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Second Part of the System of Doctrine: Explication of the Facts of the Religious Self-Consciousness, as they are determined by the Antithesis of Sin and Grace

Second Aspect of the Antithesis: Explication of the Consciousness of Grace


86 The more distinctly conscious we become that the misery involved in our natural state cannot be removed either by the recognition that sin is inevitable, or by the assumption that it is decreasing of itself, the higher becomes the value we place upon Redemption.

87 We are conscious of all approximations to the state of blessedness which occur in the Christian life as being grounded in a new divinely-effected corporate life, which works in opposition to the corporate life of sin and the misery which develops in it.

88 In this corporate life which goes back to the influence of Jesus, redemption is effected by Him through the communication of His sinless perfection.

89 In the sense in which it can be said that sin is not ordained by God and does not exist for Him, the term Redemption not be suitable for this new communication of a powerful God-consciousness. And so from that point of view the appearance of Christ and the institution of this new corporate life would have to be regarded as the completion, only now accomplished, of the creation of human nature.

90 The propositions which work out, according to the three points of view given in 30, the content of the consciousness of grace here presented, also complete the system of Christian doctrine within the limits here prescribed for it.

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