"The rule of Theological Verity," writes Arminius, "is not two-fold, one Primary and the other Secondary; but it is one and simple, the Sacred Scriptures."1 He was unrelenting on his views of the authority and certainty, perfection, perspicuity and efficacy of the scriptures. Concerning the Gospel and the Christian religion, Arminius notes that such is the duty of everyone towards God, and it is "necessary that it should be so prescribed by God in His sure word, as to render it evident to man that he is bound by this prescript as it proceeds from God; or, at least, it may and ought to be evident to man."2 After all, writes the apostle Peter, believers have "the prophetic word made more sure," to which we would all do well to pay attention (2 Peter 1:19; cf. 2 Tim. 3:16; Rom. 1:16-17; 1 Cor. 1:18).
The Law therefore, both as it was first delivered to Adam and as it was given by Moses, agrees with the Gospel,(1.) In the general consideration of having One Author. For one and the same God is the Author of both, who delivered the Law as a Legislator (Gen. 2:17; Exodus 20:2); but He promulgated [announced] the Gospel, as the Father of mercies and the God of all grace: Whence the former is frequently denominated "the Law of God," and the latter "the Gospel of God" (Rom. 1:1).(2.) In the general relation of their Matter. For the doctrine of each consists of a command to obedience, and of the promise of a reward: On this account each of them has the name of תורה "the Law," which is also commonly ascribed to both in the Scriptures (Isaiah 2:3).(3.) In the general consideration of their End [i.e., their Goal], which is the glory of the Wisdom, Goodness, and Justice of God.(4.) In their common subject, as not being distinguished by special respects. For the Law was imposed on men, and to men also was the Gospel manifested.3
spiritual (John 4:21, 23), containing spiritual commands and the promise of a heavenly inheritance agreeing with "the new man" (Eph. 1:3; Heb. 8:6); though it promises earthly blessings, as additions, to those who "seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness" (Matt. 6:33). . . . But may God grant that from His word we may be enabled still more clearly to understand this glorious economy of His, to His glory, and for "our gathering together in Christ!" [2 Thessalonians 2:1]10