John Owen on the idol of a mutable god

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... That God should be conceived angry after the manner of men, or with any such kind of Passion, is gross Anthropomorphism; as bad, if not worse, then the assigning of him a bodily shape. The Anger of God is a pure Act of his Will, whereby he will effects and inflict the Effects of Anger. Now what is before the fore-sight of the Death of Christ, is certainly from Eternity. God’s Anger must respect either the purpose of God, or the Effects of it. The latter it cannot be, for they are undoubtedly all temporal. It must be then his purpose from Eternity to inflict punishment, that is the Effect of Anger.

This then is the First thing in the business of Redemption assigned by Grotius, unto the Lord. viz. He purposed from Eternity, to inflict punishment on Sinners: and on what sinners? even those, for whom he gives Christ to die, and afterwards receives into favour, as he expresseth himself. Behold here a Mystery of Vorstian Theology: God changing his eternal purposes. This Arminius at first could not down withal, inferring from hence, That the Will of God differed not from his Essence, that every act thereof, is, 1 Most Simple: 2 Infinite: 3 Eternal: 4 Immutable: 5 Holy. Reason itself would fain speak in this Cause, but that the Scriptures do so abound, many places are noted in the Margin. Ja. 1. 17. 2 Tim. 2. 19. Ps. 33. 9, 10, 11. Acts. 15. 18. &c. may be added. A mutable god, is of the dunghill. ...

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