“…the gospel salvation is to be proclaimed to our fellow sinners at large, it will not follow that the gospel salvation is to be offered to all our fellow sinners at large until it be proved that proclaiming salvation, and offering it, are precisely the same thing.
The gospel should always be preached with a view to its being accepted ; but by whom ? By the non-elect ? What hopes soever may be entertained by others of its being received by them, I know not ; for myself, I must confess, that I never had ‘ the least hope, that it would ever be received by a single individual more than God’s elect ; and therefore, could never preach it with a view to its being received by the non-elect. That all the elect will receive it, we have the most positive proof. °1 For whom he did predestinate them he also called.” “All that the Father giveth me shall come unto me.” ” God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.” ” As many as were ordained to eternal life believed.” Let us preach the gospel in all its fullness and glory, with a view to its being received by all the chosen, and then we shall preach according to the oracles of God ; according to the will of God ; and in perfect accordance with sound Calvinistic principles. But if we preach it with a view to its being received by the non-elect, as well as the elect, our view will be hostile to the word of God, to his design, to every sound Calvinistic principle, and instead of doing the work of evangelists, we shall, whatever may be said to the contrary, be found daubing with the un- tempered mortar of Arminianism.
I did not say, that God does not so much as offer his favours to the non-elect ; but that he does not so much as offer his special favours to them. The word special is important in this case, as it marks the distinction, between the common blessings of providence, and the special blessings of grace. To the former such passages as Gen. iv. 6, 7., and Ezek. xxxiii. 2. ; which shall be considered in their proper places, may be applied, which have no relation whatever to special favours.”