Whichcote’s Aphorisms -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 030:120 (Oct 1873)
Article: Whichcote’s Aphorisms
Author: Anonymous

Whichcote’s Aphorisms

(Continued from p. 393.)

The Chief End Of Man

19. That which is not original to itself cannot be final to itself. But to whom it belongs to be the first cause, to the same it belongs to be the last end: so God should be to us by our own act. He that is original to us by himself should be final to us by our choice. 848. It is certain that God intended himself to be the peculiar object of mind and understanding in man, because mind and understanding in man are beyond the satisfaction that is to be had in anything, but God himself: it is too big for the world, and too good for it. 762. Worship God in spirit, i.e. in the motion of the mind and understanding — in the free, full, noble, ingenuous use of a man’s highest powers and faculties. To serve God with the determination of the understanding and the freeness of choice, first to judge, and then to choose; this is the immutable religion of God’s creation, the service of angels and men, self-established, not depending upon institution, indispensable; the religion of the state of innocency, and there is nothing beyond this in the state of glory, but as perfected there.

The Moral And The Positive In Religion

586. There are but two things in religion: morals and institutions. Morals may be known by the reason of the thing. Morals are owned as soon as spoken, and they are nineteen parts in twenty of all religion. Institutions depend upon scripture; and no one institution depends upon one text of scripture only; that institution which has but one text for it has never a one. 1084. The moral part of religion consists of things good in themselves, necessary and indispensable; the instituted part of religion consists of things made necessary only by the determinations of the divine will. He that denies the former is atheistical; he that denies the latter is infidel. 222. Institutes were never intended to be in compensation for failure in morals; but are all for the better security of morals, and give place to them, and are in subservience to them. 362. Ignorance of mere institutes may be invincible, because institutes must be declared by some instrument of God (by revelation); whereof the party may have no notice; but in morals we are made to know and judge and determine, and the light of God’s creation is sufficient thereto; so that here there is no invincible, and consequently inculpable ignorance.

The Bible

921. The sense of the church is not a rule, but a thing ruled. The church is bound unto reason and scripture, and governed by them, as much as any particular person. 1168. It is neither necessary, nor indeed possible, to understand any matter of faith farther than it is revealed; that is not revealed ...

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