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The first act of religion, therefore, concerns those things which are communicated to us from God. The other concerns those things which we yield to God.

The good pleasure of God is an act of the divine will freely and effectively determining all things.

The goodness of a thing created is the perfection of its fitness for the use which it serves. Now that use is either particular or universal.

The ordinary ministry is that which receives all of its direction from the will of God revealed in the Scriptures and from those means which God has appointed in the church for its continual edification.

The relative property of the Son is to be begotten, that is, so to proceed from the Father as to be a participant of the same essence and perfectly carry on the Father's nature.

The starting point of sanctification is the filthiness, corruption, or stain of sin.

The will of God is eternal because He does not begin to will what He did not will before, nor cease to will what He willed before.

The will of God is single and totally one in Him.

The world has not been in existence from eternity nor could it have been according to the present dispensation and ordering of things.

The worship which directs itself toward God as our good regards him either as he is ours at present, in faith, or as he is to be ours, in hope.

Therefore, the church is not absolutely necessary as an object of faith, not even for us today, for then Abraham and the other prophets would not have given assent to those things which were revealed to them from God without any intervening help of the church.

This subsistence, or manner of being of God is his one essence so far as it has personal properties.

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