Abernathy - Houston-Packer Collection BX9178.A33 S4 1748 v.1

92 Of . epentance. S E R M. cations, and they fhall look upon me whom they IV. have pierced, and they (hall mourn and be ' ' in bitternefs. The Holy Spirit then pour'd out abundantly fhall incline men to repent, and from a fenfe of their former fins, to re- nounce them with abhorrence, and do no more wickedly. When fuch aids are offer'd to us, and the Spirit of God ftrives, in order to reclaim and reform us, it mutt be a high aggravation of wickednefs to refill him, and by fuch hardnefs and * impenitence of heart men treafare up to themfelves wrath againft the day of wrath, and revelation of the righteous judgment of God. What more cou'd have been done on God's part that he has not done ? he not only calls upon us by the voice of reafon and nature, which loudly proclaims his glory and our duty, and exer- cifes great patience and long fuffering to- wards us ; nay, he not only has appointed a propitiation for our fins, and thereby given us the molt folemn and fatisfying affurances of pardon, that by the hope of it we might be animated to a dutiful return to him but he had fuch pity on our weaknefs, tho' it was in a great meafure criminal, and con - traded by our own fault, that he fends his Rom. ii. s. Holy