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1. From Sin, A&t. iii. 19.

1. From Sin in general, Rom. vi. 12. No sort of Sin whatsoever excepted.

2. From most beloved Sins, and to which most strongly tempted, Psal. xviii. 23. Hebr. xii. I.

2. To Holiness, Act. xxvi. 20. Not only cease doing Evil, but learn to do well. Ifa. i. 16, 17.

And this, 1. Unfeignedly, Psal. cxix. 342 128. i King. viii. 61. 2 Chron. XXV. 2.

2. Speedily, Eccles. xii. 1. Pfal. cxix. 59, 60. 3. Without any Reserve, Rom. ii. 22.

4. With Perseverance to the End, S. Matt. x. 22. Job xxvii. 5,6.

THIRDLY. The Hindrances of Repentance.

1. Ignorance, 1 Cor. ii. 14. Ifa. i. 3, 4. Prov. i. 29.

1. Of the Sinfulness of sin, which they are to be converted from, Rom. vij. 13.

2. Of the Glory of God, which they are to be converted to, Rom. I. 28. Job xxi. 14.

3. Of the Merits of Christ, which they are to be converted by, Phil. ii. 10.

4. Of the Nature of that Repentance, which they are, in Conversion, to exercise them. selves in, Act. xvii. 30. Ephef. iv. 18, 19. Micab vi. 6, 7. 2. Unbelief, At. xix. 9.

1. Of the Scripture that commands Repentance, Pfal. I. 17. and cvi. 24.

2. Of the Penalties which it declares shall be inflicted upon the Impenitent, S. Luk. xiii. 3, 5. Ezek. xviii. 31.

3. Of the Privileges which it entails upon the Penitent, Ifa. i. 18, 19. and lv. 7. S. Luk. xxiv. 47.

3. Cares

3. Cares of the World, S. Luk. viii. 14. and xvi. 13. 1 S. Job. ii. 15.

4. Love of Sin, j. 4. 2 Theff. ii. 12, 5. Self-conceit, Prov. iii. 5, 6. and xxvi. 12. 6. Hope of long Life, Amos vi. 3. S. Jami

iv. 13•

7. Presumption upon God's Mercy, S. Jude 4: fer. vii. 4, 9, 10, 11.

8. Obstinacy and Self-will, fer. V. 3. and vii. 26. Hof. xi. 7.

FOURTHY. Means to be used in order to Repentance.

i. Study the Scriptures, S. Joh. v. 39. Pfal. xix. 7, 8, 9. 2 Tim. iii. 16, 17.

1. The Commands of the Law, Psal. cxix. 105. Ifa. viii. 20.

2. The Promises of the Gospel, S. Matt. vii. 21. and xix. 29. S. Joh. iii. 16.

2. Consideration, Deut. xxxii. 29. Ezek. xviii. 28. Lament. iii. 40. Consider what you know, as well as endeavour to know what you are to consider, Isa. i. 3. Ecclef. vii. 14. Confider,

1. How miserable you are before Repentance, Deut. xxviii. 15. Ephef. ii. 3. 2. How happy you will be after it.

1. In Honour, 1 Sam. ïi. 30. Prov. iii. 16.

2. In Riches, Prov. iii. 16. I Tim. iy. 8. and vi. 6.

3. In Pleasures, Prov. iii. 17. 1 S. Pes. iii.

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4. In Safety from Evil and Danger, Pfal. xxxiv. 8. 1 S. Pet. iii. 13.

s. In Peace and Quiet of Mind, Prov. iii. 17.

6. In Support under, and Deliverance out of Alictions, Psal. xxxiii. 18, 19. and xxxiv. 4, 5,6,7. and xxvii. s. and lxii. 1, 2.

to a right Performance of this Duty.,

7. In a Title to a Blessed Eternity, S. Matt. XXV. 34. Phil. iii. 20, 21. S. Jam. ii. 5.

3. Prayer, S, Fam. i. 5. Psal. li. 10. Pray to God for his Grace and Amistance, S. Luk. xi. 13. S. Joh. xvi. 24. S. Jam. i. 5.

