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imagination, does it form one whole. All these together constitute that full knowledge of God,

Only do not lose from sight is eternal life. that the daily increase in the knowledge of God is obtained solely and alone in the way of the will. There is a two-fold will of God: the one is over us, the other is concerning us. The will of God over us determines our life, our career and our It was with reference to this will of lot in life. God that Jesus prayed: Not my will, but thy will be done. But the will of God concerning us shows us how to will, what to do and to leave undone; and regarding this will of God we pray in the Our Father: Thy will be done as in heaven by the angels, so also on earth by me. And it is this second, this last-named will of God which if we li^'e it, and conform ourselves to it, unconsciously makes us increase day by day in the knowledge of God. which

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fathers the field, in which the will operates, was not suflBciently plowed and harrowed. The great question was whether the will was free or bound. For the rest, even in preaching and in catechising, the supreme significance of the will was ignored. Is not even now almost the whole realm of the will left fallow? Of course this does not mean to say, that both in the times of our fathers, and in our own past, there has been no increase in the knowledge of 159

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van dinsdag 1 januari 1918

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 620 Pagina's

To be near unto God - pagina 163

Bekijk de hele uitgave van dinsdag 1 januari 1918

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 620 Pagina's

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