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Joseph Truman (1631-1671) on John 3:16 and John 12:47

October 21, 2009


Will any dare to say, Here is nothing of grace or kindness to the World? Joh. 3. 16. “He so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” V. 17. “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved.” Cannot you see plainly here what is meant by the World, and that his first coming was to save it, though his second will be to take a severe account? V. 18. “He that believeth on him, is not condemned; but he that believeth not, is condemned already, because he believeth not.” Can you say, a sick man dyed, because he took not such a Medicine; when, if he had taken it, it would not have cured him? You cannot say, the Devils continue to be condemned, because they reject Christ; because, if they should accept him, they would still perish; for there was no satisfaction made for them: And may not the same be said of them that perish, if no satisfaction be made for them? So John 12. 47. “If any man hear my words, and believe not” (surely you will say this is meant of a non-elect man) “I judge him not; for I came not into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world.” Which reason would have no show of reason, except Christ came to save that man, except he be one of that World he came to save.

Joseph Truman, The Great Propitiation; or, Christ’s Satisfaction; and Man’s Justification by it Upon his Faith; that is, Belief of, and Obedience to the Gospel (London, Printed by A. Maxwell, for R. Clavell, in Cross-key Court in Little Britain, 1672), 218-219.  [Some spelling modernized, some reformatting, and underlining mine.]

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