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98 Ofthe ,'ature, lnomledge, Will ally ) to fufpend his own operation, fo as not to neceïitate the *ill : üo more than he wrongeth himfelf by a Greater fafpenfion, in making no moreWorldsor Creatures. 2. You quitemiílake: We do not at all alter or limit Gods Acts or influx, nor determine it, but terminate it, and determine of that effect which requireth both caafes, God and man, and cannot be ( ordinarily ) by one alone, becaufe God bath otherwife appointed. And again I be- leech the adverfaries to note, How great and innumerable changes are made in the world, by the variousDifpoftion of Recipients ? The, Rafe. andVineand Weed and Dunghill, donot at all Change the Action of the Sun : but their various Reception and co- operation is the Cade, that its At hath fach various efeLis And it is the Millers work in making a and fpecialReceptivity inhis Channel, Wheels, bc. which cauieth the varietyofeffects. AndGod hath enabled men Varioufly and freely to Receive his Influx. 607. His third Argument is, Godgiveth notthat effeEtualGrace; without which he fore-knoaveth fin Wilmot be avoided: ergo he rs voiding' that it be done. Anfw. I deny the Confequent: It only followeth thathe doth not Ab folutely and effetlually Nil/ it. If the Kinehave feveral fubjetts inclined to eat a lúfcious poyfon Andhis Children he effetivally keepeth from it one he locketh up, another hecommitteth to a Keeper, another hekeep- eth thepoifon from : But to a Traytor he faith, [I once forgave thee, and faved thy life, and I nowcommand thee thatthou avoid this poifon, and if thou do not, it will torment and kill thee ; but if thou wilt takeno warn ing, take what thougetreft by it.) Can you prove that it is his Will that this man eat the poyfon prohibited, 608. Next he citeth 4uguftinesthred -bare fayings, and blameth Alai; nas and Arminius for denying his Authority, and commendeth the greater reverenceof Bellarmine : And fo Anfelm, Hugo, &c. Anfw. r. We flick not on one mans Authority ; God holdeth not his Holinefs and the Church its Religion on Augrines authority. 2. Au- gufline bath ten times more plain enough for what I hold : See the places cited inPaul. Eiren. Triad. Patrum. 3. He knew it's like that Efiino and many more expoundAugufiines words as terminating Gods volition on his ownpermi/on, and not on the fin, or fieri. ¢. I think plainly that Augufline there fpake not of inwardVolitions, but outward Acts, and that not as Agentin but in paffe or the effects. And fo it is true, that no mur-. der, theft, treafon, or other effeft is produced in the world, c st what God *So ,will. toner. Armin. pofitively decreeth kill be produced, either by doing force effects himfelf pro Janio Pg. 9i. dif- (as drowning the world,) or permitting (inners to do them, while. he fenrethfrom friniros caufeth not their act but the Receptivity of the Peffum and fo the ef- faithpeecatumadrationem > nninerfifacere per accidens, feet, 6.6., andfaith Mitt veto dicer- i09. Retorting onAgeein. he thus.argueth Becatefe God Both dum videtur Peccatum con dacibileeffeperfèadbonum will his own Goodnefi, therefore it is neceffary that God will that fin be solverfì gaatenas cendaeet done, he permitting it. For it is not to will his effential Goodnejf, which ad illu,2randoo tales divi- ne majeflatie radios- needeth no acqutfition, but he willeth to manifeft his Goodneff. But the And if fo, it mutt per fee evil of fin is not oppofite to the manifefting ofGods GoodneJí : Tea no- be t.oved of Gad as thing is more conducible to it than this i fay to the manifeftina of Good. Yet cant,. Cowin. ; o he faith, that No Caber Gods Goodnefl by way of mercy in fearing or by way of Nice in pu- man faith than fin is a nins. medium of the executi- Y' on of Reprobation, but Anfw. Iforrefco recitano, a. GodsVolition of his Eflêntial Goodnefs only the Permtßion of is his NeceffaryVolition. .z. God hath noEnd to acquire, but alwayes fin. Reconcile them that path his end and is never without it. 3. If God had needfully willed can. .. the