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S

rm

CV.

Repentance

and Faith.

ly and

forthwith to repent

;

the

Sinner

faith 'ts

time

enough, and it may

fafely

be

deferr'd

to

Sicknefs

or Death

; thefe are

important

Coutroverfies,

and matters

taf

moment.

But Men

do not

alfeEt

common

Truths ;

whereas

.

thefe are

molt

neceffary

:

And indeed

whatever

is

generally ufeful and

benefi-

dal,

ought

to

be common,

and

not

to

be

the lets valued, but

the

more

eftee-

med

for

being

fo.

And

as

thefe

Doarines of

Faith and

Repentance

are never unfeafonable,

fo

are

they more peculiarly proper when

we

celebrate

the

Holy

Sacrament,

which

was

inftituted for a

folemn

and ltanding

Memorial

of

the

Chriftian

Religion,

and

is one

of

the

molt

powerful

Arguments

and Perfwafives

to

Repentance

and

a.

good

Life.

The

Faith

of

the

Gofpel

doth

more

particularly

refpe&

the Death

of

Chrift

;

and therefore

it

is

call'd

Faith

in

his

Blood,

becaufe

that

is

more efpecially

the

Obje61

of

our Faith the

Blood

of

Chrift,

as

it

was a

Seal

of

the

Truth of

his

Doarine,

fo

it

is

all'o a

Confirmation

of

all

the

Blefiings

and

Benefits

of

the New

Covenant.

And

it

is

one

of

the

greateft Arguments in

the World

to

Repentance.

In

the

Blood

of

Chrift

we

miy

fee

our own Guilt,

and

in the dreadful

Suf-

ferings

of

the

Son

of

God, the

juft

defert

of

our

Sins

;

he

bath

born

our

Griefs,

and

carried

our

Sorrows, he

war wounded

for

our

Tranfgreons,

and

bruifed

for

our

Iniquities ;

therefore the Commemoration

of

his Sufferings

fhould

call

our

Sins

to

remembrance,

the Reprefentation

of

his

Body

bro-

ken, fhould melt

our

Hearts

and

fo

often

as

we

remember

that

his

Blasd

was flied

far

us,

our

eyes

fhould run

down

with

rivers

of

Tears

;

fo

often

as

we

look

upon

him

whom

we

have pierced,

we

fhould

mourn

over

hint.

When

the

on

of

God fuffer'd,

the Rocks

were

rent in

(under;

and

(hall

not

the

conft-

deration

of

thofe

Sufferings be

effeEtual

to

break

the

moft

ftony and obdu-

rate

Heart

?

What

can be more

proper when

we come

to this

Sacrament,

than the

renew-

ing

of our

Repentance

?

When we partake

of

this Paffover, we fhould

eat

it

with

bitter

Herbs.

The

molt folemn Expreffions

of

our Repentance

fall

fhort

of

thofe

Sufferings

which our

ble(fed

Saviour underwent

for our

Sins.

If

our

head

were

Waters,

and

our eyes

Fountains

of

tears, we could

never

£ufhcïently

la-

ment

the

curfed Effelts and Confequences

of

thofe Provocations

which

were

fo

fatal to the

Son

of

God.

And

that our

Repentance may

be

real,

it

muff be

accompanied

with the Re-

folution

of

a

better

Life

; for

if

we

return

to our

Sins

again,

we

trample

under

foot

the Son

of

God,

and

prophane the Blood

of

the Covenant,

and

out

of

the

Cup

of

Salvation

we

drink

our own

Damnation, and turn

that

which fhould

fave us

into

an Inftrument and

Seal

of

our own

ruin.

SER