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Q^ 6. What is the mosthainous of all Sins in the World?
A. The Sin against the Holy Ghost is the most hainous of all other Sins, and shall never be forgiven by him, Matth. xii. 31. — All Manner of Sin and Blasphemy shall he forgiven unto Men: but the Blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto Men.
Q^ 7. From whence doth the Scripture aggravate Sin l
A. The Spli it of God in Scripture aggravates and estimates Sin from the Degree of L'ght and Knowledge Men Sin against, Luke xii. 47. And thru Servant .which knew his Lord't Will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his Will, shall be beaten •with many Stripes, John xv. 22. Js I had net come, and spoken unto them, they had not had Sin: but now they have no Cloak for their Sin.
Q^ 8. What's the second Thing that aggravates Sin?
A. The more Mercies any Man sins against, the greater is his Sin, Rom. ii. 4. Or dspisest thou the Riches of his Goodness, and Forbearance, and long-suffering, not knowing that the Goodness of God leadeth thee to Repentance? And especially when it is against Spiritual Mercies and Means of Salvation, Heb. ii. 3. Hoiv shall we escape, if •we neglectso great Salvation, Sec.
Q^ 9. Are hainous and crying Sins capable of Forgiveness?
A. Yes, great and hainous Sins are capable of Forgiveness upon true Repentance, Isa. i. 18. — Though your Sins be as Scarlet, they shall be as white as Snow, though they be red .like Crimson, they shall be as Wool.
Q^ 10. From. what Fountains doth the Pardon of all Sins both great and small flow 1
A. They all flow from the Free Grace of God, Luke vii. 41, 42.—And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them hoth. And through the meritorious satisfying Blood of Christ, Eph. i. 7. In whom we have Redemption through his Blood, the Forgiveness os Sins, according to the Riches of his Grace, . ;. 1,.
Q^ 11. What is the first Inserence hence?
A. Though some Sins are more hainous than others, yet no Sinner should absolutely despair of Mercy; for the vilest have been pardoned, 1 Cor. vi. 11. And such were some os you; but ye are waffeed, bat ye are scnilificd, but ye are justified, &c.
Q^ It. What is the second Inserence hence? A. That there are different Degrees of Torments in Hell, proportioned to the different Degrees of Sim on Earth, Mat. xi. 21, 22. Woe unto th'e Chora2in, Woe unto thee Bethjaida; for is the mighty Works which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidan, they would have resent id long ago in Sackcloth and Ashes. But I Joy unto you, it /hall be more tollerable for Tyre and Sidon at the Day cfJudgmcnt than for you. Q^ 13. What is the third Inference hence? A. That great Sinners when pardoned and received to Mercy, should excell all others in Love to Chiist, Luke vii. 4.2, 43. — Which of them willlove him most? Simon answered and said, I suppose that he to whom he forgave moss. And he said unto him thou hast rightly judged.
Q^ 14. What is the last Inserence hence? A. Let no Man neglect Christ, because his Sins are not so hainous as others, because the least Sin without Christ is damning, Rom. vi. 23. For the Wages of Sin is Death, Sec. And greater Sinners are often called, when lesser are not, Matth. xxi. 31, 32. —The Publicans and Harlots go into the Kingdom of God before you.
Of the Demerit of Sin.
Quest. 84. TT7 HAT doth every Sin deserve?
W A. Every Sin desefveth God's Wrath and Curse, both in this Lise, and that which is to come.
Q^ 1. Wherein doth the Evil of Sin principally confist?
A. It confists principally in the Offence it gives, and the Wrong it doth to God, Psal. li. 4. Jgainsl thee, thee-only have 1 finned, and done this Evil in thy Sight.
Q^ 2. What is the first Offence and Wrong Sin doth to God? t
A. It confists in its Enmity to God, Rom. viii. 7. Because the carnal Mind is Enmity against God, &c. Expreit in Scripture by walking contrary to him, Levit xxvi. 40. —They have also walkedoontrary to me. Fighting against God, Acts v. 39. Lest haply ye be even sound to fight against God. And
refisting lefisting his Spirit, Acts vii. 51.—Te do always restst the Holy Ghost.
Q^ 3. Wherein is its Enmity to God surther discovered in Scripture?
A. It is discovered under the Names and Notions of Hatred of God, Rom. i. 30. Back-bilirs, Haters o/God, Sec. Rebellion against God, 1 Sam. xv. 23. For Rebellion is as the Sin of Witchcraft, Sec. And.despifing the Commandment of God, 2 Sam. xii. 9. Wherefore hast thou dtsjafcd the Commandment of the Lords
Q^ 4. What are the Attributes of God that Sin wrongs?
A. It wrongs al his Attributes, for it flights his Sovereignty, Exod. v. 2. AndPharaohsaid, who is the Lord, that I sbou d ofay his Voice, to let Israel go? Refists his Poixier, 1 Cor. x. 22.—Areixe stronger than he? Despiseth his Goodness, Rom. ii. 4. Or des.pisest thou the Riches of his Goodness, Sec. Taxeth his Justice, E2ek. xviii. 25. Yet ye fay the Way of the Lord is not equal, Sec. And clouds his Halinrss, Jam. ii. 7. Do net they blaspheme that worthy Name, by the whichye are called?
