Background Image
Table of Contents Table of Contents
Previous Page  14 / 720 Next Page
Information
Show Menu
Previous Page 14 / 720 Next Page
Page Background

2

The

Neceffity

of

Vol.

II.

they

had

teflified

and

preached the Word

of

the

Lord;

and

fo

Afír 18.5.

Being

pref.

fed

in Spirit,

be

teftified

to

the Jews,

that jefus

was

the Cñrift. Being

preld

in

Spi-

rit,

fignifies

Intention

and Vehemency in teltifying

to

them,

that

he did vehe-

mently endeavour to convince them ;

it

teems

to

be

equivalent

to the

Expreffion,

v.

28.

where

it

is

faid,

Apollo,

did

mightily

convince the Yew,

that

f

efus

was

the

Chrifl

; that

is,

did

ufe

fuch Perfwafions and Arguments

as

were

fufficient

to con-

vince ; and

to mention no

more,

Al#s 28.

23.

He expounded

and

teffled

the

Kingdom

of

God, perfwading

them concerning

Jefu,.

St.

Paul

in

his

Epiffle

to

Timothy

ufeth this Word in

a

molt vehement

Senfe,

for

giving

a folemn

Charge,

r.

Tim.

5.

z

r.

I

charge thee before

God and

the

Lord

yefus Chrifi,

the Word

is

'txua;zv;occxi

; and

fo

2

Tim.

2.

14. charging, them

before

the

Lord,

that

they

firive

not

data

Words;

and fo z

Dm.

4.1.

I

charge thee before

God

and

the

Lord

refus

Chriji

and

here in the

Text the Word

foetus

to

be

of

a

very

high and intenfe

Signification, becaufe

of the

Circumftances mentioned be-

fore and

after ; he

tells us

before,

that

he

taught

them at all

Seafons, v.

i8.

pub

-

lickly

and

from

Houfe

to

Houfe,

sr.

20.

and afterwards

at

the

31. v.

that

he

warned

tht'm

Day and Night with

Tears. So

that

teflifying

to

the 7ews Repentance

and

Faith,

muff lignifie his

prefling and perfwading

of

them with the greateft Vehemency,

to turn

from

their

Sins,

and believe

on

the

Lord

Jefus

Chrift ;

his

charging

on

them thefe things

as

their Duty,

his pleading

with them the

Neceflìty

of

Faith

and Repentance,

and earneítly endeavouring to convince them thereof.

Repentance toward

God, and

Faith

toward

our

Lord

Jefus

Chrifi:

What

is

the

Reafon

of

this

appropriation

of

Repentance

and

Faith,

the

one

as

properly

refpe-

éting

God,

and the other

our

Lord

7efus Chrift

1

I

anfwer.

Repentance

doth

properly,

refpeet God, becaufe

he

is

the

Party

offended, and

to whom

we

are

to

be

reconciled ;

the

Faith

of

the

Gofpel

doth properly

refer

to

the

Lord

Jefus

Chrift,

as

the

chief

and principal

Objet.t

of

it

,

fo

that by

teflifyingto them Repen-

tance toward

God,

&c.

we

are to underftand

that the

Apoffle did

earneftly prefs

and

perfwade

them to

repent

of

their

Sins,

whereby they had

offended

God,

and

to

believe

on the

Lord

Jefus Chrift,

as the

llleas,

thePerfon

that

was

ordained

of

God, and

fent

to

be

the

Saviour

of

the World.

From

the Words thus

explained,

this

is

the

Obfervation

that doth

natural-

ly arife,

That

Repentance and Faith are the

Sum

and Subftance

of

the

Gofpel

;

and

that

Miniflers

ought with

all Earneftnefs and Vehemency

to

prefs

People

to repent

and

believe,

to

charge them

with thefe

as

their Duty,

and by

all

means

to endeavour

to

convince them

of

theNeceffity

of

them.

In

the handling

of

this I

fhall

do thefe

Two

things.

Firft,

Shew you

what

is

included in

Repentance

and

Faith,

that

you may

fee

that

they

are

the

Sum

of the

Gofpel. And,

Secondly,

Shew

you

the

Necef

ity

of

them.

Firfi,

What

is

included in thefe.

L

Repentance; this

properly

6gnifiesa

Change

of

Mind, a

Convietion

that

we

have done

amifs, fo

as

to

be

truly forry for what

we

have done, and heartily

to

with

that

we

had

not

done it.

To

repent,

is

to

alter

our

Mind,

to

have

other

Apprehenfions

of

things

than

we

had,

to

look upon

that

now

as

evil,

which we

did

not

before;

from whencefollows Sorrow

for what

we

have done, and

a

re-

folution

of

Mind

for the future

not to

do again

that which appearsnow to

us

to

be fo

evil,

that

we

are

afhamed

of

it, and

troubled for

it,

and with

we

had never

done

it.

So

that

Repentance

implies a

Convi

&ion

that

we

have done fomething

that

is

evil and finful,

contrary to the

Law

we

are

under, and thofe Obligations

of

Duty and Gratitude

that

lie

upon

us,

whereby

God

is

highly provoked

and

in=

cenfed againft

us,

and

we

in danger

of

his

Wrath,

and the

fad

Effe

&s

of

his

Dif

pleafure;

upon which

we are

troubled, and grieved, and

afhamed

for what

we

have

done,

and with

we

had been wifer, and had

done otherwife ; hereupon

we

refolve

never to do

any

thing

that

is

finful,

that

is

contrary

to

our Duty

and Ob-

ligations

to

God, and by which we

may

provoke

him againft

us.

Thefe

two

things

are contained in

a

true Repentance,

a

deep

Senfe

of, and

Sorrow

for the

Evils

"MI