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2. Because in the Midst of Judgment he re

members Mercy, and doth not punish us so

much as we deserve, Ezra ix. 13.
3. Because he gives us the Space and Means

of Repentance, that so we may escape Pu-
nishment, 2 Pet. iii. 9. Ifa. xxx. 18.

upon our Repentance he doth
not punish us at all, 2 Sama: xii. 13. Jorab
ļi. 10. Ezek. xviii. 30. Ifa. lv. 7.

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Quest. 2. What Use are we to make of this the Long-suffering of God

I. Abuse it not to the hardening your selves in

Sin, Eccles. viii. 11, 12, 13.
2. Imitate God, in being long-suffering to

one another, as he is to you, Col. jii, 12.
Eph. iv, 2. Gal. v. 22. 2 Tim. iii. 10.
Let this Long-suffering of God lead thec
to Repentance, Rom. ii. 4.

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E XO D. xxxiv. 6.
Abundant in Goodness and Truth.

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רב חסד ואמת

Queft. 1.

WHAT is the Goodness of God? An essential Property in God, whereby we apprehend him infinitely good in himself, and to all his Creatures, Psal. cxix. 68. 1. He is' infinitely good in and of himself,

yea, Goodness it self, the Summum Bonum, Matt. xix. 17. For, 1. All desirable Perfections whatsoever are

united in him; all Things that can any way conduce to the making himself or us hap

py, Psal. cxliv. 15. Psal. xxxiv. 9. 2. Hence he is so good as to be able to satis

fy all our Desires, Psal. lxxiii. 25. Psal. iv.

6, 7. Pfal. xvi. 11. Psal. xvii. 15.
2. He is infinitely good unto all his Creatures,

Psal. cxix. 64. T7On Psal. cxlv. 9.
1. It is from him, that any of us are good, or
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holy, and conformable to bis Nature ,
Fac. i. 17

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2. It is from him that we do any Thing that

is good, i Cor. iv. 7. 3. It is from him that we have any Thing

that is good, A&ts xvii. 25.

Quest

. 2. What Use are we to make of the Goodmece of God?

1. Seeing he is so good, we must never lay

the Fault on him, nor complain of him.

He cannot be the Author of Sin. 2. Hence we should be ashamed, and afraid,

to offend him, Ifa. i. 2, 3, 3. We should put our whole Trust and Confidence on him, Psal. ix. 10. We should love him above all Things Matt. xxii 37. Which if we do, he is so good, that he will make all Things good to

us, Rom. viii, 28.
5. We should make it our Business to get his

Love and Favour, for then we shall have
all good Things, Pfal. cxlii. S. Ifa. lv. 6.

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And Trutb.

God's Mercy and Truth do ordinarily go together, Psal. xxv. 10. Psal. lvii. 3. Pfal. Ixi. 7. Pfal. lxxxvi. 15. Pfal. lxxxix. 14. Mercy and Truth meet together, Pfal. lxxxv. 10. But both by Christ, Foon i. 17.

Upon these Two all our Hopes depend.

We have no Hopes of Mercy, but from his Word; nor Certainty of his Word, but froin his Truth.

Queft. 1. What is that Truth wherein God is said toabound?

Not Metaphysical or Logical, but Moral Veracity. He is faid to be abundant in Truth; 1. Because he always thinks of, or apprehends,

every Thing as really it is, Heb. iv. 13. 2. He always speaks as he thinks, Tit. i. 2.

Heb. vi. 18. Hence whatsoever God faith in Scripture, is infallibly true, Psal. cxix. 151, 160.

All

All his Assertions. 1. Historical, howsoever miraculous. 2. Do&rina), how much soever beyond our

Thoughts and Reason, 1 Jobu v. 7. John

i. 14. 3. He always acts both as he thinks and

speaks. I. In his Predi&ions, Exod. xii. 4!. Fer. XXV. 11,

12. 2 Chron. xxxvi. 21. Ezra i. 1. Matthew

V. 18. 2. In his Threatnings, Gen. vi. 7. Matt. xxiv.2. 3.

In his Promises, Gen. iii. 15. cap. xlix, 10.
Dan. ix. 24.

Queft. 2. What Use is to be made of this? 1. It should confirm our Faith in all the Arti

cles of the Christian Religion, 1 John v. 10. 2. Make us afraid of Sin, because all God's

Threatnings againft us will most certainly

be executed, unless we repent, Luke xiii. 3. 3.

Make us trust and confide more firmly in the Promises of God, Heb. xiii. 5, 6. Matt. vii. 7. Ifa. lv. 7. Matt. xi 8. Revel. ü. 21,

Exo D. xxxiy. 7:
Keeping Mercy for Thousands.

as after is_mention of ,נוצר חסד לאלפים

I.

Or Thousands of persons, Apoc. vii. 49. 2: To Thousands of Generations.

, Three or Four Generations : Whence R. Sal.observes, God's Mercy is represented as Five Hundred times greater than his Severity ; for this is but Four, that for Two thousand Generations at leaft.

Forgiving Iniquity, Tranfgression and Sin, nini yuan ly nu, 1. Perverseness, 2. Rebellion, as Isa. i. 2. NUN, Mistake, or Error.

Queft. 1. What is Sin? 'Arquíd, 1 Joh. iii. 4. In it is, 1. A Contrariety to God's Law, whereby it

leaves a Blot on the Soul. 2. An Offensiveness to his Majesty, Psal, cvi.

29. 3. Hence it deserves Death, Rom. vi. 23. 4. Whereby every Sinner is obliged to suffer

Death, Rom. iii. 19.
Quest

. 2. What is Forgiveness of Sin? A Discharging us from our Guilt or Obligaçion to Punishment, 2 Sam. ii. 13. 3. God only can pardon Sin: Because it is

done against him, Pfal. liii. 4.

2. He

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