Qi 5. What doth Sin deserve in the Course of Justice from God?
A. It deserves all temporal and eternal Effects of God's Wrath, on the Souls and Bodies of Sinners, all which in Scripture go undeT the Name of Death, Rom. vi. 23. For (he Wages of Sin is Death, Sec.
0^6. Can these Sufferings satisfy God for all this Wrong?
A. No, they cannot, and therefore they must, and shall be eternal on the Damned, Matth. vi 26. Verily I say unto thee, Thou skalt by no Means come out thence till thou hast paid the uttertnost Farthing, Mark ix. 44. Where their Worm dieth not, and the Fire is not quenched.
Q;_ 7. Shall all Sinners bear the Desert of their Sins?
A. No, all that are out of Christ shall, but Christ hath freed Believers from it, John iii. 18. He that believeth an him is not condemned, Sec.
Q^ 8. But is it not hard that.Sinner(S should suffer eternally for the Sins of a sew Years?
A. No, it is not; for the Evil of Sin .is not to- be measured by the Time in whkh, tut by the Objec t against which it is committed, Psal. li. 4, 5. —Against thee, thee tnly have I jinned, and done this Evil in thy Sight, &c. Qi 9. What learn we from hence? A. Hence in the first Place we learn the Impossibility of satisfying God's Justice for the least Sin that ever we committed, Job vii. 20. I have jinned, what shall I do unto thee, &c. Pfal. cxxx. 3. If thou Lordstiouldst mark Iniquity, O Lord, "iuho shall stand?
Q-_ 10. What's the second Instruction hence > A. Hence we see the Necessity of a Mediatour betwixt God and us, Psal. xl. 6, 7. Sacrifice and Offering thou didst not 'defire, &c-—Then said I, lo, 1 come in the Volume of the Book it is written of me.
Q^ 11. What is the third Instruction hence? A. That the greatest Suffering is rather to be chosen than the least Sin, Heb. xi. 25. Chufing rather to suffer AfjUction with the People of God, than to enjoy the Pleasures of Sm for a Season.
Qi 12. What is the fourth Instruction hence? A. Itteacheth us what an invaluable Mercy, the fall, free and final Remission of Sin is, Psal. xxxii. 1, 2. £ Zested is he whofe 1ransgrestion is forgiven, and whose Sin is covered, &c. Qi 13. What is the fifth Instruction hence? A. It vindicates God in his severest Strokes on Sinners, Hos. vi. 5. Therefore have I hewed them by the Prophets: I have stain them by the Words of my Mouth, and thy Judgments are as the Light that goeth forth,
Q^ 14. What is the last Instruction? A. Hence we learn the Nature and infinite Value of Christ's Sufferings, Rom.viii. 32. He that spared not his o-uon Son, but delivered .him up for us all: how stall he not with him also freely give us all Things?
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Quest. 85. TT7" HAT doth God require of us that we W may
us for Sin?
A. To escape the Wrath and Curse of God due to us for Sin, God requireth of us Faith in Jesus Christ, Repentance
P unto unto Lise, with the diligent Use of all the outward Means, whereby Christ communicateth to us the Benefits of Redemption.
Q^ 1. What are the Things required of us to escape God's Wrath and Curse due to us for Sin?
A. The Things required of us, are, (1.) Faith in Jesus Christ, Acts xvi. 31. And they said, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, audthou stalt be saved, and thine House. (2.) Repentance from Sin, Acts iii. 19. Repent ye therefore, and be concerted, that your Sins may be blotted cut, &c. (3.) Diligent firiving in the Use of all God's appointed Means, Luke xiii. 24. Strive to enter in at the strait Gate: for many, I say unto you, shall seek to enter in, and shall not be able. ,
Q^ 2. Are these Things in Man's Power to perform that God requires of him?
A. Though they are our Duties, yet we have no Power in ourselves by Nature to perform them, but the Power is of God, 2 Cor. iii. 5. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any Thing as of ourselves, but our Sufficiency is of God.
Q^ 3. But if Men be in Christ, and justified from Eternity, what Need of this?
A. Though God from Eternity decreed, and Christ long since purchased the Salvation of the Elect; yet have they no Union with Christ, till they believe, Ephes. iii. 17. That Christ may dwell in your Hearts by Faith, that ye being rooted and grounded in Love. Nor Remission .of Sin, Acts iii. 19. —Thatyour Sins may be blotted out, when the Times of refreshing stall come from the Presence os the Lord; but lie under Wrath as others do, Eph. ii. 3, i2. — And were by Nature the Children of Wrath even as ethers. Ver. xii. That at that Time ye were without Christ, being Aliens from the Commontver.lt h of Israel, and Strangers from the Covenants of Promise, having no Hope, and without God in the World.
Q^ 4. IfitbeGod that can only work these Graces in us, to what Purpose is our striving?
A. God's working doth not exclude Man's striving, but more excites and obliges us to it, Phil. ii. 12, 13.—- Work cut your own Salvation with Fear and Trembling: Fot it is is God which worketb in you hoth to will and to do, of his own good Pleasure.