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Augustine – Made For God

18 Oct

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GREAT art Thou, O Lord, and greatly to be praised; great is Thy power, and of Thy wisdom there is no end. And man, being a part of Thy creation, desires to praise Thee,—man, who bears about with him his mortality, the witness of his sin, even the witness that Thou “resistest the proud,”—yet man, this part of Thy creation, desires to praise Thee. Thou movest us to delight in praising Thee; for Thou hast formed us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee.

~Augustine~


The Confessions of St. Augustin (Buffalo, NY: Christian Literature Company, 1886), 45.

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Augustine – Sanctification, Free Will, and the Holy Spirit

21 Feb

The human will is so divinely helped in the pursuit of righteousness, that he [the believer] receives the Holy Spirit, by whom there is formed in his mind a delight in, and a love of, that supreme and unchangeable good, which is God. By this gift to him of the down payment, as it were, of the free gift, he [the believer] conceives a burning desire to cleave to his Maker. A mans free will, indeed, does not help at all except to sin, if he does not know the way of truth. And even after he begins to know his duty and proper aim, unless he also takes delight in and feels a love for it, he neither does his duty, nor sets about it, nor lives rightly. Now, in order that such a course may engage our affections, Gods love is shed abroad in our hearts, not through the free will which arises from ourselves, but through the Holy Spirit, who is given to us [Rom 5: 5].

~Augustine~


Historical Theology (Grand Rapids, MI; Zondervan; 2011) Chapter 24: Sanctification

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Augustine – What is Grace?

19 Jun

What is grace? That which is freely given. What is “freely given”? Given, not paid. If it was due, wages would be given, but grace would not be bestowed. But if it was really due, then you were good. But if, as is true, you were evil but believed on him who justifies the ungodly (What is, “who justifies the ungodly”? the ungodly is made righteous), consider what by right hung over you by the law and you have obtained by grace. But having obtained that grace by faith, you will be just by faith—”for the just lives by faith.”

~Augustine~


Historical Theology (Grand Rapids, MI; Zondervan; 2011) Chapter 23: Justification

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Augustine – The Word Was God

22 Dec

He [Jesus, the Word of God] “was” before his own flesh; he created his own mother. He chose her in whom he should be conceived, he created her of whom he should be created. Why marvellest thou? It is God of whom I am speaking to thee: “the Word was God.”

~Augustine~






Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus (Wheaton, IL; Crossway Books, 2008) p. 67. Adapted from St. Augustine: Homilies on the Gospel of John; Sermon LXIX

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Augustine: On Writing

26 Apr

I count myself one of the number of those who write as they learn and learn as they write.

~Augustine~





Letters 211-270: Works of Saint Augustine II/4 (Hyde Park, New York; New City Press; 2005) Letter 143 “To Marcellinus.”

Quoted by Calvin in the Institutes of the Christian Religion (Louisville, Kentucky; Westminster John Know Press; 2006) Vol 1. p.5.

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Augustine On The Heart’s Awakening

13 Apr

Thou awakest us to delight in Thy praise; for Thou madest us for Thyself, and our heart is restless, until it repose in Thee.

~Augustine~






Confessions (Hyde Park, NY; New City Press, 97) p. 5.

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