August 30, 2014

Paul Baynes (c.1573–1617) Affirming God's Love for All in the Offer of the Gospel

In the words [of John 3:16] there is only one phrase of speech that doth need to be unfolded; that is, what is meant by the world. Theophylact gives two significations of this word, in the eleventh of John, the one τό συμωαν, that is, the whole universe. The other, τας ταυοσμιυα φζονοντας? [Greek difficult to read], that is, men worldly minded. Some taking it in the former sense very largely, though not for the universality of the creature, yet of all men universally, give these two interpretations of it. The first, thus: God so loved all men, that he vouchsafed to give and offer his Son in the preaching of the gospel unto all; according to those places: Go, teach all Nations, Matt. 28:19. Preach the Gospel to every creature. Mark 16:15. A truth, I confess, but not meant in this place. For here is not meddled with the Ministry: but the Decree of God, and manner of our Redemption, is manifested.
Paul Baynes, The Mirror or Miracle of God's Love Unto the World of his Elect (London: Printed by H. L. for Nathanael Newbery: and are to be sold at his shop under St. Peters Church in Cornhill, and in Popes head Alley, at the sign of the Starre, 1619), 2–3.

Baynes, who was a high Calvinist, takes the "world" of John 3:16 in the decretal sense, as if the text means, "God so loved his people chosen to salvation through the world..." Ibid., 6.


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