The Powder-Puffed Prince

“As to the ends of Christ’s death, many think he died to purchase grace and spirit, to help men to establish their own righteousness, or acquire some requisite to justification; and accordingly their zeal is directed” (Sandeman).

I think hypocritical Sandeman lacks some self-awareness since he had acknowledged that “simple belief of the truth” was the “sole requisite” to justification. Here is one such ignorant exhibition of purchasing or procuring “grace and spirit, to help men to establish their own righteousness.” Behold! The English Puritans’ Powder-Puffed Prince:

“The second part also may be reduced to these two heads:—First, Whether Christ did not make full satisfaction for all their sins for whom he died, and merited glory, or everlasting happiness, to be bestowed on them upon the performance of those conditions God should require? Secondly (which is the proper controversy I shall chiefly insist upon), Whether Christ did not procure for his own people a power to become the sons of God, merit and deserve at the hands of God for them, grace, faith, righteousness, and sanctification, whereby they may be enabled infallibly to perform the conditions of the new covenant, upon the which they shall be admitted to glory?” (John Owen,A Display Of Arminianism, Ch. 9: Of the death of Christ, and of the efficacy of his merits, pp. 88-89, Old Paths Gospel Press).

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