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6. The watroubledneffe of their Coahju pardon, or no ? Has God in che Scripcures de antroubledneß of Conscience is not an clared he will pardon fin to any chat go op io cheir ariles from ignorance, fecurity, feeport Touls to Christ for pardon and Grace? Buc poffof a fafe condicion. Some peace of C fins, chat repent not of them, nor betake their ford a man course. To be like Forah, ready to be hearts, and hope to be sav'd by him. But alas ! and get fat asleep. Bue aory the place how miferably do many delude themselves both Conscience usually followes upon builoson the nature of Repentance and Faith? never forrow for fin, and closing with Christ, lightly understanding what a repenting frame of fogning the font. w to him for pardon a heart means, nor what it is savingly to beleeve in the flombring Conscience of a wicked mas since and again those two Chapters concerning Re

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bly most ancient people will here tell me, they

ustroubled Conference is de repent, they do believe on Chrif with all their

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pentance and Faith (which are the second and third in this part of the Treatise ) and to exa

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this life, if they have no other evidence of God's favour.

8. God is merciful and ready ta pardon. 'Tis true, the King of Heaven is a merciful King, para doning iniquity, transgression and firs. But upon what terms hach he promised pardon to sinners for our hope of pardon must have some promise in the Word for its bottom and foundation, or else we do buc meerly. delude our felves. And we mult also know, that God is juft, as well as merciful, and his threainings are the object of our Faith, is well as his promises. Try your hopes therefore, Before you trust them. Examine and prove whe- , her you are such to whom God hath promised bardon, or no ? Has God in the Scriptures delared he will pardon fin to any that go on io their ins, that repent not of them, nor betake tbeir ouls to Christ for pardon and Grace? Buc poffily most ancient people will here cell me, they a repent, they do believe on Chrift with all their earts, and hope to be fav’d by him. But alas ! ow miferably do many delude themselves both

the nature of Repentance and Faith? never ghtly understanding what a repenting frame of eart means, nor whac ic is savingly to beleeve in brift. I desire them therefore to read over "sce and again those two Chapters concerning Reentance and Faith (which are the second and wird in this part of the Treatise ). and co exabine themselves chereby; chat so they may noc

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Of the Duties of the oldest Chap. 18. Of the Duties of tbeold. when indeed they are mor. And lety, (though it may trouble and vex him ác think they are true penitents, and tell molt part of the day been travelling out of his deceiving foundations as these nom mezirk Jet chere is ño remedy for it, he must enquire heed of building their hopes of Hennes length to understand his erroør and wandring)

and labour to get into the right way at last. Leo old persons consider, knowledge they must have, or chey will die in a fad condicion : And therefore let them not stand upon ,

their terms and think instruction only belongs to young people. If the old be ignorant, the old mustb: instructo

their interest in Christ. They wed, or they will die in their fins. And there

fore it willbe wisdom in all'ancient people to af

VI. Anciens persons should neden that yet remaines unto them, for ikare of their salvation. They have buralain ftay here, and chey have a great dealing to retract the foss of a long lite

, so rent themselves with a liccle formally the performance of fome few religia nefles, and the carts of this lite eft their foules, and daily grow both in knowtoo many old people are apt to do, Tu Jociate themselves with the most knowing and exo rid themselves of worldly employees. they can ) chat fo chey may to bestow upon their foules, Beranda:

perienced Chriftians, tħat they may thereby be

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ledge and Grace VIII

. They should study to bring much honour

1 19.02.2dglory to God in their latter daies, Tic.2.1,2. were a good commodity in Hell, ifm. But fpeak thou the things which become faund Do. bought. Oh how much would che doprine. That the aged men be sober, grave, tema for a little time, wherein they might i perate; found in Faith, in Charity,

and power to recover themselves out of ful ftate? How móch then shou'd all

young
allowed us to settle the great afairs

and old, prise and improve their

before we go hence and be seen no merle, kall bring forth fruit in old age, they shall be fát

ence,

1. They should be exemplary in piety and oodnes, contrary to other trees, bringiog forth poft fruit in their old age,. Pfal.92.14. They på flourishing. They shɔuld like old Noah, be geachers of righteousneß to the younger fort,

forc, exnd best daies to God. Multitude of years should

teach

apply themse'ves to their Minister Torting them earnestly, co corsecrate their you!!

fore, they should think it nodiberita faithfull, piritual guide to be freden what they must do to be saved. It a tresh

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. length to understand his erroør and wandring ) yec there is no remedy for it, he must enquire and labour co get into the right way ac last. Let old persons consider, knowledge they mult have, or they will die in a fad condicion : And therefore let them not stand upon their terms, and think inftruction only belongs to young people. If the old be ignorant, the old must be instructo ed, or they will die in their lips. And therefore it willbe wisdom in all ancient people to afCociate themselves with the most knowing and exberienced Christians, that chey may chereby be"refit cheir soules, and daily grow both in knowedge and Grace

VIII. They should study to bring much honour nd glory to God in their latter daies, Tic.2.1,2. st peak thou the things which become found DoFrine. Tbat the aged men be fober, grave, tema rate ; found in Faith, in Charity, in pasie

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of the Duties of the old, wo Chap.18. Of the Duties of the old. 2. They should be very cbaritek if it be found in the way of righteousnefc. to the proportion of their eftates, Andre Job 32.7. I said, daies should speak, and maliwith a dying hand, D20.4.27. Wergenti Job.5.26. Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full

inde of years should teach wisdom.

age,like as a shock of Corn cometh in, in bis seas

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, a Jors by righteousnef, and thine imipretale mercy to the poor, &c

. Luke 114."

& zive almes of such things as you bece, bet all things are clean anto you. ditating on the four left things

and make it their great baling

IX. And Lastly, They hooked, o God forsake me not, &c.

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Pfal. 71.9. Call me not off in the time of old age,

forsake me not when my ftrengt bo failerk. V.18

. Now also, when I am old and gray heala 11a.46.3. Hearken unto me'o House of Facob, and

all the remnant of the House of Israel, which are born by me from the belly

, which are carried
from the womb.
V.4. And even to your old age I am he, and e-
ven to hoary hairs wil I carryyou; I have made,
and I will bear, even I will carry, and will deli-

ver you.
Job 20.11. His bones are full of the firs of his

Tic.2,1. But peak thow the things at

found Doctrine, V.2. That the aged mes be saber, som perate, found in Paith, in Charity

V.3. The aged women likemije, slut pourb, which had lie down with him in ihe

ence.

dust.

behaviour, as becometh holinell, Pfal.35.7. Remember not the fins of my youth, xor

sufers, nor given to much wine, sest

things.

my transgreffoons ; according to thy mercy remember thou me, for thy goodnesse fake, Job 13.26. Før thou writeft bitter things against

Lord.

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V.5. To be discreet, chal, keepers me, and makeft me to poffefe the iniquities of my

Sober, to love their husbands, non

children.

youth

good, obedient to their own husbams, Word of God be not blafphemed.

Sam.19.35. I am this day fourscore years old,

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