« PreviousContinue »
to: walk with him in all the ways of his commandments d. .
III. Although repentance be not to be rested in, as any fatisfa&tion for fin, or any cause of the pardon thereofe, which is the act of God's free grace in Chriftf; yet is it of such necessity to all finners, that none may expect pardon without itg.
it may be that the Lord God of hosts be ashamed and confounded for will be gracious unto the remnant your own ways, O house of Israel. of Joseph. Pfal. cxix. 128. There- Ezek. xvi. 61. Then thou shalt refore I eitecm all thy precepts con- member thy ways, and be ashamed, cerning all things to be right; and when thou shalt receive thy filters, I hate every
falte way. 2 Cor. vii. thine elder and thy younger : and I 11. For behold, this self-fame thing will give them unto thee for daughthat ye sorrowed after a godly fort, ters, but not by thy covenant. v.62. what carefulnels it wrought in you, And I will eitablish' my covenant yea, what clearing of yourselves, with thee, and thou shalt know that yea, what indignation, yea, what I am the Lord. v. 63. That thou fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, mayest remember and be confoundwhat zeal, yea, what revenge ! in all ed, and never open thy mouth any things ye have approved yourselves more, because of thy shame, when I to be clear in this matter.
am pacified toward thee for all that d Pfal. cxix. 6. Then shall I not thou hait done, faith the Lord God. be allamned, when I have respect f Hof. xiv. 2. Take with you unto all thy cominandments. v.59. words, and turn to the Lord, fay I thought on my ways, and turned unto him, Take away all iniquity, my feet unto thy teflimonies. v. and receive us graciously: so will 106. I have fiorn, and I will per- we render the calves of our lips. v. form it, that I will keep thy righte- 4. I will heal their backsliding, I ous judgments. Lukci. 6. And they will love them freely: for mine anwere both righteous before God, ger is turned away from him. Rom. walking in all the commandments iii. 24. Being jultified freely by his and ordinances of the Lord blame. grace, through the redemption leis. 2 Kings xxiii. 25. And like un- that is in Jesus Christ. Eph. i. 7. to him was there no king before him, In whom we have redemption thro' that turned to the Lord with all his his blood, the forgiveness of fins, heart, and with all his foul, and with according to the riches of his grace. all his might, according toallthe law & Luke xiii. 3. I tell you, Nay: of Moles; neither after him arole but except ye repent, ye shall all there any likę hiin.
likewise perilh.v.5. I tell you, Nay: III. Ezek. xxxvi. 31. Then thall but except ye repent, ye shall all ye remember your own evil ways, likewise perish. Acts xvii. 30. And and your doings that were not good, the times of this ignorance God and shall lothe your felves in your winked at; but now commandeth own siglit, for your iniquities and all men every where to repent. v. for
your abominations. v. 32. Not 31. Because he hath appointed a for your fakes do I this, faith the day, in the which he will judge the Lord God, be it known unto you:
IV. As there is no fin so small, but it deserves damnation h; so there is no fin so great, that it can bring damnation upon those who truly repenti.
V. Men ought not to content themselves with a general repentance, but it is every man's duty to endeavour to repent of his particular fins particularlyk.
VI. As every man is bound to make private confession of his sins to God, praying for the pardon thereof l; upon which,
and world in righteousness, by that man V. Psal. xix. 13. Keek back thy whom he hath ordained; whereof fervant also from presumptuoussins, he hath given assurance unto all let them not have dominion over me; men, in that he hath raised him then shall I be upright, and I shali from the dead.
be innocent from the great transIV. b Rom, vi. 23. For the wa- gresion. Luke xix. 8. And Zacges of fin is death; but the gift of cheus stood and said unto the Lord, God is eternal life, through Jesus Behold, Lord, the half of my goods Christ our Lord. Rom. v. 12. I give to the poor, and if I have taWherefore, as by one man sin enter- ken any thing from any man by ed into the world, and death by fin; false accusation, I restore him fourand so death passed-upon all men, fold. 1 Tim. i. 13. Who was befor that all have finned. Mat. xii. fore a blasphemer, and a persecu36. But I say unto you, that every tor and injurious. But I obtainidle word that men shall speak, they ed mercy, because I did it igno-' thall give account thereof in the day rantly, in unbelief. y. 15. This is of judgment.
