipresence, prescience, and therein all other infinite perfections, he endeavours to make him some recompense for all that loss by ascribing to him in the foregoing query a human visible shape, and in this, human, turbulent affections and passions. Commonly, where men will not ascribe to the Lord that which is his due, he gives them up to assign that unto him which he doth abhor, Jer. xliv. 15-17. Neither is it easily determinable whether be the greater abomination. By the first, the dependence of men upon the true God is taken off; by the latter, their hope is fixed on a false. This, on both sides, at present is Mr B.'s sad employment The Lord lay it not to his charge, but deliver him from the snare of Satan, wherein he is "taken alive at his pleasure"! 2 Tim. ii. 26. 2. The things here assigned to God are ill associated, if to be understood after the same manner- Mercy and grace we acknowledge to be attributes of God; the- rest mentioned are by none of Mr B.'s companions esteemed any other than acts of his will, and those metaphorically...
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