William Ames Quotes


29 William Ames quotes:



"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."
"The attributes of God tell us what He is and who He is."
"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."
"Therefore, the church is not absolutely necessary as an object of faith, not even for us today, for then Abraham and the other prophets would not have given assent to those things which were revealed to them from God without any intervening help of the church."
"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."
"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."
"Hearing the word is the devout receiving of the will of God."
"The starting point of sanctification is the filthiness, corruption, or stain of sin."
"This subsistence, or manner of being of God is his one essence so far as it has personal properties."
"In contentment and joy are found the height and perfection of all love towards our neighbor."
"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."
"Nothing exists from eternity but God, and God is not the matter or a part of any creature, but only the maker."
"The efficiency of God may be understood as either creation or providence."
"Faith is the virtue by which, clinging-to the faithfulness of God, we lean upon him, so that we may obtain what he gives to us."
"Sanctification is the real change in man from the sordidness of sin to the purity of God's image."
"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 world has not been in existence from eternity nor could it have been according to the present dispensation and ordering of things."



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