a faithful saying, and worthy of all illa, lv. 7. Let the wicked for acceptation, that Christ Jesus came fake his way, and the unrighteous into the world to save finners; of man his thoughts: and let him re. whom I am chief, turn unto the Lord, and he will VI. 1 Pfal. li. 4. Against thee, have mercy upon him, and to our thee only have I finned, and done God, for he will abundantly par- this evil in thy fight : that thou don. Rom. viii, 1. There is there- mightest be justified when thou fore now no condemnation to them fpeakest, and be clear when thou who are in Christ Jesus, who walk judgeit. v. 5. Behold, I was shapen not after the fielh, but after the fpi- in iniquity: and in sin did my mnorit. Ifa. i. 16. Walh ye, make you ther conceive me. v: 7. Purge me clean, put away the evil of your do- with hyssop, and I shall be clean; ings from before mine eyes, cease wash me, and I shall be whiter than to do evil. v. 18. Come now and let fnow. v.9. Hide thy face from my us reason together, faith the Lord; fins; and blot out all mine iniquia though your fins be as scarlet, they ties. v. 14. Deliver me from blood. shall be as white as snow; though guiltiness, O God, thou God of my they be red like crimson, they shall falvation and my tongue shall fing be as woo!.
aloud of thy rightcoufnefs. Pfal.
and the forsaking of them, he shall find mercy m: So he that scandalizeth his brotber, or the church of Christ, ought to be willing, by a private or public confession and forrow for his fin, to declare his repentance to those that are offended n; who are thereupon to be reconciled to him, and in love to receive himo.
CHAP. XVI. Of Good Works. TOOD works are only such as God hath commanded in
his holy word a, and not such as, without the warrant thereof, are devised by men, out of blind zeal, or upon any pretence of good intention b.
II. These xxxii. 5. I acknowledged my fin un- Josh. vii. 19. And Joshua faid unto to thce, and mine iniquity have I Achan, My son, give, I pray thee, pot hid: I said, I will confess my glory to the Lord God of Israel, transgressions unto the Lord; and and make confeflion unto him; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my tell me now what thou hast done, lin. Şelah. y. 6. For this thall eve- hide it not from me. (Pfal. li. ry one that is godly pray unto thee, throughout.) in a time when thou mayest be o 2 Cor. ii. 8. Wherefore I be, found: surely in the foods of great feech
would confirm waters, they shall not come nigh your love towards him. unto him.
I a Micah vi. 8. He hath shewed m Prov. xxviii. 13. He that co, thee, O man, what is good; and vereth his fins, shall not profper: what doth the Lord require of thee, but whofa confesleth and forsaketh but to do justice, and to love mercy, them, ihall have mercy. 1 John i. and to walk humbly with thy God? 9. If we confess our sins, he is faith. Rom. xii. 2. And be not conformed ful and just to forgive us our fins, to this world: but be ye transformand to cleanse us from all unrigh- cd by the renewing of your mind, teousnefs.
that ye may prove what is that * James v. 16. Confess your faults good, and acceptable and perfect one to another, and pray one for a- will of God. Heb, xiii. 21. Make nother, that ye may be healed: The you perfect in every good work to effe&tual fervent prayer of a righte: do his will, working in you that ous man availeth much. Luke xvii. which is well pleasing in his fight, 3. Take heed to your selves: If thy through Jesus Christ; to whom be brother trespass against thee, rebuke glory for ever and ever. Amen. him; and if he repent, forgive him. © Mat. xv. 9. But in vain they do V. 4. And if he trespass against thee worship me, teaching for doctrines seven times in a day, and feven times the commandments of men. Ifa. in a day turn again to thee, saying, xxix. 13. Wherefore the Lord said, I repent; thou shalt forgive him. Forasmuch as this people draw near
II. These good works, done in obedience to God's commandments, are the fruits and evidences of a true and lively faith e: and by them believers manifeft their thankfulnessd, strengthen their assurancee, edify their brethren f, adorn the
prome with their mouth, and with their der unto the Lord for all his bene. lips do honour me, but have remov- fits towards me? v. 13. I will take ed their heart far from me, and their the cup of salvation, and call upon fear towards me is taught by the the name of the Lord. 1 Pet, ii.
