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WHAT

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from other persons. And in all this, so confesses the Church, was the hand of the Omnipresent and Almighty God. It is He who during all these years of resistance has guided and directed His creature according to His own purpose. Sooner or later the Sun of Grace will rise upon him, and, since much depends upon the condition in which grace shall find him, it

differently

God Himself who prepares that condition. He prepares restraining his character from adopting traits which graciously by it him later on from running his course in the kingdom prevent would other hand, by graciously developing in him the and, on God, of such character and such features as will appear after his conversion adapted to the task which God intended for him. And so it is evident that even during the time of alienation God bestows grace upon His elect. Afterward he will perceive how evidently all things have worked together for good, not because he intended it so, but in spite of his sinful intentions, and only because the protecting grace of God was working in and by and through it all. His course might have been altogether different. That it is as it is, and not much worse, he owes not to himself, but Hence, reviewing his life's dark background, the to higher favor. is

the Lord

saint thinks at first that

it

contains but a night of Satanic darkness

later on, being better instructed,

he perceives through that dark-

ness a faint glimmer of divine love. In fact, in his

life

there are three distinct periods of thankful-

ness: First, immediately after his conversion, when he can think of no other reason of thankfulness than the newly found grace. Second, when he learns to render thanks also for the grace of his eternal election, extending far behind the first grace. Lastly, when the darkness between election and conversion being dispelled, he thanks God for the preparatory grace which in the midst of that darkness watched over his soul.

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The work of the Holy Spirit - pagina 327

Bekijk de hele uitgave van maandag 1 januari 1900

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 704 Pagina's

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