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THE LOVE OF GRACE AND THE GRACE OF LOVE

 

                    and contrasting considerations, popular in callow confusions

 

The latter are exposed in the later chapters, but the word of God resolves them all, answers all, supplies all that is needed.

 

      Robert E. Donaldson

 

Published by World Wide Web Witness Inc. December 2004

ISBN 0 9756840 9 4

 

PREFACE

In presenting the fifth volume of the Predestination Quintet (which aptly can still be called THE PQ), one is constrained by two considerations. Firstly, the volume which contained what are now chapters 4-8 below, had grown all but unwieldy in size. Secondly, new material has need of a place, and as the two phases, the old and the new seem suited partly by contrast, the one outlining the wonder of the other, as when a moon is seen sailing over dark clouds, this book has sprung into life.

One of the stimuli to the earlier chapters came from a lively letter to which they in part form the reply, and in part are beyond it; so that there is a more personal element.

The grace of love is one of the major considerations, so that when one looks to God, one is not seeing an eviscerated sovereign, any more than a callow controller; but one of a wisdom which is as beautiful as His love, who knowing all, loses none that love would reach, and reaching, brings in none whom guile works!

He is the God of truth, and loves in truth, but is in nothing moved from the truth; and it is wonderful than in all truth, His mercy is available, so that there is no reason to surrender to this world, when the Maker of it is ready to receive. If you say, But I am not sure of my reception, the beauty of it is this, IF you come, THEN you are WARRANTED the reception of your life, in both senses!

Come then, to Him, and having come, rejoice that GOD IS LOVE!

 

 

 

                CONTENTS

 

 

Chapter 1

The Sloughings of Philosophy and

The Splendour of the Word of God

 

Chapter 2 

Comprehension requires being Comprehensive

 

Chapter 3

The Love of Grace and the Grace of Love

These three chapters are taken partly from the volume, Anguish, Ecstasy and the Mastery of the Messiah

Chapters   8  and  9.

These deal with Wesley and Calvin, Whitefield and Arminianism in an historical setting, but with systematic intent, and resolve the issues involved by reference to the scriptures of light, the Bible. They have arisen from a letter of enquiry, of a lively character. With Chapter 10,

As a further reference, see Walking in the Way and Keeping the Eyes Open,   Ch. 4, Excursion *1

Following these, come what were five appendices in an earlier volume, reduced now to more manageable proportions, and the topics in some measure contrast, in some complement the above, to give a rounded whole.

 

GENES, GENOMES, ENGENDERING WAYS AND GOVERNANCE BY GOD

 

On Genes, Genomes,
Fooling with Freedom and
Clowning with Clones

 

 

For considerations of these topics,  
the reader may consult

 

4. News 153, 166,

5. Sparkling Life Ch. 6,

6. Ancient Words, Modern Deeds Ch. 9,
7. Tender Times For Timely Truth Ch. 10, and
8. Lord of Life Ch. 5.
 

Updates: See the sixth volume, here.

 

 

This fifth volume is formed by reducing the size, hitherto perhaps 1300 pages, of volume two, and setting what were its appendices with what now requires its place in the form of three new chapters, from Anguish, Ecstasy and the Mastery of the Messiah, commencing with
Chapters   8  and  9.

These deal with Wesley and Calvin, Whitefield and Arminianism in an historical setting, but with systematic intent, and resolve the issues involved by reference to the scriptures of light, the Bible. They have arisen from a letter of enquiry, of a lively character. With Chapter 10, this new material moves the wonder of freedom in grace, and of grace in freedom, matching the superb wisdom of God in all things in cohesion, coherence and control. Thus these chapters  have much to do with the grace of love and the love of grace revealed and found in the Lord.