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8. If thou dost seriously, and in good earnest repent
of all thy sins, it will be a great foundation of comfort to thee in time of distress. If the Devil, in time of temptation, or the hour of death, thill bring thy sins to chy remem. brance, and charge them upon thy Conscience, to drive thee to despair ; what a comfort will ir be, if chy Conscience can then truly answer, though I have been guilty of such and such sins, yet through the riches of Gods Grace, I have in time of my healch, particularly humbled my soul for them, I have retracted and undone them again by a serious repentance? Believe it, be that has cruly repented of all his fins, and has the bent of his heart turned cowards God, and is walking in a new course of life, a steady course of Godlinefle ; has a forer foundation of comfort in his own soul, than it an Angel should come from Heaven, and cell him he should be saved. Upon all ihese considerations, let me advise thee (begging the affiftance of the Spirit of God) co set upon the speedy practise of this, so great, fo necesiry, yea, io comforcable a ducy. Leç noc the deceitfulneffe of fir, the cunning of Satan, the hope of long life, a vain prefumption on the Mercy of God, or any mistakes, or prejudices against the Doctrine of repentance keep che off: buc laying aside all pretences, excuses, demurs whaçever, sec upon it seriously, and speedily, and chou will find
ic chereby(chrough the blessing of God)ıbundance
of ease, comfort, satisfaction, and settlement to thy Mind and Conscience. Pfal.32.5. I acknowledged my fix unto thee, and
mine iniquity bave I not hid, I said, I will confeffe my transgreffion unto the Lord, and shou
forgavest the iniquity of my son. Prov.28:13. He that covereth his fins shall not
prosper : but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them,
Thall have mercy. 1 John 1.8. If we say, that we have no fin, we
deceive oar selves, and the truth is not in us. V.9. If we confisse our fin, he is faithful and just to forgive us our fins, and to cleanse us from
all unrighteousnesse. Pfal. 19.12. Who can understand his errours?
cleanse t’sou me from secret faults. Pfal.90.8. Thou huft set our iniquities before thee,
our secret sins in the light of thy countenance. Jam.3.2. For in mairy things we offend all. Job 13.26. For thow writest bitter things against
me, and makest me to possesse the iniquities of
my youth. Pfal.38.4. For mine iniquities are gone over my
head, as an heavy burde they are too heavy for me. Job. 34.32. That whi: h I see not, teach thou me,
if i have done iniquity, I will do no more . Pfal.51.1. Have mercy upon me, o God, accord
ing to thy loving kindnesse, according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies, blot out my - tranfgreffioms.
V.2. Wasb me throughly from mine iniquity, and
clearfe me from my fin. V.3. For i acknowledge my transgressions, and
my son is ever before me. V.5. Behold I was shapen in iniquity, and in
fin did my mother conceive me. V.7. Purge me with bysop, and I shall be clean;
walla me, and I Mall be whiter than snow. V.9. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all
mine iniquities. V.10. Create in me a clean heart o God, and re
new a right spirit within me. V.11. Cast me not away from thy presence, and
take not thy holy Spirit from me. V.16. Thou desireft not sacrifice, else would I give it: thou delighteft not in burnt offering, V.17. The sacrifices of God are a broken pirit, a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
See more Scriptures concerning repentance, pag. 102.
dence in thy self, or any thing thou canfi do, to procure thy pardon and peace with God) deliberatly, and advisedly becake chy self unto Chrift Fe. fus, the only mediatour and Peace maker becween 'God and man; who once offered up himself, a sacrifice on the Crosse for fin, and is now in Heaven, making interceffion, and presencing the Merits of his obedience, Sufferings, and Death in the behalf of all such, who being loft and wn. done in themselves, do fie to him for belp and relief, and take him for their only Lord and Saviour. With judgment and undersi anding give up thy self to this Saviour : Cast thy penitent Soulac his feet: Rest and rely on him wholly and alone, to be justified, acquicced, and discharged of all thy sins by bis Merits, to be fanétified by his Spirit, to be commanded and diiposed of by him, and to be enabled by his Grace to persevere in the waies of Truth and Holinesse all thy daies, and at last, to be brought to Ecernal life. Incrust all thy hopes of pardon only on him: Encer inco a real Covenant with him, to be for ever his, resolving to live and die his faithtul Disciple, and servant. And because really to close with Christ
, and savingly co believe on him, is a macter of such exceeding high Concernment I thill,
1. Explain the Nature of it,
3. Give fome Motives, and Incouragements to it.
Know therefore, there is a two-fold Act of Faich.
I. Of Adherence. 2. Of Affurance.
I. When a poor finner doch caf himself wholly on Christ crucified for pardon and life, ; (upon the warrant of the promise) although he
hach no assurance in himself, how the Lord will dispose of him. This is commonly called Faith of Adherence, or Recumbency.
II. When a soul that hath thus cast himself on Christ, reflects upon what he hath done, e and comparing ic with the Gospel promises, be
comes (by the affiftance of the Spirit, bearing witnese with his Spirit) confidently perswaded of his interest in Christ, and that he shall be saved by him. This is called Faith of Assurance.
Now the former is that Faith which is the condition of the new Covenant, by which a finner is freely acquitced of all his lins, and accounted as a righteous and just person in Gods fighe.
To this Faith, there are chese fix things re
1. A real, firm belief of the truth of the Gospel, a true historical Faith, concerning Christs person, undertaking, and performance, and that he came to be a Mediatour and Peace maker becween God and man.
2. A deep sense and feeling of the heavy burden ot fin, with true forrow and humiliation chereupon, The soul is brought to see its undone