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Justin Martyr: “all who wish for it can obtain mercy”

23 July 2020

Justin Martyr

 

 

 

 

“God, wishing men and angels to follow His will, resolved to create them free to do righteousness; possessing reason, that they may know by whom they are created, and through whom they, not existing formerly, do now exist; and with a law that they should be judged by Him, if they do anything contrary to right reason: and of ourselves we, men and angels, shall be convicted of having acted sinfully, unless we repent beforehand. But if the word of God foretells that some angels and men shall be certainly punished, it did so because it foreknew that they would be unchangeably wicked, but not because God had created them so. So that if they repent, all who wish for it can obtain mercy from God: and the Scripture foretells that they shall be blessed, saying, ‘Blessed is the man to whom the Lord imputes not sin’ (Ps. 32:2); that is, having repented of his sins, that he may receive remission of them from God.”

St. Justin, Martyr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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