1. In Sincerity, Isa. xxix. 13. S. Jam. iv. 3. 2. In Faith, S. Matt. xxi. 22. S. Jam. i. 6.

3. Through the Mediation of our Blefled Saviour, S. Joh. xv. 7. ' and xvi. 24.

4. With Zeal and Devotion, S. Jam. V. 16. Rom. viii. 26.

s. With Constancy and Perseverance, S.Luk. xi. 8. and xviii. I.

4. To your Prayer, join serious and folemn Fasting, Foel ii. 12. S. Matt. xvii. 21. and vi. 179 18. I Cor. ix. 27.

5. Make a right Use of what Alistances he affords you, 2 Cor. vi. I. Gal. ii. 21. i Thell.v. 19. 6. Hear the Word, A&t. ii. 37. Rom. x. 17.

1, Believingly, Hebr. iv. 2. Rom. X. 14.

2. Attentively, S. Luk. viji. 18. S. Matt. XV. 10. S. fam. i. 21.

3. Obediently, Ezek. xxxiii. 31, 32. 2 Cor. V. 20. S. Mar. iv. 20. S. Jam. I. 22, &c.

4. Diligently, S. Luk. xxi. 38. A&t. xiii. 44. 7. Trust on Christ to enable you to repent, S. Matt. xi. 28. At. v. 31.

FIFTHLY. Some farther Directions in order

1. Take not up with a counterfeit, instead of a true Repentance, S. jam. iii. 17. When true, it is,

1. From a right Principle, Pfal. xvi. 8. Gen.

?. In a right Manner, Dan. iv. 27. A£t. xxiv. 16. Ephefiiv. 22.

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3. To a right End, 1 Cor. X. 31. 2. Never think you have repented enough; or that you can be too much humbled for your Sins, fo long as you do not despair of God's Mercy, Job xlii. 6.

3. Be continually pressing on towards Perfe&ion in Holiness, S. Mart. v. 48. Phil. iii 12, 13, 14

4. Do not depend upon that alone for Salvation, Ifa. Ixiv. vi. S. Luk. xvii: 10.

5. And Lastly ; Depend entirely on the Merits of Christ, for Acceptance in the sight of God, i S. Joh. ii. 1. S. Job. vi. 37.

SIXTHLY. Some farther Motives for recommending this Duty to our Practice. Confider,

1. What a Glorious God you have provoked by Sins, Job xlii. 52 6.

2. What dreadful Punishments you have deserved, S. Matt. xiii. 42. infinitely beyond that of Nebuchadnezzar, Rev. xiv. 10.

2. How many Obligations you are under to it, Ifa. v. 4. Rom. ii. 4.

4. What special Notice God takes when we repent, Mal. iii. 16, 17, 18.

5. How concerned he is, when People will not repent, Jer. viii. 6, 7, 12. and xiii. 27.

6. What Rejoicing there is above, in Heaven, at the Conversion of a Sinner, S. Luk. xv. 7,

10.

9. No Sin, but, without Repentance, is damnable, but pardonable with it, Ezek. xviii. 30.

8. Heaven is open for none but Penitents, Hebr. xii. 14. S. Matt. XXV. ult.

SEVENTHLY. Conclude all with these three Questions for the farther Explication of the Duty.

Quel. I.

Queft. I. Whether it is necessary to repent of unknown Sins ?

Answ. 1. It is necessary, so far as we can, to observe all our Failings, Pfal. li. 3, 4.

2." It is necessary to repent of all we can observe, Psal. li. 9. Ezek. xx. 43.

3. It is necessary to repent of the Root of all, Original Sin, Pfal. li. 6.

4. He that rightly repents of all known and Original Sin, virtually repents of all Sin, Ffal. xix. 12.

Quest. II. Whether it is necessary to repent more than Once ?

Answ. 1. Repentance, as it consists in Hatred of Sin, and Conversion from it, should be exercised continually, A&t. xxiv. 16. 2 Tim. ii. 19.

2. So oft as we remember any former Sin, we are to be sorry for it, Job xiii. 26. Psal. xxv. 7.

3. Every time we commit any Sin, we are immediately to repent of it, S. Luk. xxii. 62.

Quest. III. Whether we are to repent of all Sins alike?

Answ. Repentance in its own Nature should be alike for all, so as to be forry for it, and turn from it. But besides,

Extraordinary Sins should have extraordinary Expressions of Repentance, Pfal. li. 14. i Cor.

XV. 9.

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