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8

Of

GonfIng

and

Forfaking

Sin,

Vol.

II..

Preacb'd

en

Alh-

wednef-

day.

SERMON CV.

Of

Confeffing

and Forfaking

Sin, in

order

to

Pardon.

P

R

o

v.

XXVIII.

r3.

He

that

cavereth

his

Sins

Mall

not

profper

: but

whofo

confeffeth

and

forfa4eth

then,

/hall

have

Mercy.

Clue

we

are

all Sinners,

and liable

to the

Juftice

of

God, it

is

a

matter

of

great

moment to

our

comfort

and happinefs,

to

be

rightly

informed by

what

Means,

and upon what

Terms,

we may be

reconciled

to

God, and

find

mercy

with

him.

And

to this purpofe

the Text

gives

us

this

advice and

dire&tion,

whofo

confeth

and

forfaketh his

Sin Jball

have mercy.

In which

Words there

is

a great

Bleffing

and

Benefit

declared and promifed

to

Sinners,

upon certain Conditions.

The

Bleffing

and

Benefit

promifed,

is the mer-

cy

and favour

of

God,

which comprehends

all

the happy Effeâs

of

God's

Mercy

and

Goodnefs

to

Sinners.

And

the Conditions upon which this

Bleffing is

pro-

mifed are

two,

Confelion

of

our

Sins, and

forfaking

of

them

;

and thefe two

contain

in

them

the

whole

nature

of

that

great and

neceffary

Duty

of

Repentance, with-

out

which

a

Sinner

can

have no reafonable hopes

of

the

Mercy

of

God.

I.

Here

is

a

Bleffing

or

Benefit

promifed,

which

is

the

mercy

and

favour

of

God.

And this in

the

full

extent

of

it,

comprehends

all

the

Effects

of

the

Mercy

and

Goodnefs

of

God

to

Sinners,

and

doth

primarily import

the pardon

and

forgive-

nefs

of

our

Sins.

And this

probably

Solomon

did

chiefly

intend

in this Expreffi-

on

g

for

fo

the

mercy

of

God

Both molt

frequently

ftgnifie

in

the Old Teftaatent,

viz, the

forgivenefs

of

our

Sins.

And

thus

the Prophet

explains

it, Ifa.

55.

7.

Let

the

Wicked

forfake his

ways,

and

the unrighteous

Man

his thoughts,

and let

him

return

unto the

Lord, and

he

will have mercy,

and

to our

God,

for

he

will abundant-

ly

pardon.

But

now

Gnce

the

clear revelation

of

the

Gofpel,

the

mercy

of

God

doth not

only

extend

to the

pardon

of

Sin,

but

to power

againft

it;

becaufe

this alfo

is

an

Effect

of

God's

free Grace and Mercy

to

Sinners,

to

enable them, by the grace

of

his

holy

Spirit, to matter and

mortifie

their

Lufts,

and

to

perfevere in Goodnefs

to the

end.

And

it

comprehends

an

our

final

pardon and abfolution

at

the great Day, to-

gether with the glorious Reward

of

eternal Life, which

the

Apoftle expreffeth,

by finding

mercy

with

the

Lord in that

clay.

And this likewife

is

promifed

to Re-

pentance,

A1'fs

3. r

g.

Repentye

therefore,

and

be

converted,

that

your Sins

may be

blotted

out, when

the times

of

refrefbing

(hall

come

from

the

prefence

of

the

Lord; and

he

(hall

fend

7efus Chrifi, who

before

was

preached unto

you

;

that

is,

that

when Je-

fus

Chnft, who

is

now preached unto you

(hail come,

you may receive

the

final

Sentence

of

Abfolution

and Forgivenefs.

And

thus much

(hall fuf ice

to have

fpoken

of

the

Bleffing

and

Benefit

here

pro-

mifed,

the

mercy

of

God ; which comprehends

all

the

Bleffed Effects

of the

divine

Grace and

Goodnefs to

Sinners,

the prefent pardon

of

Sin,

and power

to

mortifie

Sin,

and

to perfevere

in

a

good courfe,

and

our

final

Abfoluton by the

Sentence

of

the

great Day,

together

with

the

merciful and glorious

Reward

of

eternal

Life.

II.

We

will confider in

the

next

place,

the Conditions upon which

this

Blefling

is

promifed, and

they

are

two,

the

Confejing

and

Forfaking

of

our

Sins,

Whofo con

-

feffeth

and

f

rfaketh-his

Sin, Jball

have

mercy

; and thefe two do contain and conftitute

the whole nature

of

Repentance, without which

a

Sinner can

have no reafonable

hopes to

find

mercy

with

God, I begin

with the

Firfl,