Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The First Sunday in Lent.

The Collect

O LORD, who for our sake didst fast forty days and forty nights; Give us grace to use such abstinence, that, our flesh being subdued to the Spirit, we may ever obey thy godly motions in righteousness, and true holiness, to thy honour and glory, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Stephen Charnock: Quote of the Day: Against Open Theism

 "Known to God from eternity are all His works. (Acts 15:18 NKJ)

2.  If God be eternal, he knows all things as present.  All things are present to him in his eternity; for this is the notion of eternity, to be without succession. (t)  If eternity be one indivisible point, and is not diffused into preceeding and succeeding parts, then that which is known in it or by it is perceived without any succession, for knowledge is as the substance of the person knowing; if that hath various actions and distinct from itself, then it understands things in differences of time as time presents them to view.  But, since God's being depends not upon the revolutions of time, so either does his knowledge; it exceeds all motions of years and days, comprehends infinite spaces of past and future.  God considers all thing in his eternity in one simple knowledge, as if they were now acted before him:  "Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world;" ἀπ̓ αἰῶνος, a seculo, "from eternity"  (Acts 15:18).  God's knowledge is co-eternal with him; if he knows that in time which he did not know from eternity, he would not be eternally perfect, since knowledge is the perfection of an intelligent nature.

Stephen Charnock, The Existence and Attributes of God, 1853, reprint, (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1996), pp. 294-295.

(t)  Petav.

(Cf. Ephesians 1:11).  

(a seculo or "a saeculo", Latin Vulgate).

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