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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.
of Repentance, that so we may escape Pu-
upon our Repentance he doth
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.
one another, as he is to you, Col. jii, 12.
E XO D. xxxiv. 6.
רב חסד ואמת
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.
Psal. cxix. 64. T7On Psal. cxlv. 9.
is good, i Cor. iv. 7. 3. It is from him that we have any Thing
that is good, A&ts xvii. 25.
. 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.
Love and Favour, for then we shall have
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 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.
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:
as after is_mention of ,נוצר חסד לאלפים
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.
. 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.