The Whole Works of the Rev. John Howe, M.A. with a Memoir of the Author. Vol. VI

The Whole Works of the Rev. John Howe, M.A. with a Memoir of the Author. Vol. VI

by John Howe

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MY purpose at present is not to speak from these words either of love to God, or our brother, absolutely and singly: but comparatively only, according to that connexion which they have one with another; and the difference of the one from the other respecting their objects, as the object of the one is somewhat visible, and of the other somewhat invisible. There is one thing necessary to be premised to this intended discourse concerning the acceptation of love here, and it is this; that the apostle in this little tractate of love, as this epistle may for the most part be called, doth not design to treat of love as a philosopher, that is, to give us a precise formal notion of it; but to speak of it with a latitude of sense; not so indeed as to exclude the formal notion of love as it is seated in the inner man, but so as to comprehend in it such apt expressions and actings of it, as according to the common sense of men were most agreeable and natural to it. And therefore speaking of love to God in 2 chapter, ver. 5. he tells us, that "Whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected:" that is, the very perfection of the love of God stands in this, in keeping his word.

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BN ID: 2940012695123
Publisher: New Century Books
Publication date: 11/13/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
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