Increase Mather (1639–1723) on common and special grace


“There is the common grace of God, all creatures are the subjects of that. Psal. 145.9. ‘The Lord is good to all, and his tender mercies are over all his works.’ He does good to all: there is common grace which all the worlds of God are the subjects of; but then there is also special grace that the elect of God are the subjects of, and this is the grace that brings salvation. Psal. 106.4. ‘Remember me, O Lord, with the favour that thou bearest unto thy people, O visit me with thy salvation.’ Thus we see what is intended by Grace: It is the free favour of God which He is pleased to manifest to His People, tho’ they deserve it not.”

– Increase Mather (1639–1723), “A Dying Testimony to the Sovereign Grace of God in the Salvation of His Elect,” in Five Sermons on Several Subjects, 37