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Vi Men ought not to content themselves with a general repentance, but it is every man's duty to endeavour to repent of his parricular sins particularly k.
VI. As every man is bound to make private confession of his lins to God, praying for the pardou thereof l; upon which, and the forsaking of them, he shall find mercy m: So he that scan. dalizeth his brother, or the church of Christ, ought to be willing, by a private or public confession and sorrow for his fin, to declare his repentance to those that are offended n; who are
V. 18. Come now and let us reason thy face from my sins; and hlou out together, faith the Lord; though all mine iniquities. V. 14. Deliver your sins be as scarlet, they shall be me from blood guiltiness, O God, as white as snow; though they be thou God of my salvation : and my red like crimson, they shall be as tongue shall sing aloud of thy righwool,
teousness, Pfal. xxxii. s. I acknowV. Pfal. xix. 1 3. Keep back thy ledged my lip unto thee, and mine feryant also from presumptuous fins, iniquity have I not hid: I said, I Jet them not have dominion over will confess my transgresions udio me; then shall I be upright, and I the Lord; and thou forgavest the thall be innocent from the great iniquity
, of my lin. Selah," v. 6. For „transgrellion. Luke xix. 8. And Zac- this thall every one that is godly cheus stood and said unto the Lord, pray upto thee, in a time when thou Behold, Lord, the half of my goods mayeft be found : surely in the floods I give to the poor, and if I have ta of great waters, they shall not come
ken any thing from any man by false nigh unto him. accusation, I reitore lim four fold, m Prov.xxvii. 13. He that cover
i Tim. i. 13. Who was before a cih his fins, hall not prosper : but blasphemer, and a perfecutor, and whoso confetleth apu forfaketh them. injurinus. But I obtained mercy, thall have mercy, 1 Joho i. 9. If we because I did it ignorantly, in un- confess our fins; he is faithful and belief. v. 15. This is a faithful fay- just to forgive us our fins, and to ing, and worthy of all acceptation, cleanse us from all uprighteoufness." that Jesus Christ came into the » James v. 16. Confess your faults world to save lippers ; of whom ! ane to another, and pray ope for a. am chief,
Rother, that ye may be healed : The VI. /Psal. li. 4. Agaiqft thee, thee effektyal fervent prayer of a righteodly have I linned, and done this evil ous man availeth much. Luke xvii, in thy light: that thou mighrest be 3. Take heed to yourselves: If thy justified when thou speakelt, and be brother trespass against thee, rebuke
lear when thou judgelt, v. 5. Be- him; and if he repent, forgive him. hold, I was shapen in iniquity : and V. 4. And if he trespass agaiolt thee in fin did my mother conceive me. v. seven times in a day, and seven times 1. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall in a day turn again to thec, faging, be clean ; wash me, and I shall be I repent; thou shalt forgive him. whiter than the foow. v. 9. Hide Joth. vii. 19. And Jothua faid 'unta
thereupon to be reconciled to him, and in love to receive him e.
CHAP. XVI. Of Good Works.
OOD works are only such as God hath commanded in
his holy word a, and not fuch as, without the warrant thereof, are devised by men, out of blind zeal, or upon any pretence of good intention b,
II. These good works, done in obedience to God's commandments, are the fruits and evidences of a true and lively faith-c: and by them believers manifest their thankful
Achan, My son, give, I pray thee, ed their heart far from me, and their glory to the Lord God of Israel
, and fear towards me is taught by the premake confeffion unto him': 'and tell cept of men. 1 Pet.i. 18. Forafmuch Die now what thou hast done, hide as ye know that ye were not redeemit not from me, (Psal. li, through. "ed with corroptible things, as silver out.)
and gold, from your vain converfa. 02 Cor. ii. 8. Wherefore I beseech tion, received by tradition from you, thai you would confirm your your fathers. Rom. x. 2. For I bear love towards him.
thein record, that they have a zeal 1. a Micah vi. 8. Hé hath shewed of God, but not according to know thee, Oman, what is good; and ledge. John xvi. 2. They all put what doth the Lord require of thee, you out of the synagogues, yea, the but to do justice, and to love mercy, tione cometh, thát whosoever killeth and to walk humbly with thy God? you, will think that he doth God Rom, xiji 2. and be not conformed service. i Sam. xv. 21. But the peoto this world: but be ye transformed 'ple took of the fpoil, theep and oxen, by the renewing of your mind, that ibe chief of the things which should ye may prove what is that good, and hare been utterly destroyed, to facriacceptable and perfect will of God. fice unto the Lord thy God in Gilgal. Heb. xiii. 21. Make you perfect in v. 22. And Samuel faid, Hath the
every good work to do his will, Lord as great delighe in burnt offerworking in you that which is well. ings and sacrifices, as iri obeying the pleafing in his fight, through Jesus voice of the Lord ? Behold, to obey Christ; to whom be glory for ever is better than facrifice; and whearaod over. Ainen.
