John Flavel on the equality of human souls

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Reformed Covenanter

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All souls are rated and valued in God’s book, and account, at one and the same price; and therefore by nature are of equal worth and dignity. Under the law, the rich and the poor were to give the same ransom, Exod. 30: 15. “The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less than half a shekel.” The redemption of souls, by the blood of Christ, costs one and the same price.

The poorest and the most despised soul that believes in Jesus, is as much indebted to him for the ransom of his soul, as the greatest and most illustrious person in the world. Moses, Abraham, Paul, &c. did not cost Christ any thing more than poor Lazarus, or the meanest among all the saints did. “The righteousness of Christ is unto all, and upon all that believe, for there is no difference,” Rom. 3: 22.

But yet we must not understand this parity of human souls universally, or in all respects. Though being of one species or common nature, they are all equal, and those of them that are purchased by the blood of Christ are all purchased at one rate; yet there are divers other respects and considerations, wherein there are remarkable differences betwixt soul and soul.

For the reference, see John Flavel on the equality of human souls.
 

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Amen. This is a missionary call to reach the poor and remote souls in many destitute parts of this dark world, who are often neglected. Their souls are as valuable as ours in the affluent West.
 

Reformed Covenanter

Cancelled Commissioner
Amen. This is a missionary call to reach the poor and remote souls in many destitute parts of this dark world, who are often neglected. Their souls are as valuable as ours in the affluent West.

I was just reading John Owen on the very same subject earlier. He combined our duty to love all mankind with a postmillennial (or at least optimistic) view of the gospel's advance as motivating factors to support missionary endeavours.
 
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