Cause not Effect

Bradford:  “Indeed God requireth of us obedience and worthiness, but not that thereby we might be his children and he our Father; but, because He is our Father and we His children, through His own goodness in Christ, therefore requireth he faith and obedience. Now, if we want this obedience and worthiness which he requireth, should we doubt whether he be our Father! Nay, that were to make our obedience and worthiness the cause, and so to put Christ out of place, for whose sake God is our Father.”

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