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V.5. For every man fhall bear his owne burden. Pfal. 77.6. I call to remembrance my song in the
night, I commune with mine own heart, and
my Spirit made diligent search. Rom. 14.12. Sothen every one of us shall give ac«
count of himself to God. Ezra 8.22.- The hand of our God is upon all them
for good that seek him: but his power, and his 207 ath is against all them that forsake him.
of Repentance. Aving seriously examined thy Conscience,
and impartially considered thy waies, and course of life, and the state of thy soul cowards God; The nexe ducy I would advise thee (beging the assistance of the Spirit of God) to set upon the speedy practise of; is true, and seri, 0146, and unfeigned repentance.
Í shall cherefore for thy benefic, 1. Open the nature of true repentance. 2. Give some directions about it. 3. Some motives to it.
Repentance unto life is an Evangelical Grace wrought in the soul by the Spirit of God. And che parts of ic are these fix,
4. Confeffion of fin.
6. Conversion, and turning the bent of the heart towards God. First, Conviction. The Spirit of God forft opens a finners eies, before he breaks á finner's heart. The soul of a crue penitent is convinced, and made apprehenfive of these three things,
1. The evil, odiousnesse, and filthines of for.
2. The danger, desert, and mischievous effects and consequents of it:
3. Its own deep guiltinesse, both of Original and Attual fin.
1. The evil of fin appears in these seven particulars;
1. 'l is contrary to Gods holy Nature.
3. It robs and deprives the soul of Gods Image, confisting in knowledge, righteoufnelle, and holinelle.
4. It depraves, disorders, distempers the soul, weakens the powers of it, disables it for holy operations, and brings a corrupt disposition into it.
5. It defiles the foul, and leaves such a blot, and stain spon it, that nothing but ibe blood of Christ can wash out.
6 It enflaves the soul to the devil.
7. It makes the foul like unto the devil. Holineffe is Gods Nature: Sin and wickednefle is the devils, 'Twas sin chat at first, curn'd An.
gels of light into devils of darknesse: And if we could separate sin from them, they would cease to be devils, and clear up again into Angels of
II. The great danger of sin appears in that i brings such a guilt upon the soul, as makes i liable to Gods wrath and curse, and to punilla-,
1. Temporal: Sickness, pais, vexation, milery, death: which to che wicked are truly punishments, and fruits of Gods vindicative justice, and have chèir sting till in them.
2. Spiritual. 1. Losle of the favour of God, and communion with him. 2. The immediate frokes of his anger on the soul, wounds of Conscience, drops of his wrath, horrour of mind, despair. 3. Hardneffe of heart, a Spirit of Number, blindmeß of mind, a reprobate sense, to be given over to vile affections, and to Sathan. These are most fearful judgements.
3. Eternal. Such as concern the foules immortal condition after this life. And they
are eithee punishments of loß or pain. 1. Of loß, in being for ever banished from the presence of the Lord, and the joyes of Heaven, 2 Thes.2.9. being punished with everlafting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and the Glory of his power, 2. of pain, come fifting in those exquisite and unconceivable forments, which shall be inflicted on the dimned; sec forch in Scriprure by everlasting fore, utter dark
nes, the worm that never dies, the fore that is not quenchid, chains of darkness, the blackness of darknefs for ever, the lake of fire and brimstane,&c. As therfore, the nature of fin is out of measure sinful, so che punishments are out of measure fearful.
III. The soules decp guiltinesse appears by considering,
1. Its Original fin. In which three things are to be nuced: 1. The guilt of Adams particular transgreffion in eating the forbidden fruit, imputed co us. He was the head and common Father of mankind: and we were legally parties in chat covenant which was at first made with him ; For God cstablished his covenant with Adam principally, in respect of his Nature, and not so much in respect of his perfon: so chat by consequence it must follow, that all who are partakers of that Nature, are bound by that Covenant. And therefore we cannot but expect to be liable unto the guilt which followed upon the breach and wiolation of it, Rom. 5. 12. &c. 2. A want of original righteousnese, Rom.3.23: All have fizned, and come sort of the Glory of God; chac is, of the glorious Image of God, which was at first stamped upon man. 3. A corrupt disposition in mans nature, in place of original righteousnessc; These two latter being the lad effects of Adams fin. Now this depravednese of nature, this great averfene se to good, and pronenesse to evil
, is call’d the old man, and the body of fin, Rorn.6.6.
The Gn tbat dwelleth in us, Rom.7.17. The body of death, Rom.7.24. The flesh, as opposite to the Spirit, and Grace, Rom.7.18,25. The Law of the members, Rom7.23. Col.3.5. A mans own luft, Jam.1.14. where 'ris expresly distinguifhed from actual sin, as being the procreant cause of ir.
2. Its iztual transgressions, where are co be considered,
1. Omissions of good, and the duties required, that might and ought to have been done. Commissions of evil:
Against the Law, even both Offending Tables of it.
(Against the Gospel.... 3. Doing that which was good in an evil manner, flight, and undue performance of holy duties.
4. The aggravations of these fins, in regard Firrt, of the greatnesse of many of them, Every one has some black daies in his Calender, fome more high and great offences, whereof he hath beer guilty, and for which he is to be more deeply humbled. Secondly, The number of them, if we consider, 1. Wicked thoughts. 2. Inordinate. Affections. 3. Sinful words. 4. Evil actions. Thiirdly, That many of them have been committed, 1. Against mercies. 2. Against judgments. 3. Against promises and vomis of better. obedience.