Obadiah Sedgwick on despair, infidelity, and faith

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Despair, which is a manifest dissent, not so much in respect of the thing, or object, (for this is assented unto as true in respect of it self, viz. That God is merciful, and Christ did die for sinners) but in respect of the person or subject, wherein the soul gives up it self as lost, as without the compass and hopefulness of the divine proclamation:

It is persuaded that there is no possibility for it to recover the shore, and therefore sinks in the depths: My meaning is, That such a soul, though it sees that in God, and that in Christ which can save, and doth save others, yet cuts off it self as not at all capable of any interest in the mercy of God, or blood of Christ, and so eternally falls under its own weight, as is evident in Judas and Cain.

Now despair, so far as it makes assent unto Truths, it is opposed unto Infidelity; and so far as it dissents from special goodness in them, it is opposed to Faith; and so far as it concludes impossibility of that good unto it self, it is opposed to Hope. ...

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