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you grow more unworthy and ill-deserving. For, besides former transgressions, there are your daily short-comings, whereby you are continually meriting hell, without doing any thing, in the least measure, to make amends for what is past.
5. Do all your hopes of finding mercy at last, take their rise, only and absolutely, from the free grace of God, through Christ, as revealed in the Gospel? : St. Paul was doubtless one of the holiest men that ever lived : yet no man seems so sensible of his own viieness, and need of Christ and free grace. The law, says he, is spirituul; but I am carnal, sold under sin. Oh wretched man that I am! I am less than the least of all saints Y. B!! the deeds of the law no flesh can be justified. And he ever looks to be justified by free grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. He is concerned, to be found, not in himself, having on his own rightcousness ; but to be found in Christ, having on his righteousness b. In a word, it was his character, to worship God in the Spirit, to rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. And this, which was his character, will be your nature, if you really see the great evil of sin.
6. Is it become natural to you, to be afraid of sin, of all sin as the greatest evil? Are you afraid of secret, as well as open sins? Of sinful thoughts, as well as sinful actions: Of an ungracious, unholy frame of heart, as well as an unboly life? Are you afraid of having your heart turn away from God, the fountain of all good? Of losing a relish for secret prayer? Of wandering thoughts on the sabbath, and at sacrament ! And are you afraid of whatsoever tends thereto; such as vain company, a merry way of living, love to the world, neglecting to watch the heart? Do you make conscience of walking with God, and of maintaining communion with the most high, in your closets, and families, and in the house of God? Or does not a round of duties, and form of religion, content you? Do you make conscience of loving your neighbour as yourself, and doing as you would be done by; paying your debts, at the time agreed upon, and showing mercy to the poor? Do you make conscience of it, to bridle your tongue, to avoid tattling, and acting as busybodies in other men's matters? Do you make conscience of it, not to mispend your time in fruitless visits at taverns; in frolics, or in any other vain or unprofitable way: but to devole your time and all your talents, to the service of God? If you see your obligations to God, you will make conscience of pleasing him in all things. If you see the great evil of sin,
I Rom. vii. 14. 2. y Eph. iii. 8.
2 Rom. iii. 20. a Rom. ii. 24.
Phil. iü. 8, 9. c Phil. iii. 3.
y you will be afraid of it in every shape. If it appears to you as the greatest of evils, you will be most afraid of it. You will be more afraid of sin, than of any worldly loss, or of any reproach, or shame, or suffering, or even of death itself. However it may be with a good man, for a fit, this is his habitual temperd. Indeed, in general, men are but little afraid of sin : they will go into the way of it: they will run into temptations, to taverns, to frolics, to vain company; and care but little or nothing about the love of God, and secret prayer : no, nor so much as whether they are honest in their dealings, and true to their promises : and yet, alas! are ready to imagine themselves to be the children of God.
However, an habitual sense of the great evil of sin, is so essential to vital piety, that without it, men, (let their past experiences and their present pretences be what they will,) are but mere hypocrites. Their repentance is counterfeit: their faith is false: their religion is all ansound. If you know not the great evil of sin, you know nothing, yet, as you ought to know. You are a stranger to God, ignorant of your own heart, and of the deplorable condition you are in, and to this day are unhumbled, impenitent, and unpardoned. Wherefore, consider these things, answer these questions; and see, and say, what is your state.
Oh ! how doleful is the state of secure, Cbristless sinners ! At enmity against God! Rebels against the majesty of heaven! Their frame of heart and manner of life, a continual despising the Lord ! a grief to the Holy One of Israel! a constant provocation! And yet, alas ! they know it not; nor does it once enter into their hearts : they go on at ease, ar
d Luke xiv. 20
are merry, as though all were well. And little think what is just before them- The day of accounts drawing nigh; a day of darkness; of gloominess; and of thick darkness; and
i of great wrath !
Awake, O stupid sinner! Look round; see what you do ; see where you are: and consider what will be the end. Can your hands be strong, or your heurt endure, 0 guilty rebel, when GOD ALMIGHTY shall come forth to deal with you, according to your crimes !
Behold, now is a day of grace: and God is ready to be reconciled : a door of mercy is opened, by the blood of the Son of God: pardon and peace are proclaimed to a rebellious guilty world. Repent, therefore, and be converted; that your sins may be blotted out. But if after your hardness and impenitent heart, you will venture to go on, treasuring up wrath aguinst the day of wrath ; you are like to know it, to your everlasting sorrow, that it is a fearful and horrible thing, to sin against the Lord.
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Antinomians, errors of, respecting the
law and its requirements, üi. 73.
grace of the gospel, ü. 376. nor of
their need of grace, and the atone.
ment of Christ, üii. 275. but are ene-
Antinomian spirit, the source of infide.
lity, ii. 385.
ference between them, what, üi. 118.
blow at the root of, iï. 79.
-confirmed in holiness, when, ii. 66.
uses of the fall of angels and men
to them, what, ii. 65.
their reflections on the death of
their glory consists in, what, i. 522.
Apostncy of angels and men, conducive
of the moral system, ü. 78.
Siena, character of, ii. 382.
Arminians, errors of, respecting the
respecting the law and its require-
ments, iï. 272.
religious exercises of, not according
Atheism, practical, what, ii. 452.
and danger of, ii. 301. iji. 478—488. 391. ii. 344. 356.
opens the way for the free exercise
of grace to a sinful world, i. 373.
- not to be considered as paying a debt,
- extent of, i 382.
consequences of supposing it limited
- objections to universal atonement an-
Atonement, importance of the doctrine, Believing that our sins are forgiven, not
justifying faith, iii. 92. and passim.
parts of New-England, i. 32.
what, i. 356.31. 299. 383.
jii. 363. and how, ü. 274–277. ïïi. his death and funeral, i. $9.
his directions how to profit by a pea
apostolic age, ii. 288. iii. 562. Benevolence of God, i. 342.
- doctrine of, considered, ii. 274. 325, - tendency of the gospel to produce, i.
Blessings of the gospel conditional, ü.
- temporal, all the fruits of Christ's
of considered, i. 222. 234-236. Blameworthiness of the sianer, denial of,
gives encouragement to all sinners to
return to God, i. 386.
Boston, Mr. on the two covenants,
scheme of, ii. 242. Note,
Backsliders, to return to God, how, i.
Calvinistic doctrines, whether they tend
the means of grace, considered, üi,
Carnal mind, enmity of, proved, iii. 304.
Character of the persons addressed in
Christ the second Adam, i. 309. 315.
them saving grace, iü. 278. 402. 421. sufficiently authorised to be a media.
their children to God in baptism, how - divine and hunian nature of, united,
- intercession of, i. $74.
the covenant of grace only, üi. 161. 528.
- bas made satisfaction to divine jus.
in Christ, i. 103. and rewarded, ibid. Christ's death, designed not to procure
ment of it, i. 121. but to fulfil all the
demands of the law, i. 122.