January 12, 2015

Thomas Taylor (1576–1633) on God's Universal and Special Love

God loves all men, but not alike: for we must distinguish of God's love unto man, which is twofold: 1. Universal or general, by which he loves men as his creatures. 2. Special and particular, whereby he loves them as new creatures. By this special kind of love he loves only his elect, and no wicked men, who yet as his creatures are loved of him, but not in such effects of love as the elect are.
Thomas Taylor, Davids Learning, Or the Way to True Happiness: In a Commentarie Upon the 32 Psalm (London: Printed by William Stansby for Henrie Fetherstone, and are to be sold at his shop in Pauls Church-yard at the signe of the Rose, 1617), xvi. (or A5v) [No pagination; pages numbered manually from the beginning; some spelling updated]


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