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son and condition of the Psalmist the case of a soul in

tangled, and ready to be overwhelmed with the guilt ch of fin, relieved by a discovery of grace and forgiveW

ness in God, with its deportment upon a participation of that relief. After the exposition of the words of the text, my design and endeavour hạıb been only to en

large the portraiture here given us in the Pfalm, of a od believing soul in and under the condition mentioned ; to if

render the lines of it more visible, and to make the chafacter given in its description more legible; and withal to give unto others, in the like condition with the Psalmist, a light to understand and discern themselves in that image and representation, which is here made of them in the person of another. To this end have I been forced to enlarge on the two great heads of Sin

and Grace ; especially on the latter here called the ire

forgiveness that is with God. An interest herein, a parJue

ticipation hereof, being our principal concernment in this world, and the sole foundation of all our expectations of a blessed portion in that which is to come, it certainly requires the best and utmost of our endeavours, as to look into the nature, causes, and effects of it, so especially into the ways and means whereby we may be made partakers of it; and how that participation may

be secured unto us unto our peace and consolation; as also in that love, that holiness, that obedience, that fruitfulness in good works, which on the account of

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of this grace, God expecteth from us, and requireth at our hands. An explication of these thiags is that which I have designed to ensue and follow after in these discourses, and that with a constant eye, ás op the one hand to the sole rule and standard of truth, the facred scriptures, especially that part of it which is under peculiar consideration; so on the other to the experience and service unto the edification of them that do believe, whose spiritual benefit and advantage, without any other consideration in the world, is aimed at in the publishing of them.

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Three Observations made from this Verse

No approaching unto God without a discovery of For-

giveness

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Forgiveness a great Mystery

Testimony of a natural conscience againit the Forgive-

ness of Sin

Testimony of the Law against the Forgiveness of Sin

Falfe Prefumptions of Forgiveness

88

The true Nature of Gospel-Forgiveness

96

Forgiveness as it relates to the Nature of God

98

as it relates to the free Acts of his Will

100

as it hath respect to the Blood of Christ 106

as it relates to the promise

108

What Faith respects in Forgiveness

110

Forgiveness discovered to Faith alone

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Reasons thereof

ib.

Particular Assurance attainable

119

Duty of Believers, to endeavour after an Afurance of

personal Interest in Forgivenefs

117

Causes and Effects of Assurance

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Saving Faith where there is no Assurance

119

Discovery of Forgiveness a great Supportment to Sin-

entangled Souls

121

Effects of the Discovery of Forgiveness in God

124

Means whereby a Discovery of Forgiveness yields Sup-

125

Abiding with God, wherein it conlisteth

128

Waiting on God from a Discovery of Forgiveness 130

Discovery of Forgiveness prepares the Soul to receive it 132

Vain pretences of Faith discovered

134

Effential properties of God's Nature, how made known 136

Free Acts of God's Will, how they are made known

137

Forgiveness not revealed by the Work of Providence

about the first Sin

140

Forgiveness discovered in the first Promise

144

Sacrifices an Evidence of Forgiveness

146

Forgiveness with God, manifested by his Prescription of

Repentance

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Confirmation of the Truth of Forgiveness necessary

Necessity of producing Arguments to prove Forgiveness 156

Some Sinners actually pardoned and accepted with God 158

Patience of God towards the World, an Evidence of

Forgiveness

164

Experience of the Saints giving Testimony to Forgiveness 170

The Evidence that is in Spiritual Forgiveness

172

Religious Worship of Sinners an Evidence of Forgive-

ness with God

182

Especial Ordinances evidencing Forgiveness

188

Prayer for the Pardon of Sin commanded

194

Forgiveness manifested in the New Covenant

196

Nature, Use, and Ends of the first Covenant

198

Reason of Alteration of the first Covenant

200

Forgiveness confirmed by the Oath of God.

Name of God

206

Attributes of God's Nature manifesting Forgiveness 212

What it is to give Glory to God

213

Glory arising to God by Forgiveness

217

Forgiveness manifested in the Death of Christ

Our Obligations to mutual Forgiveness proves Forgive.

ness in God

129

Properties of Divine Forgiveness

234

Forgivenels believed by few

243

Exhortations unto Believing

257

Terms of Peace with God equal and holy

270

Certainty of the final Ruin of them who Believe not ib.

Exhortation to Believing enforced

234

Rules to be observed by them who would come to Sta-

bility in Obedience

283

Christ the only Judge of our Spiritual condition

Self-Condemnation consistent with Gospel-Justification

and Peace

291

Gospel- Assurance wherein it confifteth

292

Sense of Sin consistent with Assurance

293

Sorrow of Sin congstent with Assurance

294

Sense of the Power of Sin consistent with Affurance 296

Fears and Temptations consistent with Affurance

ib.'

The Nature and Effects of Gospel. Assurance in Believers 297

Waiting necessary to obtain Peace

300

Search of Sin neceffary to Consolation

303

Unbeliet and Jealousy distinguished

their different Effects

309

Differences between Faith and Spiritual Sense

311

Spiritual Sense, wherein it confifts

313

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