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ARTICLE 6

THE NEED FOR THE GOSPEL

What, therefore, neither the light of nature nor the law can do, God performs by the power of the Holy Spirit through the word or ministry of reconciliation,1 which is the gospel of the Messiah, by which it has pleased God to save men who believe,2 both under the old and under the new dispensation.

1 2 Cor 5:18-19.

2 1 Cor 1:21.


ARTICLE 7

WHY THE GOSPEL IS SENT TO SOME AND NOT TO OTHERS

Under the old dispensation God revealed this mystery of His will to few. Under the new dispensation, however, He took the distinction between the peoples away and revealed it to a larger number.1 The cause of this very distribution of the gospel is not to be ascribed to the worthiness of one people above another, nor to the better use of the light of nature, but to the sovereign good pleasure and undeserved love of God.2 Therefore we to whom so great a grace