The work of the Holy Spirit - pagina 633
THE SACRED SCRIPTURE
the idea of hardening in a passive form, not as an act of the sub-
but as a calamity which has come upon them as a consequence of their sins. In Rom. xi. 25 it reads: " For I
not, brethren, that
ye should be ignorant of this mystery,
2 Cor. iii. 14: " But minds were hardened"; in Rom. xi. 7, "And the rest were hardened." So also in Mark vi. 52: "Their heart waj hardened"; in Acts xix. 9: " But divers were hardened"; and lastly in Heb. iii. 13: " But exhort one another while it is called to-day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin." With these passages before us, it is impossible to deny that the Scripture reveals God as the Author of the hardening. And he who says that the God whom he worships can not harden any man's heart, ought to see that he does not worship the God of the
that a hardening in part
happened to Israel"; in
objection that, if hardening
a divine operation, then warn-
ing and admonition are vain and useless, points to another extreme.
Scripture which says,
eth," says also, " lest
And whom He
But exhort one another while
you be hardened."
bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of the Word.