John Ball on the Sincere Free Offer of the Gospel

1585-1640

 

 

Treatise of the Covenant of Grace, 1645, p. 205-6

According to Mitchell and Struthers, who compiled the 1800’s edition of the Notes to the Westminster Assembly, Ball’s work “was held in high esteem by the Puritans, and [was] recommended by Reynolds, as well as Calamy and several other members of the Westminster Assembly.”  

“The second sort of divines (Contra-Remonstrants) [that is, those against the Arminians] distinguish the sufficiency and efficiency of Christ’s death.  In respect of the worth and greatness of the price, He died for all men: because it was sufficient for the redemption of every man in the world if they did repent and believe; and God might, without impeachment of justice, have offered salvation to every man in the world had it been his pleasure.  In the efficiency, as every man or any man has fruit by the death of Christ, so Christ died for him.  But this is not of one kind: some fruit is common to every man; for as Christ is lord of all things in heaven and earth, even the earthly blessings which infidels enjoy may be termed fruits of Christ’s deathOthers proper to the members of the visible Church, and common to them, as to be called by the word, enjoy the ordinances of grace, live under the covenant, partake of some graces that come from Christ, which, through their fault, be not saving; and in this sense Christ died for all that be under the covenant.  But other fruits of Christ’s death, according to the will of God and intention of Christ as Mediator, be peculiar to the sheep of Christ, his brethren, them that be given unto him of the Father, as faith unfeigned, regeneration, pardon of sin, adoption, etc.; and so they hold Christ died efficiently for his people only, in this sense,–namely, so as to bring them effectually to faith, grace, and glory.” 

 

 

 

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