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James Fergusson on Ephesians 2:3

January 16, 2009


8. As all men are guilty of their conception, Psal. 51:5, and therefore, in the course of divine justice, liable to the stroke of God’s vindictive wrath and justice, and this by nature also; So the misery of unregenerate men is never sufficiently seen, until it be traced up to this bitter root and fountain, even the sin and misery wherein they were born: for, saying they were children of wrath by nature, implies they were also sinners by nature; seeing wrath does always follow sin, and this he serves last, as that which was the root, fountain and head-stone of all their misery; And were by nature the children of wrath.

9. Though those, who are born within the visible Church, have a right to Church-priviledges even from their birth, and by nature, which others have not (See Gal. 2. Vers. 15. Doct. 1.), yet all men, whether born within, or within the Church, are alike by nature, sa to the point of original sin inherent in all, which wrath is due to all: for, says he, speaking fo the Jews, We were by nature the children of wrath, even as others, by which others he mean the unchurched Gentiles.

James Fergusson, A Brief Exposition of the Epistles of Paul to the Galatians and Ephesians, (London: Printed for the Company of Stationers, 1659), 89-90.

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