METHODIST NOTES and QUOTES


THE ARMINIAN MAGAZINE Issue 1 Spring 2007 Volume 25 Page 12 Qoutes

• In “A Fragment in Favour of General Redemption,” Adam Clarke argued that if humanity is of one race and if Christ took on himself the nature of man and in human nature made expiation for the sins of nature, then redemption is general and the benefits of his death must necessarily apply to every human being who has descended from Adam. All who share the human nature have a right to apply to God, by virtue of that redemption, for remission of sins [The Miscellaneous Works of Adam Clarke, James Everett, ed. (London: T. Tegg, 1836-1837), 8:439-440]. • In his sermon “The Way of Attaining Sanctification,” Joseph Benson spoke of those two grand and fundamental truths which were written in almost every page of the Bible—“ All our salvation is of God” and yet “all our damnation of ourselves” [1782; Reprinted in The Glory of the House of God (Salem, OH: Schmul Publishing Co, 2002), p. 151]. These two propositions are based upon the doctrine of general redemption. According to John Fletcher, John Wesley never lost sight of these two axioms in his preaching [The Works of the Reverend John Fletcher, 1:17].

• Before John Philpot was martyred on December 18, 1555, he was asked by Papists how he knew he was a son of God. “How do you know that the sun now shines?” he replied. The answer came back, “I see his light.” Philpot replied, “I see a brighter Sun.” This incident was recalled by Edward Hare in a 1809 booklet on the Methodist doctrine of the witness of the Spirit. Was this incident in the back of Wesley’s mind when he wrote? But the fact we know: namely, that the Spirit of God does give a believer such a testimony of his adoption that while it is present to the soul he can no more doubt the reality of his sonship than he can doubt of the shining of the sun while he stands in the full blaze of his beams [“The Witness of the Spirit, I, 1.12].

• JamesM udge gave this description of Christian perfection: It is the full assurance of faith and of hope. There is in it a deeper satisfaction, a larger bliss, a more abiding peace, a fuller contentment, a sweeter rest than can be found on the lower levels. It imparts courage in the face of danger, tranquility in commotion, independence of the world, indifference toward earthly possessions and positions, cheerfulness in view of the future triumph over every foe. Those in this path find duty turned into delight; they have an enthusiastic attachment to the Master, which He cordially reciprocates; they sing at their tasks because He is so close to them as they toil; they are not dependent on circumstances and worldly amusements for their pleasure. Their obedience is not a matter of calculation of hesitation. They have settled it once for all that every command is to be promptly heeded. They find nothing too small to be of importance in the glad service of their King, nothing too hard to be welcomed for the sake of Him who appoints it. Constant and intimate is their fellowship with God and their glad recognition of His glorious presence. They live in sunshine, they are cheery, they take their religion with relish. They find an ever increasing conformity to the divine will, and ever increasing fondness for prayer, and they draw water with joy out of all the wells of salvation [The Perfect Life in Experience and Doctrine (Cincinnati: Jennings and Graham, 1911), pp. 149-150].




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