Friendly Letters To The Society Of Friends On Some Of Their Distinguishing Principles

Paperback | February 5, 2012

byRalph Wardlaw

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1836. Excerpt: ... LETTER VII. ON THE SCRIPTURAL AUTHORITY PLEADED FOR THE "INWARD LIGHT." Respected Friends, The confusion in Robert Barclay's mind, by which, so very strangely, he has been led to Confound and blend together, in his statements and illustrations, doctrines so palpably distinct as those of justification and sanctification, may be traced, without difficulty, as I have formerly hinted, to the predominant influence of his views of the "inward light,"--which, in his case, as in that of many more, only--" led to bewilder, and dazzled to blind."--That light, we have seen, consists not in the knowledge of any thing that is externally revealed, or that comes to the mind of its possessor through any extraneous channel. It is a principle within, common to all that are born into the world; yet not inherited or bestowed by nature, but the gift of the Holy Spirit, and the fruit of Christ's mediation. Now, what I wish you particularly to notice at present is, that according to the representations of your standard writers, this light is at once, and equally, the law and the Gospel. It 13 the discovery and rule of duty; and it is the means of salvation. Here lies, to no inconsiderable extent, its deceptive influence on the subject before us. It is the law, or rule of duty; and by it, therefore, must be " the knowledge of sin:"--and yet, although this is the very reason assigned by the apostle why the law cannot justify, this light is saving light. It imparts no knowledge of the Saviour revealed in the Gospel testimony,--no knowledge of "the truth as it is in Jesus:"--and yet,--although it is solely "the knowledge of the only true God and of Jesus Christ whom he hath sent" that is "life eternal,"--this light is saving light;--light by which all men are put into a capacity of...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1836. Excerpt: ... LETTER VII. ON THE SCRIPTURAL AUTHORITY PLEADED FOR THE "INWARD LIGHT." Respected Friends, The confusion in Robert Barclay's m...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:88 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.18 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217818838

ISBN - 13:9780217818834

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