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William Ames on the Mercy of God

September 16, 2008


21. The mercy shining forth here is his punishment of sin in less degree than the guilty person deserves.

22. This mercy is either clemency or beneficence.

23. Clemency is his moderation of the punishment due. Lam. 3:22, It is the Lord’s great kindness that we are not consumed.

24. Clemency appears in patience and long-suffering.

25. Patience is his forbearing endurance of sin and sparing of sinners, 2 Peter 3:9.

26. Long-suffering is long suspension of vengeance, Exod. 34:6.

27. Beneficence Iies in his being so rich in goodness that he pours forth many good things even on sinners, Matt. 5:45.

William Ames, The Marrow of Theology, (Durham, North Carolina: Labyrinth Press, 1983), 118. [First published in 1623.]

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