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9. Against the abundant Mercies of God, Ifa. i. 2. 2 Sam. xii. 7, 8, 9. and against his Judgments fent to awaken them out of their Sins, Ifa. xxvi. 9. Hof: v. 15. Amos iv. 6, &c. Mic. vi. 9.
8. Against his. Promifes, S. Matt. xxiii. 37. 1 Sam. ii
. 30. and against his Threatnings, Gen. ii, 17. and iii. 11.
9. Against our own Refolutions to the contrary, 2 S. Pet. ii. 22.
10. Against our Solemn Vows to God, Psal. ixi. 8. Ecclef. t. 4, 5.
11. Against the Checks of our own Consci. ences, Rom. ii. 15. and vii. 15.
12. Against the Motions of God's Spirit di. reding to do otherwise, Ephef. iv. 30, Rev. iii, 20.
13. With frequent Repetitions of them, Fer, iv. 14. Job xiii. 23. and xxii. 5.
14. When Shameless and Daring, fer. xiii. 27. and vi. 15. and viii. 12. Phil. iii. 19.
15. When they come to be delighted in, Jer. xi. 15. Ifa. Ivi. 12.
II. Humiliation, Levit. xxvi. 40, 41, 42. Ezr. ix. 5,6,7. Dar. ix. 4, &c. Joel ii., 12, 13. S. Jam. iv. 8, 9, 10.
Which is to be, 1. Hearty, Foel ii. 13. Isa. Ivii. 15. Mal. ii. 2. ! King. viii. 47, 48. and xxi. 27, 28, 29: Psal. Ji. 6, 7. and lxvi. 18. 2. From right Motives; namely,
1. Because God is offended by Sin, Gen.XXxix, 9. S. Luk. xv. 21.
2. Because Christ died for it, Hebr. ix. 26, 28. Rom. iv, 25. i S. Joh. ii. 2. 1 S. Pet. iii. 18.
3. Because our Souls are defiled by it, S. Mar. vii. 15, 21, 22, 23. Țit. i. 15.
4. Because it enslaves us to Satan, 2 Tim. ii. 26.
5. Because it separates us from God, Ifa. lix. 2.
6. Because it is the Cause of all Miseries, Pfal. cvii. 17. Rom. v. 12.
The true Christian is not only sorry for the Sting, but for the Shame of his Sins, Rom. vii. 24. 3. Adequated and fitted,
1. To the Number, Pfal. xxxviii. 4. and
2. To the Sizes of our Sins. Great Sins require great Repentance, great Provocations great Humiliation, Psal. li.
4. Universal, Psal. cxix. 6. and cxxxix. 23, 24.
i. For Omissions as well as Commissions ; these being,
1. Against God's Law,as well as they, 1 Theff.
2. What we shall be judged for at the last Day, as well, yea rather than them, S. Matt. xxv. 10, 30, 41, &c.
It is a Sin to live without God, as well as against God, 2 Chron. XV. 3. Ephef. ii. 12.
2. For Secret and Hidden Sins, as well as those that are Open and Visible, Pfal. xix. 12. Now our Secret Sins,
1. Are all known to, and observed by God, Psal. xc. 8. Gen. vi. 5.
2. Will rack the Conscience, Psal. xxxviii.4.
3. Must be brought to Judgment against us, as well as others, Ecclef. xii. 14. Rom. ii. 16. S. Luk,
3. For those of our Heads as well as Hearts, S. Mar. xvi. 16. and Gal.rv. 20. Herefies are reckoned amongst those Sins, which debar the Offender of an Entrance into Heaven.