ken, than the fat of rains. v. 23. For 3 Mat. xv. 9. But in vain they do rebellion is as the fin of witch chraft, worship me, teaching for doctrines and stubbornnefs is as iniquiey and the commandments of men. Isa. xxix, idolatry: because thou halt rejected 13. Wherefore the Lord laid, Foraf. the word of the Lord; he hath also much as this people draw near me rejected thee from being king with their mouth, and with their 11. c James ji. 18. Yea, a man lips do honour mę, but have remor. may say, thou hast faith, and I have
Fyw $ 1) Works,
Dets.d, strengthen their affurance e, edify their brethren f, adorn the profession of the gospel g, stop the mouths of the adversaries b, and glorify Godi, whose workmanship they are,
works : Mew me thy faith without s 2 Cor. ix, 2. For I know the forthy works, and I will then thee my wardness of your inind, for which I faith by my works. v. 22. Seest thou boast of you to them of Macedonia, how faith wrought with his works, that Achaia was ready a year ago ; and by works was faith made per end your zeal hath provoked very fect ?
many. Mat. v, 16. Let your light d Psal. cxvi. 12. What shall I ren. so thine before men, that they may der unto the Lord for all his benefi's fee your good works, and glorify towards me? v. 13. I will take the you Father who is in heaven. cup of salvation, and call upon the g Tit. ii. 5. To be discreet, chaste, Dame of the Lord. 1 Pet. ii. 9. But keepers, at home, good, obedient to ye are a chosen generation, a royal their own husbands, that the word priesthood, an holy nation, a pecu of God be not blafphemed. v.9. Ex• Jiar people; that ye should shew hort servants to be obedient unto forth the praises of him, who hath their own maiters, and to please called you out of darkness into his them well in all things; not anmarvellous light.
swering again; v, 10. Not purloin. ei John ii. 3. And hereby we do ing, but hewing all guod sidelity; know that we know him, if we keep that they may adore the doctrine of his commandments. v. 5. Bųe whoso God our Saviour in all things, v. II. keepeth his word, in him verily is "For the grace of God that bringeth the love of God perfected : hercoy salvation, hath appeared unto all know we that we are in him. 2 l'et. men; v. 12. Teaching us, that dei. 5. And besides this, giving all di- nying ungodliness and worldly lufts, ligence, add to your faith, virtue: we thould live faberly, righteously, and to virtue, knowledge ; v. 6. and godly in this present world. And to knowledge, temperance; and 1 Tim. vi, 1. Let as many servants to temperance, patience; and to pa as are under the yeke, count their tience, godliness; v. 7. And to god- own mafters worthy of all honour; liness, brotherly kindness; and to that the name of God and his docbrotherly kindness, charity. v. 8. trine be not blafphemed. For if these things be in you, and bo i Pet. ii. 15. For so is the will abound, they make you that ye of God, that with well-doing ye may shall neither be barren, nor unfruit- put 10 filence the ignorance of fool. sul in the knowledge of our Lord ¡lh men. Jesus Christ. v.g. But he that lack į 1 Pet. ii. 12. Having your coaeth these things, is blind, and can versation honest among the Gentiles; not see afar off, and hath forgotten that' whereas they speak against you that he was purged from his old sins. as evil doers, they may, by your good 1. 10. Wherefore the rather, bresh- works which they shall behold, glopen, give diligence to make your cal. ify God in the day of visitation, ling and election sure : for if ye do Phil. i. 11. Being filled with the these things, ye shall never fall, fruits of righteourgess, which are
created in Christ Jesus thereunto k, thar, having their fruit unto holiness, they may have the end eternal life l.
HII. Their ability to do good works is not at all of themselves, but wholly from the Spirit of Christ m. And ihat they may be enabled thereunio, besides the graces they have already received, there is required an actual influence of the same holy Spirit, to work in them to will and to do of his good pleasure n, yet are they not hereupon to grow negligent, as if they were not bound to perform any duty, unless upon a fpecial motion of the Spirit; but they ought to be diligent in tirring up the grace of God that is in them ö.
IV. They who in their obedience attain to the greatest height which is posible in this life, are lo far from being able to supererogate and to do more than God requires, as that they fall
by jesus Christ, unto the glory and I put within you, and I will take 2-, ! praise of God. John xv. 8. Herein way the stony heart out of your :) is my father glorified, that ye bear fesh, and I will give you an heart much fruit, so thall ye be my disci- of flesh. v. 29. and I will put my ples.
