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The work of the Holy Spirit - pagina 633

Bron: Abraham Kuyper Collection
Datum: maandag 1 januari 1900
Auteur: Abraham Kuyper
Pagina: 633

HARDENING

THE SACRED SCRIPTURE

IN

593

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

jects themselves,

terrible

would

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

is

happened to Israel"; in

their

Scripture.

The

objection that, if hardening

is

a divine operation, then warn-

ing and admonition are vain and useless, points to another extreme.

The same

Scripture which says,

eth," says also, " lest

any

of

"

And whom He

But exhort one another while

you be hardened."

To both

will

it is

He

harden-

called to-day,

these passages

we

submit,

bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of the Word.