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CHAP. XV. Of Repentance unto Life.
grace, the doctrine whereof is to be preached by every minister of the gospel, as well as that of faith in Christ b.
II. By it a sinner, out of the sight and sense, not only of the danger, but also of the filthiness and odiousness of his sins, as contrary to the holy nature and righteous law of God, and upon the apprehension of his mercy in Christ to such as are penitent, so grieves for and hates his sins, as to turn from them all unto God', purposing and endea
1. a Zech. xii. 10. And I will be your ruin. Ver. 31. Cast away pour upon the house of David, and from you all your transgressions, upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, whereby ye have transgressed, and the spirit of grace and of suppli- make you a new heart and a new cations, and they shall look upon spirit ; for why will ye die, o me whom they have pierced, and house of Israel? Ezek. xxxvi. 31. they shall mourn for him, as one Then shall ye remember your own mourneth for his only son, and shall
evil ways, and your doings that be in bitterness for him, as that is in bitterness for his first born. yourselves in your own sight, for
were not good, and shall loathe Acts xi. 18. When they heard these
your iniquities, and for your abothings, they held their peace, and minations.
Isa. Xxx. 22. Ye shall glorified God, saying, Then hath defile also the covering of thy graGod also to the Gentiles granted
ven iniages of silver, and the or. repentance unto life.
nament of thy molten images of b Luke xxiv. 47. And that re
gold: thou shalt cast them away pentance and remission of sins should
as a menstruous cloth; thou shalt be preached in his name among
say unto it, Get thee hence. Psal. all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
li. 4. Against thee, thee only, have Mark i. 15. And saying, The time
I sinned, and done this evil in thy is fulfilled, and the kingdom of sight: that thou mightest be justi
. God is at hand; repent ye, and
fied when thou speakest
, and be believe the gospel. Acts xx. 21.
clear when thou judgest.
xxxi. 18. I have surely heard Eph
raim bemoaning himself thus, Thou ward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.
hast chastised me, and I was chas11. Ezek. xvii. 30. Therefore yoke : turn thou me, and I shall be
tised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his
turned; for thou art the Lord ny
God. ways, saith the Lord God: repent,
Ver. 19. Surely after that and turn yourselves from all your
I was turned, I repented; and after transgressions ; so iniquity shall not
that I was instructed, I smote upo on my thigh : I was ashamed, yea,
£ w what indignation ; yea, what fear; thy covenant.
that I will keep thy righteous judg- ty, and receive us graciously :
vouring to walk with him in all the ways of his command-
. Although repentance be not to be rested in, as any
such eren confounded, because I did ing in all the commandments and Cibear the reproach of my youth. ordinances of the Lord blamelėss
. Joel ii. 12." Therefore also now,
2 Kings xxiii. 25. And like unto saith the Lord, Turn ye even to
him was there no king before him, pe with all your heart, and with that turned to the Lord with all 0w fasting, and with weeping, and with his heart, and with all his soul,
mourning. Ver. 13. And rend your and with all his might, according beart and not your garments, and
to all the law of Moses ; neither turn unto the Lord your God : for after him arose there any like him. he is gracious and merciful, ow
III. e Ezek. xxxvi. Si. 'i'nen shall to anger, and of great kindness, ye remember your own evil ways, das and repenteth him of the evil.
and your doings that were not good, Anos v. 15. Hate the evil, and love and shall loathe yourselves in your the good, and establish judgment in
own sight, for your iniquities, and it
may be that the Lord God of hosts will be gracious un.
for your abominations. Ver. 32.
Not for your sakes do I this, saith
Psal. Egle, 1 cxix. 128. Therefore I esteem all
the Lord God, be it known unto
you : be ashamed and confounded thy, precepts concerning all things for your own ways, O_house of to be right, and I hate every false Israel.
