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EXO Do Xxxiv. 6.

The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and


והיה והוה אל רחום וחנון




. 1. What is the Mercy of God? It is that Perfe&ion whereby he is always rea

dy to assist his Creatures in Misery, Lamen

tations iii. 22. Diftinguitur Misericordia ab Amoře ; quia Amor fertur in Bonum quatenus Bonum, Mifericordia in Bor hum quatenus miferum, sive cúm Miferid conjun&tum.

This his Mercy is like his other Perfections, exceeding great and infinite, Psal. ciii. 8, 9, 10. Numb. xiv. 18. Pfal. cxlv. 8. Psal. Ivii. 10. Ephefians ii. 4.

He is the Fountain and Father of Mercy, 2 Cor. i. 3. Quest

. 2. To whom is God merciful ? 1. To Mankind in general, Psal. cxlv. 9. 1. In granting them Life and Continuance

upon Earth, notwithstanding their Sins,

Lam. iii. 39. Pfal. lxxxvi. 13. 2. In delivering them out of their Troubles

in Distresses, Psal. cvii. ', 6, 7, 8, 13, 54. 3. In easing them of their Pains, curing

their Diftempers, and granting theme Health and Strength of Body, Psal. ciii. I, 2, 3, 4

4. In

4. In giving us all Things necessary for Life

and Godliness, Matt v. 45. Psal. cxlvii. 8. Psal. cxlvi. 7, 8, 9. Psal. cxxxvi, 23, 24,

25, 26.

s. In sending his Son to be our Saviour,

Foln iii. 16. Tit. iii. 4, 5. Eżek. xxxiii. 11. 2. He is in a special Manner merciful to those

that love and fear him, Psal. ciii. 11, 12, 13. Neb. i. 5. Luke i. so. 1. In pardoning their Sins, Psal. Ixxxvi. 5.

Heb. viii. 12. Luke i. 77, 78. 2. In mortifying their Lusts, and quickening

them to Newness of Life, Eph. ii. 43 $. 3. In assisting them in the Performance of

all their Duties, and the Exercise of all true Grace and Virtue, i Cor. vii. 25.

2 Cor. iv. 1. 4. In supporting them under all their Trou

bles, Psal. xciv. 17, 18, 19. And blessing and fan&ifying them to them, Heb. xii. 10,

11. Pfal. cxix. 67, 71. 5. In bringing them at last to Heaven, Tit. iii.

Song 6,»7. Quest: 3. What Úses are we to make of God's Mercy?

1. We must not abuse it to Licentiousness. 2: We should imitate him, in-being merciful

to one another, Luke yi. 36. 1. Pardoning others Injuries. 2. Pirying their Miseries. 3. Relieving their Necessities. 3. We must attribute all the good Things we

have to the Mercy of God. 4. It should teach us to love, fear, and praise



1. To love him, Pfal. cxvi. i. Luke vii. 47.
2. To fear him, Pfal. cxxx.4.
3. To praise him, Psal. Ixxxvi. 12. Psal, ciji.

2, 3, 4. Pfal. cxxxvi. 1, 2, 3, &c. ş.

We inust trust and hope on his Mercy,
Pfal. xxxiii. 18. Pfal. lii. 8. Psal. cxlvii. 11.
And that presently.

Consider, 1. God's Mercies are much greater than our Miseries.

2. They are sealed to us by the Blood of Christ.

3. Hoping and trusting in hiş Mercy, is the principal Way whereby to obtain it.

4. His Mercy is only for this Life, John ix.-4. Heb. ix. 27. 2. Cor. V. 10,

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EXO D. xxxiv. 6.

Gracious, long-suffering.

רחום וחנון ארך אפס

Quest, 1.

N what Sense is God said to be gra-

cious ? 1. Because he is lovely and amiable in him.

self, John i. 14. Luke iv. 22. Col. ii. 9. All

rational Creatures do therefore defire him. 2. Because he is favourable to his Creatures

beyond their Deserts, Rom. xi. 6. Quest

. 2. Wherein doth God fhew bimself thus gratious to Mankind ?

In our Salvacion, which wholly and solely proceeds from, and is grounded upon, his Grace, as the sole Beginner, Carrier on, and Perfecter of it ; Tit. ii. 11. Eph. ii. 5, 8.

It is of his Grace only, 1. That he sent his Son to be our Saviour,

Fohn iii. 16. Rom. v. 8. 2. That he sent his Apostles to preach the

Gospel, Gal. i. 15, 16. Eph. iii. 8, 9. s. That he hath called us to the Knowledge

of his Gospel, 2 Tim. i. 9 4. That he enables us to do any Thing that

is truly good, Phil. ii. 13. Rom. xii. 6. Ats Xyiii. 27. Epb. ii. 8. s. That we are kept from Sin, and from

being oyercome by Temptations, 2 Cor xij. 9.

6. That

6, That our Sins are pardoned, and our Per

fons justified and accepted before God, Rom. iii. 24. Rom. v. 18, 19, 20. Tit. iii. S,

6, 7. 7. That we perfevere to the End, and so

at length get to Heaven, Jeremiah xxxii. 40. Hence Heaven it self is called Grace , i Pet. i. 13.

Quest. 3. What Use are we to make of this?
I. Turn ņot this Grace to Wantoņness, Jude,

V. 4. 2. Whatfoever Good you do, ascribe it to the

Grace of God, 1 Cor. iy. 7 3. Depend on the Grace of God for all

Things referring to your eyerlasting Wel

fare, 2 Thes. ij. 16. 4. Carry your felves as those who are Par

takers of the Grace of God, 2 Tim. ii. I.

II. Long-suffering.

DBX 178, flow to Anger, Psal. ciii. 8. Psal. cxlv. 8. Long-suffering, Numb. xiv. 18. Jer, xv. 15. 7BX 7787 naxes sur 70.

Queft. 1. Wherefore is God said to be long-suf1. Because he defers his Wrath, and doth not

punish us so soon as we deserve, as in the old World, Gen. vi. 7. 1 Pet. iii. 20. And all Mankind, born in Sin, Psal. li. 5.



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