The Works of Thomas Goodwin (V. 1)

9780217289108: The Works of Thomas Goodwin (V. 1)

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: therefore it is called, ' the hidden wisdom of God, as in a mystery:' 1 Cor. ii. 7, ' But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory.' The chief piece of which mystery is God manifest in the flesh: 1 Tim. iii. 16, ' And, without controversy, great is the mystery of godliness ; God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory ;' which, had God not revealed, none could ever have reached, for it ' lay hid in God :' Eph. iii. 9, ' And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from tho beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ.' And which when revealed is, without controversy, so great a mystery, 1 Tim. iii. 16, that the very revelation of it is the greatest argument that can be brought to prove the truth of our religion ; for all men that understand it, must and will with amazement acknowledge and confess, that so great a plot could not have been hatched in the womb of any created understanding. As sin was our invention, Eccl. vii. 29, so Christ alone was God's; and therefore Christ is called, ' The Wisdom of God,' which is not spoken of him essentially as second person, but manifestative as mediator, bemuse in him his wisdom to the utmost is made manifest. CHAPTER VII. When God's window had found ontafit person, yet since this must be his only Son, here was a greater difficulty for him to overcome; how to give him for vs.—The depths of God's lore here, as of his wisdom before, seen in not sparing his own Son, but exposing him to all tlie rigours of justice, which would not make the least abatements.—It was of free choice tliat he made thus o...

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