4. For little, as well as greater Sins. These being all contrary,
1. To the Nature of God, Levit. xi. 44.
6. Exclude out of Heaven, S. Matt. V. 19. Rev. xxi. 27.
7. Are unpardonable without Christ, Ezek.
8. Are avoided by the Saints of God, as well as great Ones, Psal. cxix. 113.
Nay, we are not only to be humbled for little Sins, as well as great Ones; but in some Sense more. Especially considering, that,
1. They are more frequently committed, Psal. xix. 12.
2. With less Reluctancy, fob xxxiv. 32.
3. We have been seldomer humbled for them. Great and daring Sins shock the Conscience, and make a Man ready to cry out with Hazael, 2 King. viii. 13. And again, when committed, wound and grieve the Soul, like those, Alt. ix. 5. and like S. Peter, S. Mart. xxvi. 75. but little Sin's
III. Confession of Sin.
1. To Almighty God, Ezr4x. 11, Levit. xxvi. 40, 42. Psal. xxxii. 5. This Confession is to bę,
1. Hearty and sincere, not with our Mouths only, but with our Hearts and Souls. Our Hearts must be Unisons with our Tongues herein, Pfal. xxxiv. 18.
2. With Humiliation and Sorrow of Mind, Ezra x. 1, 6. Psal. xxxiv. 18. S. Luk. xviii. 13.
To make Confession of Sin without Humiliation for it, is to commit Sin whilst we confess it, Ezr. ix. 5,6,7. 2 King. xxii. 19, 20. Nehem. i. 4,&c. Ezek. xvi. 63.
3. General, Levit. xviij. 21. Never a Sip that is known to us, but must be acknowledged to God; Secret as well as Open, Pfal. xix. 12.
4. Particular. We must not only confess all Sins in general, but every Sin in particular, Pfal. li. 4:
5. With the Aggravations of it. The killing Aggravations are to be confeffed wherewith our Sins are cloathed, as well as naked Sins, Pan. ix. 13. Lament. i. 20.
6. Loathing ourselves for it. Though Sin be sweet in Commission, it should be bitter in Confeflion. What we confess to God, we are to loạth in ourselyes, 1 King. viii. 35. 2 Sam. xxiv. 10. Ezek. xx. 43. and xxxvi. 31.
7. With Prayer to God, Dan. ix. 4, 20.
13. Hof. v. 15.
1. When the Conscience is troubled with it. When any Sin lies heavy upon our Minds, we are to confess it to others, that we may be helped by their Prayers, S. Fam. v. 16. i Sam. XV. 30.
2. When the Soul is foiled by it. When we are like to be worsted by any Sin, we are to call in for Help from others, i S. Job. i. 8. Jolle. vii. 20.
3. When God is eminently provoked, Ait. xxii. 4. i Tim. i. 15.
IV. Conversion and Amendment, Isa. i. 16, 1.7. I S. Pet. iji. II.
1. From Sin, Aēt. iii. 19.
1. From Sin in general, Rom. vi. 12. No fort of Sin whatsoever excepted.
2. From most beloved Sins, and to which most strongly tempted, Pfal. xviii. 23. Hebr. xii. 1.
2. To Holiness, AEZ. xxvi. 20. Not only cease doing Evil, but learn to do well. Ifa. i. 16, 17.
And this, 1. Unfeignedly, Psal. cxix. 34, 128. 1 King. viii. 61. 2 Cloron. XXV. 2.
2. Speedily, Eccles. xi. 1. Psal. cxix. 59,60. 3. Without any Reserve, Rom. ii. 22.
With Perseverance to the End, S. Matt. X. 22. Job xxvii. 5,6.
THIRDLY. The Hindrances of Repentance. 1. Ignorance, 1 Cor. ii. 14. Ifa. i. 3, 4. Prov.
I. Of the Sinfulness of Sin, which they are to be converted from, Rom. vii. 13.
2. Of the Glory of God, which they are to be converted to, Rom. i. 28. Job xxi. 14.
3. Of the Merits of Christ, which they are to be converted by, Phil. iii. 10.
4. Of the Nature of that Repentance, which they are, in Conversion, to exercise them. felves in, Act. xvii. 30. Ephef. iv. 18, 19. Micah 2. Unbelief, A&t. xix. 9.
1. Of the Scripture that commands Repentance, Psal. l. 17. and cvi. 24.
2. Of the Penalties which it declares shall be inflicted upon the Impenitent, S. Luk. xiii. 3,5. Ezek. xviii. 31.
3. Of the Privileges which it entails upon the Penitent, Ifa.i, 18, 19, and lv. 7. $. Luk. xxiv. 47.
vi. 6, 7.