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Solon's .curb Ror Grier.
HIS lot bewailing with unmanly tears,
Jam. ii. 23. And the scripture was fulfilled which faith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed to him for righteousness: and he was called the friend of God.
RETURNING from his sacrisice,
Persect in love which casts out sear,
The hoary patriarch received
And intimate with heaven he lived;
0/ FREE-WILL: translated'from Sebastian.CastEluo'sDialogues, between Lewis and Frederic.
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Fred. T Will now fhew you what things God wills without -*• any condition, and what conditionally. Thofe general Promises are without any condition; The fad of the woman shall bruife the serpent's head: All ftfli snail no more be cut off by the waters of a food: In thy feed snail the na~ tions of the earth be biffed. These things are unconditionally promised, and depend upon God alone. But when God promises, either to individuals or to a people, things which cannot be unless they do their part, he promises with a condition, which is man does not perform, God transsers his promise to another: so that the promise of God is always true: but it is Vol. V. Bbb not not always received by man. He had promised the Ifraelites that he would bring them into Canaan: but because of their disobedience, he transserred the promise to their children. And asterwards, although their's were the covenants and the promifes, yet he rejected them, and received the Gentiles in their stead: the promise of God remaining sirm on his part, though changed on the part of man. And know this, that eternal salvation is promised to no man without a condition. For thus saith the Lord, (Ezek. xxxiii. 13,) When I fay unto the righteous, that he shall surely live, if he trufl to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousness shall not be remembered, but for his iniquity that he hath committed he fliall die. This besel Saul, to whom God had promised a kingdom for ever: but he lost it through his disobedience. The same might have besallen David, who theresore so earnestly besought God, not to take his Holy Spirit from him. For he well knew, (what St. Paul asterwards taught) They were cut off through unbelief. And unless thou abides in faith, thou alsoflialt be cut off. Again, thus saith God, Is the wicked will turn from all his fins, and da that which is lawful and right; (and this he may do, seeing God willeih not the death of a snner, but rather that he should turn and live,) he shall not die.
You have in Ezekiel, the general sentence. And you have instances on both sides. When God says to a man, Thou /Jialt live. He designs he should, he writes his name in the book of lise, and the man has reason to rejoice therein. But is he turns back to sin, God says, / will blot his name out of my book. Again. If God says to a man, Thou flialt die, he designs he should, and writes his name in the book of death. And the man has reason to lament, as Hczekiah did. But yet, is he repe,nts in time, he shall live.
To sum up the whole. God created man both with a will,
and with liberty. Man by sinning lost his liberty, or power
of doing good: but his will lie did not lofe. But as being
depraved, he either willed evil, or willed the good which he