Some notes as I work through J. L. Dagg’s Manual of Theology (1857) one chapter at a time.
Book 2: Conclusion
1. There is a war going on inside those who do not love God “between their conscience” which knows God exists and their obligation to love Him “and the depraved affections.”
2. “The mind, in its proper and healthy action, joyfully receives the doctrine [concerning God], and finds in God the object of its highest love.”
3. When the godly study God’s character, their heart will be drawn towards God with more intense affection as they see the beauty and glory of that character.
4. “Love to the true God is love to the God of holiness and justice, the God in whom every moral perfection is united; and if our love is of this kind, we shall delight to survey the glories of the divine character, and, apart from all views of the benefits received from him, shall be enamoured of his essential loveliness.”
5. True love of God is accompanied by humility. Contemplating God should lead to turning away from all admiration of human greatness. “But the strongest incentive to humility is found in contrasting our depravity with God’s holiness.”
6. “The tendency of this doctrine to exert a sanctifying influence, at the very origin of all human feeling and action, demonstrates that it comes from God.”
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