God Enlightens All Men
ST. JOHN 1
9 That was the true light, which enlighteneth every man that cometh into this world.
26 Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying: Arise, go towards the south, to the way that goeth down from Jerusalem into Gaza: this is desert.
35 Then Philip, opening his mouth and beginning at this scripture, preached unto him Jesus. 36 And as they went on their way they came to a certain water. And the eunuch said: See, here is water: What doth hinder me from being baptized? 37 And Philip said: If thou believest with all thy heart, thou mayest. And he answering, said: I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
Ver. 37. If thou believest with all thy heart. The scripture many times mentions only one disposition, as her belief, when others equally necessary are not expressed. These are a sorrow for sins, a firm hope, and the love of God. Moreover, believing with the whole heart signifies a belief of every thing necessary for salvation.
19 Because that which is known of God is manifest in them. for God hath manfested it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made. His eternal power also and divinity: so that they are inexcusable. 21 Because that, when they knew god, they have not glorified him as God or given thanks: but became vain in their thoughts. And their foolish heart was darkened. 22 For, professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.
1 For the grace of God our Saviour hath appeared to all men.
2 THESSALONIANS 2
10 And in all seduction of iniquity to them that perish: because they receive not the love of truth, tht they might be saved. Therefore God shall send them the operation of error, to believe lying:
11 that all may be judged who have not believed the truth but have consented to the iniquity.
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