Ralph Venning on God accepting the will for the deed

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As to such things as we would do, but cannot, God will accept the will for the deed, provided, we be as willing to do as to will the deed. Thus Abraham is said to have offered up his Son, because he was willing to do it. And this is the consolation the Apostle had, when to will was present with him, but to do he had no power; that with his mind he did serve the Law or the Will of God, Rom. 7.

The Saints cannot do the things that they would, because the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, Gal. 5.17. and in such a case Christ doth excuse his disciples with this, The spirit indeed, (mark that, the spirit indeed) is willing, but the flesh is weak, Matth. 26.41. and upon this account ’tis, that Christ tells his Father, John 17.6. that his disciples had kept his Word, though they failed very often, because their heart was to it.

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