Ezek. xvi. 61. Then thou way. the a this self-same thing that ye sor2. Cor. vii. 11. For, behold, shalt remember thy ways, and be
ashamed, when thou shalt receive Towed after a godly sort, what thy sisters, thine elder and thy
younger ; and I will give them unto thee for daughters, but not by
Ver. 62. And I will establish my covenant with thee,
and thou shalt know that I am the men in all things ye have approved Lord: Ver. 63. That thou mayest yourselves to be clear in this mat
remember and be confounded, and never open thy mouth any more because of thy shame, when I am pacified toward thee for all that thou
hast done, saith the Lord God. on my ways, and turned my
f Hos. xiv. 2. Take with you feet unto thy testimonies. Ver. 106. I have sworn, and I will perform it,
words, and turn to the Lord ; say
unto him, Take away all iniquiLuke i. 6. And they
will we render the calves of our
to the remnant of Joseph.
carefulness it wrought in you; yea,
dPsal. cxix. 6. Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments. Ver. 59. I
such necessity to all sinners, that none may expect pardon without it.
IV. As there is no sin so small but it deserves damnation"; so there is no sin 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 sins particularly k
sliding, I will love then freely: for sake his way, and the unrighteono: mine anger is turned away from
man his thoughts : and let him re. 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 ous. 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 condomgating to tiem forgiveness of sins, according to the which are in Christ Jesus, who riches of his grace.
walk not after the flesh, but after 8 Luke xiii. 3. I tell you, Nay : the Spirit.
Isa. i. 16. Wash you, but, except ye repent, ye shall all make you clean, put away the evil likewise perish. Ver. 5. I tell you,
of your doings from before mine Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall
eyes ; cease to do evil. all likewise perish. Acts xvii. 30.
Come now, and let us reason toAnd the times of this ignorance God gether, saith the Lord: though your winked at; but now commandeth
sins be as scarlet, they shall be at all men every where to repent :
white as snow; though they be red Ver. 31. Because he hath appoint- like crinison, they shall be as wool
. ed a day, in the which he will
V. k Psal. xix. 13. Keep back judge the world in righteousness by thy servant also from presumptuous that man whom he hath ordained'; sins; let them not have dominion over 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 hiin from the dead. ly. h Rom. vi. 23. For the wages
transgression. Luke xix. 8. And Zaca
cheus stood, and said unto the Lord, of sin is death : but the gift of God
Behold, Lord, the half of my goods 1. is eternal life, through Jesus Christ, give to the poor: and if I have taken our Lord. Rom. v. 12. Wherefore, às by one man sin entered into the
any thing from any man by false
accusation, I restore him fourfold. world, and death by sin ; and so
1 'Tim. i. 13. Who was before a blase death passed upon all men, for that phemer, and a persecutor, and
injurie all have sinned. Matth. xii. 36.
But I obtained But I say unto you, That every idle Ididitignorantly, in unbelief. Ver. 15. word that men shall speak, they
This is a faithful saying, and worthy shall give account thereof in the day of judgnient.
of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus
came into the world to save sinners; i 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 of his sins to God, praying for the pardon thereof!; upon which, and the forsaking of them, he shall find mercy." ; so he that scandalizeth his brother, or the church of Christ, ought to be willing; by a private or publick confession and sorrow for his sin, to declare 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 Worles.
his holy word, and not such as, without the warrant
whiter than snow.
out all mine iniquities.
