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William Ames Quotes


An English Protestant divine, philosopher, and controversialist.
(1576 - 1633)

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Active creation is conceived as a transitive action in which there is always presupposed an object about which the agent is concerned; it is virtually but not formally transitive because it makes, not presupposes, an object.
[Action]
 

Although the whole man partakes of this grace, it is first and most appropriately in the soul and later progresses to the body, inasmuch as the body of the man is capable of the same obedience to the will of God as the soul.
 

An idea in man is first impressed upon him and afterwards expressed in things, but in God it is only expressed, not impressed, because it does not come from anywhere else.
 

But the church cannot confer the necessary gifts for this ministry, and cannot prescribe for God those upon whom he should confer them.
 

Everyone who understands the nature of God rightly necessarily knows that God is to be believed and hoped in, that he is to be loved and called upon, and to be heard in all things.
 

Faith is the virtue by which, clinging-to the faithfulness of God, we lean upon him, so that we may obtain what he gives to us.
 

For this is our most perfect duty and yet least known to us by nature: Whatever we conceive or will should be joined with the good of our neighbor.
 

From faith, hope, and love, the virtues of religion referring to God, there arises a double act which bears on the spiritual communion exercised between God and us; the hearing of the word and prayer.
 

Hearing here, therefore, means any receiving of the word of God whether it be communicated to us by preaching, reading, or any other way.
 

Hearing the word is the devout receiving of the will of God.
 

Hence the end of the world should be awaited with all longing by all believers.
 

In contentment and joy are found the height and perfection of all love towards our neighbor.
 

In the exercise of God's efficiency, the decree of God comes first. This manner of working is the most perfect of all and notably agrees with the divine nature.
 

Nothing exists from eternity but God, and God is not the matter or a part of any creature, but only the maker.
 

Participation in the blessings of the union with Christ comes when the faithful have all the things needed to live well and blessedly to God.
 

Sanctification is not to be understood here as a separation from ordinary use or consecration to some special use, although this meaning is often present in Scripture, sometimes referring to outward and sometimes to inward or effectual separation.
 

Sanctification is the real change in man from the sordidness of sin to the purity of God's image.
 

The attributes of God tell us what He is and who He is.
 

The counsel of God is, as it were, his deliberation over the best manner of accomplishing anything already approved by the understanding and the will.
 

The efficiency of God may be understood as either creation or providence.
 


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