Chapter 1 - Of the Body of ScriptureThe Order of Salvation and Damnation by William Perkins (1558-1602)
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Election is God’s decree “whereby on his own free will, he hath ordained certain men to salvation, to the praise of the glory of his grace.” Reprobation is “that part of predestination, whereby God, according to the most free and just purpose of his will, hath determined to reject certain men unto eternal destruction, and misery, and that to the praise of his justice.”
The body of Scripture is a doctrine sufficient to live well. It comprehendeth many holy sciences, whereof one is principal, others are hand-maidens or retainers.
The principle science is Theology. Theology is the science of living blessedly for ever. Blessed life ariseth from the knowledge of God. John 17:3. “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” Isaiah 53:11, “He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant [viz. Jesus Christ] justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. And therefore it ariseth likewise from the knowledge of ourselves, because we know God by looking into ourselves.
Theology hath two parts: the first of God, the second of His works.