.9. precept of men. 1 Pet. i. 18. For- But ye are a chosen ġeneration, a aim'ich as ye know that ye were not royal prieithood, an holy nation, a redeeined with corruptible things, peculiar people; that ye should shew as filver and gold, irom your vain forth the praises of him, who hath conversation, received by tradition called you out of darkness into his from your fathers, Rom. 1. 2. For marvellous light. I bear them record, that they have el John ii. 3. And hereby we do a zeal of God, but not according to
know that we know him, if we keep knowledge. John xvi. 2. They shall his commandments. v.5. But whoput you out of the synagogues, yea, fo keepeth his word, in him verily is the time cometh, that whosoever the love of God perfected: hereby killeth you, will think that he doth know we that we are in him. 2 Pet. God service. 1 Sam, xv. 21. But i. 5. And besides this, giving all dithe people took of the spoil, sheep ligence, add to your faith, virtue; and oxen, the chief of the things and to virtue, knowledge; v. 6. which should have been utterly de- And to knowledge, temperance; stroyed, to sacrifice unto the Lord and to temperance, patience; and thy God in Gilgal. v. 22. And Sa. to patience, godliness; v.7. And to muel said, Hath the Lord as great godliness, brotherly kindness; and delight in burnt-offerings and facri: to brotherly kindness, charity. v.8. fices, as in obeying the voice of the For if these things be in you, and aLord? Behold, to obey is better bound, they make you that ye shall than facrifice; and to hearken, than neither be barren, nor unfruitful in the fat of rams. v. 23. For rebelli- the knowledge of our Lord Jesus on is as the sin of witchcraft, and Christ. v. 9. But he that lacketh ftubbornnessis as iniquity and idola. these things, is blind, and cannot try: because thou hast rejected the fee far off, and hath forgotten that word of the Lord, he hath also re; he was purged from his old fins, v. jected thee from being king. 10. Wherefore the rather, bre
II. < James ü. 18. Yea, a man thren, give diligence to make your may fay, thou hast faith, and I have calling and election sure: for if ye works: fhew me thy faith without do these things, ye shall never fall. thy works, and I will shew thee my f 2 Cor. ix. 2. For I know the faith by my works. v. 22. Seest forwardness of your mind, for thou how faith wrought with his which I boast of you to them of works, and by works was faith Macedonia, that Achaia was ready made perfect?
a year ago; and your zeal hath Plal. cxvi. 12. What hall Iren- provoked very many. Mat. v. 16.
the profession of the gospelg, stop the mouths of the adversaries h, and glorify Godi, whose workmanship they are, created in Christ Jesus thereuntok; that, having their fruit unto holiness, they may have the end eternal lifel.
III. Their ability to do good works is not at all of themselves, but wholly from the Spirit of Christ m. And that they may be enabled thereunto, besides the graces they have already received, there is required an actual influence of the same holy Spirit, to work in them to will and to do of his
good Let your light so shine before men, fhall behold, glorify God in the that they may see your good works, day of visitation. Phil. i. 11. Beand glorify your Father who is in ing filled with the fruits of righteheaven.
ouiness, which are by Jesus Christ, & Tit. ii. 5. Tobe discreet, chaste, unto the glory and praise of God. keepers at home, good, obedient to John xv. 8. Herein is my Father their own husbands, that the word glorified, that ye bear much fruit, of God be not blasphemed. v. 9. io fhall ye be my disciples. Exhort servants to be obedient un- k Eph. ii. 10. For we are his to their own masters, and to please workmanship, created in Chriit Jethem well in all things; noi an- sus unto good works, which God fwering again; v. 10. Not purloin- hath before ordained that we should ing, but shewing all good fidelity; walk in them. that they may adorn the doctrine i Rom. vi. 22. But now being of God our Saviour in all things. made free from fin, and become v. 11. For the grace of God that servants to God, ye have your bringeth falvation, hath appeared fruit unto holiness, and the end to all men; V. 12. teaching us, that everlasting life. denying ungodliness and worldly III. m John xv, 4. Abide in me, lults, we thould live soberly, righ- and I in you. As the branch cannot teously, and godly in this present bear fruit of itself, except it abide world. i Tim, vi 1. Let as many in the vine: no more can ye, except servants as are under the yoke, ye abide in me. * v. 5. I am the vine, count their own masters worthy of ye are the branches: He that abidall honour; that the name of God eth in me, and I in him, the same and his doctrine be not blafphemed. bringeth forth much fruit, for with
b 1 Pet. ii. 15. For so is the will out me ye can do nothing. v.6. If a of God, that with well-doing ye man abide not in me, he is cast forth may put to silence the ignorance of as a branch, and is withered; and
men gather them and cast them ini 1 Pet. ii. 12. Having your con. to the fire, and they are burned, versation honest among the Gen- Ezek. xxxvi, 26. A new heart also tiles; that whereas they speak a. will I give you, and a new spirit will gainst you as evil doers, they may, I put within you, and I will take aby your good works which they way the ftony heart out of your