Lucas Trelcatius on the knowledge of true theology

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... Divinity we mean not that first pattern, which in God is of God himself, nay, is God himself (for both God & that which is in God is the self same in a simple Essence) wherein by an indivisible and unchangeable act, he knoweth both himself in himself, and out of himself all and singular things by himself, but the stamp out of that former expressed and shapened by a revelation and gracious communication thereof, either according to the universal nature in all men, or according to special grace & measure of the scripture in the Church. He that would enquire the verity hereof, ought to consider two things, first, that it is, secondly, what it is. That there is such a stamp of Divinity, the Nature of God, the light both of our own Natural conscience, and supernatural knowledge revealed, as also the common experience of Nations and ages do declare.

The Nature of God, for sith he is by all means infinitely good, we must no way think that God wanteth a good mean to communicate good, whose property it is to be a communicator of himself, or to communicate himself with other his creatures, according to their condition. The light both of our Natural conscience, by which clearly shining, all men have this settled in their hearts, that there is a Divination, and other kinds of divine communications as also of supernatural Knowledge revealed whereby we know that whole truth to be fully and plainly registered in the holy scriptures, which was behooful for us to know to our salvation. ...

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