Amandus Polanus on the communicable divine attributes

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... The will of God, is that by which he willeth all things. Rom 9.15.22. Eph. 1.5.9.11. And that will is only one, & most simple if we respect God him self, but so far as we respect men, to whom it is either revealed or hid, it is two fold: manifest or secret. The schoolmen do call the former of these, the will of the sign, the other the will of the good pleasure of God. The secret will also in due time appointed by God, is made open and manifest.

The will of God is most free, whereupon also it is called the free will of God. The free will of God, is that self same essence of God, understanding by it self all things immediately and most perfectly, & that most freely, but yet unchangeably and necessarily, willing that which is good only, and abhorring that only which is evil, neither depending of another former beginning, but of it self only. And this alone may properly be called of his own power.

The goodness of God is that by which he is the author of all good things. And he doth exercise this, either generally towards all creatures, or else particularly towards his elect. The former is called beneficence, the later is called mercy. The beneficence of God, is that by which he giveth his gifts to all his creatures. Mat. 5.44.45. Act. 14.17. The mercy of God is that by which God doth good to his elect, although they deserve nothing of him but evil. Esa. 49.10.13. Eph. 2.3.4. Psal. 145.9. ...

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