William Ames Quotes


29 William Ames quotes:



"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"The good pleasure of God is an act of the divine will freely and effectively determining all things."
"The goodness of a thing created is the perfection of its fitness for the use which it serves. Now that use is either particular or universal."
"The relative property of the Son is to be begotten, that is, so to proceed from the Father as to be a participant of the same essence and perfectly carry on the Father's nature."
"The starting point of sanctification is the filthiness, corruption, or stain of sin."
"The will of God is eternal because He does not begin to will what He did not will before, nor cease to will what He willed before."
"The will of God is single and totally one in Him."



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