VI. 1 Psal
. li. 4. Against thee, them shall have mercy. 1 John i. 9. thee only, have , sinned, and done
If we confess our sins, he is faiththis evil in thy sight : that thou
ful and just to forgive us our sins, mightest be justified when thou and to cleanse us from all unrighspeakest, and be clear when thou judgest. Ver. 5. Behold, I was
16. Confess your shapen in iniquity: and in sin did faults one to another, and pray one my mother conceive me. Ver. 7. for another, that ye may be healed : Purge me with hyssop, and I shall The effectual fervent prayer of a be clean: wash me, and I shall be righteous mau availeth much. Luke
Ver. 9. Hide xvii. 3. Take heed to yourselves: If thy face from my sins; and blot
thy brother trespass against thee, re
Ver. 14. buke him; and if he repent, forgive Deliver me from blood-guiltiness
, him : Ver. 4. And if he trespass O God, thou God of my saivation :
against thee seven times in a day, and my tongue shall sing aloud of
and seven times in a day turn again thy righteousness. Psal. xxxii, 5.
to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt acknowledged m; sin unto thee,
Josh. vii. 19. And and mine iniquity have I not hid:
Joshua said unto Achan, My ron, I said, I will confess my transgres
give, I pray thee, glory to the Lord sions unto the Lord; and thou for
God of Israel, and make confession gavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
unto him; and tell me now what Ver. 6. For this shall every one
thou hast done, hide it not from that is godly pray unto thee in a
(Psal. li, throughout.] time when thou mayest be found;
O 2 Cor. i. 8. Wherefore I besurely in the floods of great waters
seech you, that ye would confirmi they shall not come nigh unto hini.
Prov. xxviii, 13. He that covereth his sins shall not prosper; but whoso confesseth and Forsaketh
your love towards him.
I. * Micah vi. 8. He hath shew. ed thee, Oman, what is good ; and what doth the Lord require of
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 fruits and evidences of a true and lively faith and by them believers manifest their thankfulness“, strengthen their assurance, edify their
thee, but to do justly, and to love should have been utterly destroyed, njercy, and to walk humbly with to sacrifice unto the Lord thy God thy God ? Rom. xii. 2. And he not in Gilgal.
Ver. 22. And Samuel confornied to this world: but be said, Hath the Lord as great deye transformed by the renewing light in burnt-offerings and sacriof your mind, that ye may prove fices as in obeying the voice of the what is that good, and acceptable, Lord ? Behold, to obey is better and perfect will of God. Heb. than sacrifice; and to hearken than xiii. 21. Make you perfect in every
the fat of rams. Ver. 23. For regood work, to do his will, working bellion is as the sin of witchcraft, in you that which is well-pleasing and stubbornness is as iniquity and in his sight, through Jesus Christ; idolatry: because thou hast rejectto whom be glory for ever and ed the word of the Lord, he hath Amen.
also rejected thee from being king. b Matth. xv. 9. But in vain they II. James ii. 18. Yea, a man do worship me, teaching for doc
may say, Thou hast faith, and I trines the commandments of men. have works : shew me thy faith Isa. xxix. 13. Wherefore the Lord without thy works, and I will said, Forasmuch as this people draw shew thee my faith by my works. near me with their mouth, and with Ver. 22. Seest thou how faith their lips do honour me, but have wronght with his works, and by removed their heart far from
me, works was faith made perfect ? and their fear towards me is taught
d Psal. cxvi. 12. What shall I by the precept of men. 1 Pet. i. 18.
render unto the Lord for all his Forasmuch as ye know that ye
benefits towards me? Ver. 13. I were not redeemed with corrup will take the cup of salvation, and tible things, as silver and gold,
call upon the name of the Lord. from your vain conversation recei 1 Pet. ii. 9. But ye. are a chosen ved by tradition from your fathers. Rom. x; 2. For I bear them record, holy nation, a peculiar people ; that
generation, a royal priesthood, an that they have a zeal of God, but ye should shew forth the praises. of not according to knowledge. John him who hath called you out of xvi. 2. They shall put you out of
darkness into his niarvellous light. the synagogues : yea, the time co el John ii. 3. And hereby we meth, that whosoever killeth you
do know that we know him, if we will think that he doeth God ser
keep his commandments. vice. 1 Sanı, xv. 21. But the peo
But whoso keepeth his word, in ple took of the spoil, sheep and
him verily is the love of God peroxen, the chief of the things which
fected: Hereby know we that we