Monday, August 4, 2014

"City of God" XVI.26-27

Chapter 26:
While God does work through nature, including in the birth of Ishmael, He works all the more when nature fails and grace carries us through: "For although God effects even the natural course of procreation, yet where the agency of God is manifest, through the decay or failure of nature, grace is more plainly discerned."
So we see that Isaac is the child of promise--a promise which is attended with all sorts of foreshadowings of the coming of Jesus and the salvation of God's people.

Chapter 27:
In the establishment of the practice of circumcision, we see that even infants are guilty of original sin. The fact that they too need to be set apart suggests that they are born with the same sinful nature as everyone else.

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