August 11, 2007

Thomas Manton (1620–1677) on the Damned Remembering Grace

The Damned in hell cannot accuse God for want of mercy; it will be a part of their torment in hell to remember that God hath been gracious; conscience will be forced to acknowledge it, and to acquit God. Though they hate God and blaspheme him, yet they will remember the offers of grace, riches of goodness, and care of his providence: ‘They will not see, but shall see,’ Isa. xxvi. 11. Oculos quos occlusit culpa, aperiet pœna. As now when God bringeth carnal men under mercies, it is one of the greatest aggravations.

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