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138 Forgiveneß x.ot revealed;d.c. Pa 1430, deceived. It is impnfble it thould be fo with him. Now as this extends it felf in general, to all the Words and Works of God, fo there is peculiarly in this whereof he treats cpeadet-rov 7ñc pals, an efpecial immutability ofhis count1. Mer may think that although there be words fpoken about forgivenefs, yet it is poffibie it may be otherwife ; no faith the Apoftle, it is fpoken by God, and it is implible he fhould lye. Yca, but upon the manifold provocations of (inners he may change his mind and thoughts therein ; . no, faith the Apo. file, there is a peculiar immutability in his count l concerning the execution of this thing, there can be no change in it. But how doth this appear that indeed this is the counfel of his will ? Why, faith he ? he bath declared it by his Word; and that given in a way of promife; which as in its own nature it is fuited to raife an expetfation in him or them to whom it is made or given ; fo it requires exad faithfulneß in the difcharge and performanceofit,wi;ich God on his part will affuredly an. fwer. But neither is this all ; but that no place might be left for any cavilling Objection in this matter, ftcr?17tlQev órxre, he interpofed himfeif by anoath; Thus we have this Truth de- duced from the veracity ofGods nature, obe of his Effential Ex- eellencies,effablij1sed in the immutable purpofe of his Will, brought forth by a word of promife, and confirmed by Gods interpoling himfelf againa all occations of exception, ( fo to put an end unto all llrife about it) by an Oath, (wearing by himfelf that fo it fhould be. I have mentioned this only to thew what weight the Holy Ghori layes upon the delivery of this great Truth , and thence howdeeply it cóncerns us to ..enquire dill gently into it, and after the grounds and evidences which may be tendred of it, which among others are thefe that follow. nfi overy