Spirit within you, and cause you to : & Eph. ii. 10. For we are his walk in my statutes, and ye Mhall: workman'hip, created in Christ Jesus keep my judgments and do them. unto good works, which God hath n Phil. ii. 13. For it is God who before ordained that we should walk worketh in you, both to will and to in them.
do, of his good pleasure. Phil. iv. 7. Rom. vi. 22. But now being 13. I can do all things thro? Chrift made free from fin, and become fera who ftrengtheneth me.
2 Cor. ii. vants to God, ye have your fruit 5. Not that we are sufficient of ourunto holiness, and the end everlasting felves; but our sufficieocy is of God. life.
o Phil. ii. 12. Wherefore my beIII. m john xv. 4. abide in me, loved, as ye have always obeyed,
As the branch cannot not as in my presence only, but now bear fruit of itself, except it abide in much more in my absence : work the vine; no more can ye, except ye
out your own salvation with fear *v. 5. I am the vine, and irembling. Heb. vi. th And. -* ye are the branches: He that abid. we desire that every one of you do eth in me, and I in him, the same shew the fame diligence, to the fullbringerh forth much fruit, for with. assurance of hope unto the end. out me ye can do nothing. v. 6. If 12. That ye be not Nothful, but * man abide not in me, he is cast followers of them, who thro' faith forth as a branch, and is withered; and patience inherit the promises. and men gather them and cast them 2 Pet, i. 3. According as his divine into the fore, and they are burned. power hath given unto us all things Ezek, xxxvi. 26. A new heart also that pertain unto life and godliwels, Will I give you, and a new spirit will throngh the knowledge of him that
and I in you.
abide in me
fhort of much which in duty they are bound to do p.
V. We cannot, by our best works merit pardon of fin or e ternal life at the hand of God, by reason of the great difproportion that is berween them and the glory to come, and the infinite distance that is between us and God, whom by them we can neither profit, nor satisfy for the debt of our former fins 95
hath called us to glory and virtue. fay, We are noprofitable servants : v, s. And besides this, giving all we have done that which was our diligence, add to your faith, virtue ; duty to do. Neh. xiii. 22. and I and to virtue, knowledge. 4. 10. commaaded the Levites, that they Wherefore the rather, brethren, Thould cleanse themselves, and that give diligence to make your calling they should come and keep the gates, and election lure : for if ye do these to lanctify the Sabbath day. Rethings, ye shall never fall :
member me, O my god, conceroing For so an entrance shall be ministred this also, and spare me according to unto you abundantly, into the ever the greatness of thy mercy. job ix. Jasting kingdom of our Lord and Sa 2. I know it is so of a truth : but
viour jesus Christ. Ifa. Ixiv. 7. And how should man be just with God? there is none that calleth upon thy v. 3, If he will contend with him, Dame, that stirreth up himself to he cannot answer him one of a thoutake hold of thee ; for thou hast hid sand. Gal. v. 17. For the fielh lust: thy face from us, and halt consumo eth against the Spirit, and the Spirit ed us, because of our iniquities. 2 againīt the flesh : and these are conTim. is 6. Wherefore I put thee in trary the one to the other ; so that semeinbrance, that thou stir up the ye cannot do the things that ye gift of God which is in thee, by the would, puuiing on of my hands. Afts xxvi. V. Rom. iii. 20. Therefore by 6. And now I stand, and am judged the deeds of the law there shall no for the hope of the promise made of flesh be justified in his fight : for by God unto our fathers :
v. 7. Unto
the law is the knowlege of fin. Rom. which promise our twelve tribes in iv. 2. For if abraham were justified Itantly serving God day and night, by works, he hath whereof to glohope to come: For which hope's ry, but not before God,
V. 4. Now Take, king Agrippa, I am accused of to him that worketh, is the reward the Jews. Jude 20. But ye beloved, nog reckoned of grace but of debt. . building up yourselves on your molt v. 6. Even as David also describeth holy faith, praying in the Holy the blessedness of the man, unto Gioit. v. 21. Keep yourselves in the whom God. imputeth righteousness love of God, looking for the mercy without works. Eph. ii. 8. For by of our Lord Jesus Chrilt unto etero grace are ye saved, through faith ; 'oal life.
and that not of yourselves : it is the IV. p Luke xvii. 10. So likewise gift of God. v.9. Not of works, ye, when ye shall have done all those Jest any man should boalt. Tit. iji. things which are commanded you, s. Not by works of rightcoafness,