Monday, April 20, 2020

Law: the finality of choice

Monday, April 20, 2020
    The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
    —2 Peter 3:9 (NIV)
    Hear how the God of nature himself speaks of this matter: “Behold, I have set before thee life and death, fire and water,—choose whither thou wilt.” Here lies the whole of the divine mercy; ’tis all on this side the Day of Judgment: till the end of time, God is compassionate and long-suffering, and continues to every creature a power of choosing life or death, water or fire; but when the end of time is come, there is an end of choice, and the last judgment is only a putting everyone into the full and sole possession of that which he has chosen.
    ... William Law (1686-1761), An Appeal to All that Doubt [1740], in Works of Rev. William Law, v. VI, London: G. Moreton, 1893, p. 98 (see the book)
    See also 2 Pet. 3:9; Deut. 30:15-17; Gal. 6:7; Jas. 5:11
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, incline me to repentance.
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