Though God loves all men, yet saves not all men, he loves them, because he made them, he saves them not, because he willed it not: he could not in justice will all men’s salvation, seeing man by his voluntary injustice deprived himself of salvation. He loves his own image, but hates that which defaced his image, he loves the man, but hates the sin, and if it were not for sin, he would not punish man. Lord, thy love to man is unspeakable, in that thou saves some, and thy justice is unsearchable, in that thou saves not all. I cannot blame thy justice, but my sins, that caused my misery. I cannot brag of my merits, but of thy goodness, that moved thee to mercy.


God hates the sins of man, because he loves his own justice with the love of complacency.1 He hates the miseries of man., because he loves man’s welfare with the love of amitie,2 but by accident he loves the death of wicked men, because he hates the works of iniquity. Thus it is natural for God to hate evil, as it is to love himself, and as impossible for him to love evil, as it is to hate himself. Alexander Ross, A Centurie of Divine Meditations Upon Predestination and its Adjuncts (London: Printed by James Young, 1646), 96-98. [Some reformatting; some spelling modernized; marginal notes cited as footnotes; and italics original.]


1Amor benovolentiæ.

2Amor amicitiæ.

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