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sins ( not , as under the old covenant , for his own mercy ' s or name's sake , but ) only in consequence of what ^ Christ has done , who is he that would refuse or slight the gracious offer , on account of the way in which it was given } But the question is , Has he so declared it ? I know no declaration of the kind ; it falls in less with my notions of the spirit of the gospel , and the mode of its operation ; and it certainly does not accord with the parable of the Prodigal Son , by which Christ hath taught us the plans of the divine government on this point .
I view the opinion as a theory , less accordant with what is known of the character of God , and the way in which the blessings of the gospel have been conveyed to mankind , than the opinion I entertain . This supposes no more than the simple fact , known as other facts are : the former is what could be known only by express revelation . Is it so revealed ¦? If not , is
it credible that it would have been left to inference ? Both , however , refer these blessings to God as the first cause , and to Christ as the agent , and to his death as the great means of giving them extension and efficacy . And whichever view any one adopts , he is not less a Unitarian , if he hold with it , that God is one , and that one , the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ , and our God and Father .
No . 3 . A Summary of Leading Statements in Lectures on the Atonement . 1 . All the Blessings of the Gospel , and all the means through which they were effectually communicated and diffused , originated in the Free Grace , the Love , nay , " the Tender Mercy of our God , " Jehovah , the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ : his mercy prompted , his wisdom devised , and his power effected , the Redemption that is in Christ Jesus : in short , Christ and his salvation were the effect , and in no way the cause , of the Father ' s pardoning grace towards mankind .
2 . Christ Jesus was the Medium of all the gracious communications of Divine Mercy made by the Gospel ; he was the Agent of his God and Father in executing the purposes of ins Grace : and in order to execute them , ( influenced by the most consummate piety and obedience to God , and by the purest love to men , ) he voluntarily submitted to the painful and ignominious death of the cross , and thereby became the " Author of an eternal salvation to all who obey him !"
3 . The blessings we have by the Gospel , are ( in brief ) as follows . ( 1 . ) A clear knowledge of the character , dealings , and purposes of God , considered not only as the Sovereign Ruler and Righteous Judge of his creatures , but as their Father , their Friend , and their Benefactor . ( 2 . ) The certain disclosure by his express authority , of a resurrection from the dead , and a life to come ; a state of righteous retribution , —of dreadful woe to the impenitent and disobedient , —of holy bliss to the penitent , sincere , and faithful ; and this according to the deeds done in the body , whether they be good or whether
they be evil . ( 3 . ) The assurance , on the express authority of God himself , of his mercy to the truly penitent who forsake their evil ways and turn unto the Lord with full purpose of heart , —the assurance of the remission of Bins on repentance . ( 4 . ) Plain and profitable directions in the way of duty , shewing with certainty ( by precepts and by example ) what is the will of God ; what dispositions and what external conduct will be acceptable to him ; and what are offensive in his sight . ( 5 . ) The promise to those who faithfully seek his favour , of all needful aid and support in the trials and
6 ? 2 Papers on the Atonement .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1828, page 672, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2565/page/16/