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Sarin,

CV.

Repentance

and

Faith.

3

Evils

that

are

pall, and

the

Sins

that

we

have committed

;

and

a firm

Purpofe and

Refolution

of

Obedience for

the

future; of

abflaining from

all

Sin,

and

doing

whatever

is

our

Duty

; the true

Effe&

of

which Refolution,

is

the breaking

off

the Pra

&ice

of

Sin,

and

the

Courfe

of

a

Wicked Life, and

a

conftant Courfe

of

Obedience.

If.

Faith

in

Chrifl is

an

effe&ual

believing

the Revelation

of

the

Gofpel,

the

Hifiory

and

the

Dottrine

of

it

; the

Hifiory

of

it,

that

there

was filch

a

Perfon

as

Jefus Chrift,

that

he

was

the

true

Mefas,

prophefied

of

and promifed

in

the

Old Teflament, that he

was

born

and lived and preached, and wrote

the

Mira-

cles

that

are recorded,

that

he

was crucified and

rote

again,

and

afcended

into

Heaven,

that

he

was

the

Son

of

God,

and fent

by

him

into the

World,

by his

Do-

arine

to inflru

&,

and by

the

Example

of

his

Life

to

go before

us in

the

way

to

Happinefs, and by

the

Merit and

Satisfaetion

of

his

Death and

Sufferings,

to ap-

peafe and reconcile

God to

us,

and

to purchafe for

us

the Pardon

of

our

Sins

and eternal Life,

upon

the Conditions

of

Faith

and

Repentance

and fincere

Obe-

dience; and

that

to enable

us

to the

Performance

of

thefe Conditions,

he promi-

fed

and afterward

fent his Holy Spirit, to accompany

the Preaching

of

his

Gof-

pel, and to

affift

all Chriflians

to the doing

of

that which God

requires

W

them ;

this

is

the

Hillary

of

the Gofpel.

Now the Doarine

of

it contains

the Precepts

and Promifes

and

Threatnings

of

it,

and

Faith

in Chrift includes

a firm

Belief

of

all

thefe ; of

the

Precepts

of

the

Gofpel

as

the

Matter of our

Duty,

and

the

Rule

of

our

Life

;

and of

the Protni-

fes

and

Threatnings of the Gofpel,

as

Arguments

to our Duty, to encourage

our

Obedience, and deter

us

from

Sin. So

that

he

that

believes

the Lord

Jefus,

be-

lieves

him

to

be

the great Guide and Teacher

fent from

God, to bring

and con

-

du& Men to eternal

Happinefs,

and

that

therefore

we

ought to

hearken

to him

and

follow him

;

this

is

to

believe

his Prophetical

Office.

He Believes

that

he is

the

Author

of

Salvation, and

hath

purchafed for

us

forgivenefs

of

Sins,

ranfom

from

Hell, and

eternal Life and

Bleffednels

upon the Conditions before mentio-

ned,

and therefore

that

we

ought

to

rely upon him

only for Salvation,

to own

him for our

Saviour, and

to

beg

of

him his

holy

Spirit,

which he hath promifed

to

us,

to

enable

us

to perform the Conditions required on our part ; this

is

to

believe his

Priefily

Office.

And laflly, He believes

that the

Precepts

of

the Got-

pel, being delivered to

us

by the

Son

of

God,

ought to have

the

Authority

of

Laws

upon

us,

and

that

we

are

bound to

be

obedient to them

;

and for

our encou-

ragement

if

we

be fo,

that

there

is

a

glorious

and eternal

Reward promifed

to

us;

and

for our terror

if

we be

not, there

are

terrible

and eternal Punifhments

threatned to

us

6

to which Rewards, the Lord

Jefus Chrift

at the Day

of Judg-

ment, will fentenceMen,

as

the

great Judge

of

the World

;

and

this

is

to believe

the Kingly

Office

of

Chrift. And this

is

the

Sum

of

that

which

is

meant by

Faith

towards

the

Lord

Jefus

Chrifi,

which the

Apoflle faith

was

one

Subjeet

of his

preaching.

And the

proper

and genuine

Effe&

of

this Faith,

is

to

live

as we

believe,

to

conform our

Lives

to the Dottrine, to the

Truth

whereof

we affent. Hence

it

is

that

true

Chriflians,

that

is,

thole

who fafhioned their

Lives

according

to the

Gofpel, are call'd Believers; and

the whole

of

Chriflianity

is

many

times

con-

tained in this

Word

believing,

which

is

the

great Principle

of

a

Chrillian Life.

As

in

the Old

Teflament all

Religion

is

expreffed by

the

fear of

God;

fo in

the

New,

by

Faith

in

Chrifi.

And now you

fee

what

is

included

in Repentance

and

Faith,

you may eafily

judge

whether

there be

not the

Sum

of

the Gofpel,

that

Men fhould

forfake

their

Sins

and turn to God,

and

believe

the Revelation

of

the Gofpel concerning Jefus

Chrift,

that

is,

heartily entertain

it

and fubmit

to

it.

What

did Chrift preach

tothe

/ews,

but that

they would repent

of their

Sins,

and believe on him

as

the

Meffzas? And

what

did the

Apoftles

preach, but to the

fame

purpofe? When

St.

Peter

preached

to the Jews,

Acts

2.

the

Effe&

of

his Sermon and

the

Scope

of

it

was

to perfwade them

to

repent

and

be

baptized

in

the Name

of

jefes,

that

is,

to

profels their

Belief

in

him,

v. 38. And

fo

Abls

3.19,

This

is

the

Conclulion

of

B

a

his