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CHAP, XV. Of Repentance unto Life.
EPENTANCE unto life is an evangelical grace', the doctrine whereof is to be preached by every minist* of the gospel, as well as that of faith in Christ". II. By it a sinner, out of the sight and sense, of the danger, but also of the o of his sins, as contrary to the holy nature as Fighteous aw of God, and upon the apprehension of his mercy in Cho to such as are penitent, so grieves for and hates his sins, i. as to turn from them all unto God', purposing and eno
wing to walk with him in all the ways of his command
III. Although repentance be not to be rested in, as any
# * islation for sin, or any cause of the pardon thereof", With is the act of God's free grace in Christ"; yet is it of
o Confounded, because I did ing in all the commandments and . the reproach of my youth. ordinances of the Lord blameless.
o; i. 12. Therefore also now, 2 Kings xxiii. 25. And like unto
taith the Lord, Turn ye even to him was there no king before him,
o all your heart, and with that turned to the Lord with all *ś, and with weeping, and with his heart, and with all his soul, *ing Ver, 18. And rend your
and with all his might, according halt and not your garments, and gnt, g
and your doings that were not good, the good, and - - - - and shall loathe yourselves in your o o *nd establish judgment in own sight, for your iniquities, and *.. f it may be that the Lord for your abominations. Ver, 32. to the * will be gracious un- Not for your sakes do I this, saith this, o: of Joseph. Psal, the Lord God, be it known unto thy pre : Therefore I esteem all you; be ashamed and confounded to Popts concerning all things for your own ways, O house of Israel. Ezek. xvi. 61. Then thou
what zeal nt desire; yea, establish my covenant with thees in all o 3 yea, what revenge i and thou shalt know that I am the g
ings ye have approved Lord: Ver. 63. That thou mayest
o:*lves to be clear in this mat- remember and be confounded, and
"Psal. ex: never open thy mouth any more be-
cause of thy shame, when I am pacio when I have respect unto
us before God, walk- lips. Ver, 4.1 will heal *.
such necessity to all sinners, that none may expect pardon without it “. IV. As there is no sin so small but it deserves damna. tion"; so there is no sin so great, that it can bring daiuliotion upon those who truly repent". V. Menought not to content themselves with a general repentance, but it is every man's duty to endeavour to * pent of his particular sins particularly". - - WI. As
sliding, I will love them freely: for sake his way, and the unrighteous mine anger is turned away from man his thoughts: and let him ". him. Rom. iii. 24. Being justified turn unto the Lord, and he will
freely by his grace, through the have mercy upon him, and to out,
redemption that is in Christ Jesus. God, for he will abundantly parEph. i. 7. In whom we have re- don. Rom. viii. 1. There is there. demption through his blood, the fore now no cond:* * *. forgiveness of sins, according to the which are in Christ,” who riches of his grace. - was not after the flesh, but as"
8 Luke xiii. 3. I tell you, Nay: the Spirit. . Isa. i. 16. Wash you; but, except ye repent, ye shall als make you clean, put away the evil likewise perish. Ver. 5. I tell you, of your doings from before mino Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall eyes; cease to do evil. Ver, 18. all likewise perish. Åcts xvii. 30. Come now, and let us,” ". And the times of this ignorance God gether, saith the Lord: though your winked at ; but now commandeth sins be as scarlet, they shall be a: all men every where to repent : white as snow; though they be red
Ver. 31. Because he hath appoint- like crimson, they shall be as wo
ed., a day, in the which he will v. k Psal., xix, 13. Ko back judge the world in righteousness by thy servant also from presumptuous that man whom he hath ordained; sins, let them not have dominion owes whereof he hath given assurance un- me: then shall I be upright, and to all men, in that he hath raised I shall be innocent from the great him from the dead. transgression. Luke xix. 8. And Zac
IV. "Rom. vi. 23. For the wages cheus stood, and said unto the Lord, of sin is death: but the gift of God Behold, Lord, the half of my goods f is eternal life, through Jesus Christ, give to the poor; and if I ho takes, our Lord. Rom. v. 12. Wherefore, any thing from any man by falso as by one man sin entered into the accusation, I restore him. fourfold. world, and death by sin; and so 1 Tim. i. 13. Who was before * bla. death passed upon all men, for that phemer, and a persecutor, and injuriall have sinned. Matth. xii. 33, ous. But I obtained mercy, bo But I say unto you, That every idle I did it ignorantly,in unbelief. Ver, 1% word that men shall speak, they This is a faithful saying, and worthy shall give account thereof in the of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus day of judgment. came into the world to save sin”
*Isa. lv. 7. Let the wicked for- of whom I am chief. * - VI. 1 Psak
VI. As every man is bound to make private confession this sins to God, praying for the pardon thereof"; upon which, and the forsaking of them, he shall find mercy"; sole that scandalizeth his brother, or the church of Christ,
ought to be willing, by a
rivate or publick confession and
SOrrow for his sin, to †. his repentance to those that are offended"; who are thereupon to be reconciled to him,
and in love to receive him ".
CHAP. XVI of Good Works.
Gon Works are only such as God hath commanded in his holy word", and not such as, without the wa
them shall have mercy. I John i. 9...)
repent ; thou shalt
thereof, are devised by men, out of blind zeal, or upon any
pretence of good intention".
II. These good works, done in obedience to God's
commandments, are the and lively faith *:
thankfulness", strengthen their assurance °,
thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? Rom, xii. 2. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God. Heb. xiii. 21. Make you perfect in every good work, to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Annen. b Matth. xv. 9. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Isa. xxix. 13. Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear towards me is taught by the precept of men. I Pet. i. 18. Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers. Rom. x. 2. For I bear them record, that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. xvi. 2. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God ser1 San Xv. 21. But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which
fruits and evidences of a true and by them believers manifest their
edify their brethren',
should have been utterly destroyed to sacrifice unto the Lord thy Go! in Gilgal. Ver, 22. And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great de: light in burnt-offerings and sacriños as in obeying the voice of the jord; Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice; and to hearken than the fat of rams. Ver, 23. For * bellion is as the sin of witchcraft; jubbornness is as iniquity.” idolatry: because thou has, “. ed the word . the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king. II. & James ii. 18. Yea, a *. may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works ; shew me thy faith without thy works, and will shew thee my faith by my work: v. ... so thou how to wrought with his works, and by work was faith made perfeo ãos. c. 12, what shall, remar into the Lord for all.” benefits towards me? Ver: ". I will take the cup of salvatio": ". call upon the name of the Lord, I pet. ii. 9. But ye are a ch” generation, a royal priesthood, asl holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises 9 him who hath called you "." darkness into his marvello" light, e i John ii. 3. And hereby wo do know that we know him: " ": keep his commandments. ver, But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected : Hereby know we that *: