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The ground of forgivenes-THE ATONEMENT
OF CHRIST,....

Extent of the atonement,.

Five objections to a limited atonement,.
1. It is irreconcilable with any correct and
consistent views of the infinite work of
the Redeemer's sacrifice,..

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2. If limited, then the perdition or eternal
suffering of all mankind, would have
been a greater manifestation of the di-
vine righteousness and abhorrence of
sin than the sufferings of the Son of
God,..
3. The hypothesis renders the salvation of
any besides the elect naturally impossi-
ble,.

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4. Difficult to vindicate in any way the sincerity of those divine addresses by which sinners universally are called upon to believe and be saved,...

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5. It takes nothing into the account but the
desert of the sinner,.
CHIEF TOPIC OF THE ESSAY, VIZ. THE PER-

SONS BY WHOM FORGIVENESS IS POSSESS-
ED,.....

.163 Scheme of Thomas Erskine stated,. .ib. Scripture the only legitimate source of proof,. 164 1. Let our object be, to ascertain the real extent of the doctrine of universal forgiveness,....

2. It follows from the universality of pardon, that the possession of forgiveness is entirely independent of faith, of confession, of repentance, or turning to God,..168 First-Scripture examined as to pardon be

ing independent of faith,.. Secondly-Scripture examined as to univer

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sal forgiveness being independent of confession,.. Thirdly-Scripture examined as to forgiveness being irrespective of repentance or turning to God,..

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§ 3. Another consequence of universal pardon is, that it is needless and preposterous to pray for forgiveness,..

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4. Another consequence, of universal pardon admitted and defended, is, that the only sin by which men can be brought into final condemnation is unbelief,......176 First-How comes it that this greatest sin forms an exception to the act of universal indemnity?. Secondly-What becomes of previous unbelief when a man receives the Gospel,. Thirdly-How are we to dispose of the state of the Heathen,.... Fourthly-The doctrine, that unbelief is the only sin which brings upon man the condemnation of the second death, is in opposition to the word of God,.........179 5. The doctrine of imputation considered as bearing on the argument, and 2 Cor. v. 19, considered,.. 182 First-There must be the same extent of meaning in the two expressions "reconciling the world unto himself," and "not imputing their trespasses unto them,".... ib. Secondly-This passage to be interpreted in

harmony with the scripture,.

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§ 7. But connecting pardon with believing has been represented as making faith a

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6. They say, that although the pardon exists, the benefit of it is not enjoyed by the sinner, unless he believes in it,.....184

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