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John Arrowsmith on John 3:16

August 30, 2007

First, “His son to free us from hell.” “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son.” He did not “grant” him upon the request and earnest suit of lapsed creatures; but freely gave him unasked; not a servant, but a Son; not an adopted son, such as we are, but a “begotten,” mot as Saints are. “Of his will by the word of truth,” but of his Nature; he himself being the “Word” and the “Truth”; not one of many, but an “only” Son thus begotten; and this not for the procuring of some petty deliverance, but “that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Well might this gift of royal bounty be ushered in with a “God so loved the world.” Majesty and love have been thought hardly compatible. Yet behold the majesty of God bearing love, and that to the “world,” the undeserving, yea ill-deserving world of mankind.


John Arrowsmith, Armilla Catechetica. A Chain of principles; or And orderly concetenation of Theological Aphorism and Exercitations; Wherein, The Chief Heads of Christian Religion are asserted and improved, (Cambridge: Printed by John Field, Printer to the University, 1659), 182.

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