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THE DIVINE ATTRIBUTES,
CONTRIVANCE AND ACCOMPLISHMENT
BY WILLIAM BATES, D. D.
AN INTRODUCTORY ESSAY,
BY A. ALEXANDER, D. D
Entered according to the act of Congross, in the year 1831, by JONATHAN LEAVITT, in the Clerk's office of the District Court of the United States, for the Southern District of New York.
CHAP. I.-The Introduction. - A short view of man's primitive state. His conformity to God; natural,
moral, and in happiness and dominion over the creatures. The moral resemblance, as it refers to all
CHAP. III. - The Corruption of Human Nature.-I. All mankind is involved in Adam's guilt, and is
under the penal consequences that follow upon it. Adam, the natural and moral principle of mankind.
tion of Adam's sin to his posterity is consistent with God's justice.
CHAP. IV.-The Moral Impotence of Man.-The impossibility of man's recovery by his natural
eagerly pursues them. The moral impotence, that ariseth
from a perverse disposition of the will, is culpable. Neither the beauty nor the reward of holiness
can prevail upon the unrenewed will. 11. Guilty man cannot recover the favour of God. He is
unable to make satisfaction to justice. He is incapable of real repentance, which might qualify lim
CHAP. V.- The Wisdom of God in Redemption.-Of the divine wisdom in the contrivance of man's
of , so as to man
the revelation of the gospel. It is not discovered by the creation; it is above the reach of natural
The gospel exceeds all contemplative and practical sciences; contemplative, in the greatness of its
object, and the certainty of its principle ; practical, in the excellency of its end, and the efficacy of
CHAP. VII.- The Causes and Unreasonableness of Unbelief. The simple speculation of the gospel
not sufficient without a real belief, and cordial acceptance. ]. The reasons why the Jews and
Gentiles conspired in the contempt of it. II. How just it is to resign up the understanding to revela-
tion. God knows his own nature and will, and cannot deceive us. We must believe the things that
are clearly revealed, though we do not understand the manner of their existence; although they are
attended with seeming contradictions. No article of faith is really repugnant to reason. We must
distinguish between things incomprehensible and inconceivable, between corrupt and right reason.
How reason is subservient to faith. Humility and holiness qualify for the belief of the gospel-mysteries.
A naked belief of supernatutal truths is unprofitable for salvation. An effectual assent that prevails
upon the will and renders the whole man obsequious, is due to the quality of the gospel-revelation. 95
CHAP. VIIT- The Freeness of the Divine Mercy in Redemption.-The mercy of God is represented
with peculiar advantages above the other attributes. It is eminently glorified in our redemption, in