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and that in His e/ect is a great gulf. The workings in these nonelect have nothing in common with saving grace hence prepara;

tory grace, as well as saving grace, is altogether out of the question.

is preparatory grace, but only for the elect who come to life, and who being once quickened will reThe fatal doctrine of three conditions — viz., that (i) of

Surely there

will certainly



the spiritually dead, (2) of the spiritually living, and

hovering between





be abandoned.




The spread

of this doctrine in our churches will surely destroy their spiritual character, as


has done in the ancient Huguenot churches of

Life and death are absolute opposites, and a third state


between them is unthinkable. He that is scarcely alive belongs to the living; and he that has just died belongs to the dead. One apparently dead is living, and he that is apparently living is dead. The boundary-line is a hair's breadth, and a state between does not This applies to the spiritual condition. One lives, altho he exist. received no more than the vital germ, and still wanders unconhas verted in the ways of sin. And he is dead, tho tasting the heavenly Every other repregift, so long as life is not rekindled in his soul. sentation

is false.

Others advance the view that preparatory grace prepares not for the reception of


but for conversion.


this is just as

For then the soul's salvation depends not upon regeneration, but upon conversion and this makes the salvation of our deceased infants impossible. Nay, standing by the graves of our baptized young children, confident of their salvation through the one Name given under heaven, we reject the teaching that salvation depends upon conversion but confess that it is effected by the divine act of creating in us a new life, which sooner or later pernicious.




itself in


new life hence it ceases quickened before being bap-

Preparatory grace always precedes the

even before holy Baptism, tized.


in a

in infants

more limited


sense, preparatory grace operates

only in persons quickened later on in


shortly before conversion.

For the sinner once quickened has received grace, i.e., the germ all grace and that which exists can not be prepared.




third error, on this point, is the representation that certain

moods and


must be prepared

in the sinner before


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Bekijk de hele uitgave van maandag 1 januari 1900

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 704 Pagina's

The work of the Holy Spirit - pagina 330

Bekijk de hele uitgave van maandag 1 januari 1900

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 704 Pagina's

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