By William Burt Pope
Brian J. Abasciano President of the Society of Evangelical Arminians has referred to as this the simplest Arminian Systematic theology ever written.
This is the third of three volumes written in 1889
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II. This perfection is Evangelical: that is, it is distinguished from every kind of perfection that is not of pure grace; and it bears, like everything pertaining to the estate of humanity, the impress of the condescension and lovingkindness of God. It is, however much the thought may be disapproved of men, a perfection accommodated to our fallen condition: not lowered but accommodated; a distinction this which is not without a difference. There is a consummation here as well as hereafter. 1. It is not absolute perfection; nor the perfection of Adam's estate, who had not fallen; nor the perfection of sinlessness, which can never be predicated of those who will bear in them the consequences of sin until the end.
As to the latter, it is not to be doubted that original sin, or sin as generic and belonging to the race in its federal constitution on earth, is not abolished till the time of which it is said, Behold, I make all things new:1 as something of the penalty remains untaken away, so also something of the peculiar concupiscence or liability to temptation or affinity with evil that besets man in this world remains. The saint delivered from personal sin is still connected with sin by his own past: the one forgiveness is regarded as perpetually renewed until the final act of mercy.
1. Once we have the expression perfecting holiness,1 epiteloúntes, where the word indicates an end to which effort is ever converging, whether that end be fully attained or not: in any case it is a progress. Again, St. Paul prays, The very God of peace sanctify you wholly,2 where the gradual perfecting of body, soul and spirit is obviously referred to. 7 It is important to remember the form of the present participles in these passages: in the latter it is not sesosmenous, such as were effectually saved, nor sothmsomenous, such as should be saved; in the former it is not hagiasmenoi, such as were once for all sanctified.
A Compendium of Christian Theology :Systematic Theology Vol 3 of 3 by William Burt Pope