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Mayer and Trapp, two Puritans, on 2 Peter 2:1

September 5, 2007

John Mayer:

Touching that saying, “Denying the Lord that bought them;” none are properly said to be bought by the Lord, but the elect; yet in a large sense, all to whom the Gospel comes are said to be bought by him, yea all men, because the price he paid is sufficient to ransom all; neither is it by any defect therein that any perish, but through their own wickedness and unbelief.

John Mayer, A Commentary upon the New Testament: Representing the Divers Expositions thereof, out of the works of the most learned, both ancient Fathers and modern Writers, and hereby sifting out of the true sense of every passage, for the benefit of all that desire to read with understanding, The third Volume, (London: Printed by Iohn Haviland, for Iohn Gismond, and are to be sold at his shop in Ivie Lane, at the sign of the Gun, 1631), 146.

John Trapp:

Or, that bought them] viz. in laying down a sufficient price for all sinners, in taking upon him the common nature of all men, and in preaching to them in the Gospel that he died for sinners indefinitely, offering salvation and beseeching them to receive it.

John Trapp, A Commentary or Exposition Upon all the Books of the New Testament, (London: Printed by R.W. and are to be sold by Nath. Ekins, at the Gun in Pauls Church-yard, 1656), 936.

David: I was going to post this a few days before the big crash of Aug 07. :-)

Again, we see the continuity here in theological expression. They reflect the same basic schema we see in Calvin, Paraeus and others. Mayer’s language is almost identical to Symsons on this.


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