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But what is it to be saved from our Sins, or to have our Sins put away? Since the Salvation we have by Christ doth consist in this, it is fit we should a little more particularly insist on it. In Answer therefore to this Question, we say, that Two Things are implied in Christ's put

ting away Sin. m. First, His faving or delivering us from the

Guilt of our Sins, and the Punishment due to
. Secondly, His saving or delivering us from
the Power and Dominion of them.

In these Two Things consists the Salvation obtained for us by Jesus Christ, and if either of them was wanting, or was not effected, he would not be a compleat Saviour.

First, Christ appeared to put away Sin, by delivering us from the Guilt and Punishment of it; that is to say, by procuring for us the Pardon and Remission of it. ::

This is the Salvation which Zachary in his Hymn foretels John Baptist should publish to the World, Luke 1. To give knowledge of Sal. vation to his people for the Remishon of their Sins.

And this is that Redemption of Christ which St. Paulspeaks of, 1 Coloff. 14. In whom we have Redemption through his Blood, even the Forgivet uefs of Sins,


And Lastly, St. Paul's Sermon to the Gentiles is, Be it known unto you, Men and Brethren, that through this Man Yesus Christ, is preached unto you the Forgiveness of Sins, and by him, all that believe are justified from all Things, from which ye could not be justified by the Law of Moses, AĞts 13. And therefore,' much less, certainly, by the Law of Nature. · The Effect of these Texts is, That all Mankind are Sinners, are concluded under Sin, are become guilty before God, as the Apostle speaks. The most innocent Person is not excepted. All, without Exception, have, by their Sins, fallen short of the Glory of God. Means now for the freeing themselves from the Guilt of these Sins, they have none, nor is it possible they should have, for that wholly depends upon the Pleasure of Him to whom they have rendred themselves obnoxious; and that is God, the Governour of the World. Here therefore appears the infinite Mercy of God, and the Kindness of our Saviour. The eternal Word interposeth and offers himself to become Man, and in that Person, to make Satisfaction for the Sins of the World. And God accepts the Terms. And hereupon a Covenant is made between God and Mankind; wherein God, for his Part, upon account of this Mediation of Christ, promises Forgiveness of all Sins, to all true Penitents all the World over.

O joyful Tidings thesc ! What Ease is here to wounded Consciences ? What Comfort to despairing Sinners? What Encouragement to all Men every where to repent?


If we consider Mankind in their pure Natue di rals, and as without Christ Jesus, this plainly i was their Case: They did believe a Supreme s, God; and their Reason, it is likely, would

to tell them, that God was Good and Merciful. EL But yet this Reason could discover no more en than God's general Goodness to them, that all

along endeavour'd to please and approve themfelves to Him. But as for his Willingness to pardon and forgive Sinners, especially those that had offended him by very grievous Crimes,

or lived in a long habitual Course of Wicked the ness; this they could not conclude from their

Reason. Nay, if they did reason, as they justly might, they might rather be inclined to believe that he would not pardon such Crininals. For as their Reason told them, that God was Good; so the fame Reason told them that he was Just, and had an infinite Regard to the Honour and Reputation of his Laws: Which Laws, their own Consciences told them, they had heinously transgressed; nor had they any Thing wherewith to compensatę or make Satisfaction for the Transgression of them: And therefore what could they expect from foJust a God, but to undergo the Punishment they had deserved ?

This was a very uncomfortable Reasoning; and yet such a one it was, as there was no Answer to be given to, in the State of Nature; and therefore in what a melancholy Condi. tion were Mankind all the while ? What Encouragement had they seriously to set upon the Amendment of their wicked Lives? Or,

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if they did, what Fruit, what Comfort could they promise to themselves by such an Amendment? . But, Blessed be God, that hath removed us out of these Uncertainties; Blessed be God, that hath given us the greatest Assurance that is possible, of his Love and Kindness to the greatest of Sinners; and confequently laid the greatest Obligation upon all Mankind, to turn from their evil Ways. :

He hath sent his Son, his only Son, into the World, on purpose to assure us of his good Will to us; to give a Demonstration of the únfeigned Love and Kindness that he bears to every Soul of the Sons of Adam, that he would not have any of them perish, but that they should all come to the Knowledge of the Truth, and be saved. This Son of His doth most folemnly, in the Name of his Father, proclaim Pardon and Remillion of Sins to every one that should believe in Him : There is no Sinner excepted, even the oldest, the greatest, the most enormous of Sinners, if they will come in, and submit to the Yoke of Jesus Christ, have his certain Promise that they shall be received. :. And left any one should fear the Divine Justice, upon Account that there is no Satisfačtim made to it for his Sins, our Lord hath taken care to remove that Objection : For he, by the unvaluable Merits of his Person, and the free unconstrained Offering up of Himself to an Ignominious Death upon the Cross, on the Behalf of Mankind, hath made a full, compleat and entire Satisfaction to


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God's Justice for all the Sins of the World, from ; the Beginning to the End thereof.

So that now every one hath free Access to God, and a' Right to his Favour through the Blood of Jesus Christ. And though we have been never so bad, never so unworthy ; yet if we have but the Hearts to forsake our Sins, and come to Jesus Christ, we shall as certainly obtain the Acceptance and the Love of our Heavenly Father, as if we had been innocent, and never sinned at all. - Nay, God is not only willing to receive us, but he earnestly begs and follicits us to take his Mercy. And so pleased he is at the Return of a Sinner, that our Saviour has told us, there is 7oy in Heaven over luch a one. Nay, more Foy among the Angels over a Sinner that repenteth, than over Ninety-nine juft Perfors that need no Repentance. : O how welcome ought this News to be to us! How transported should we be at the infinite Kindness of God manifested to us by our Saviour ! O! praised be God, for his astonishing Love. For ever adored be our Lord Jesus, that has made a Propitiation for us by his Blood. Olet us for ever kiss and hug the precious unvaluable Scriptures of the New Testament, if there was nothing else in them but that faithful Saying, that Saying, worthy of all Men to be received, That Jesus Christ came into the World to save Sinners; to save you, and me, and all Sinners, even the greatest of Sinners. : 0; who is there that is in his Wits, would chusé to be out of the Christian Difpenfation;

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