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6. That our Sins are pardoned, and our Per-
fons juftified and accepted before God
Rom. iii. 24. Rom. v. 18, 19, 20. Tit. iii. 5,
6, 7.
7. That we perfevere to the End, and fo
at length get to Heaven, Jeremiah xxxii. 49.
Hence Heaven it felf is called Grace
1 Pet. i. 13.

Queft. 3. What Ufe are we to make of this?

1. Turn not this Grace to Wantonnefs, Jude,

V. 4i

2. Whatfoever Good you do, afcribe it to the Grace of God, I Cor. iv. 7.

3. Depend on the Grace of God for all Things referring to your everlafting Welfare, 2 Thef. ii. 16.

4. Carry your felves as thofe who are Partakers of the Grace of God, 2 Tim. ii. I,

II. Long-fuffering.

ON TX, flow to Anger, Pfal. ciii. 8. Pfal. cxlv. 8. Long-fuffering, Numb. xiv. 18. Jer. xv.

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Queft. 1. Wherefore is God faid to be long-fuffering?

1. Because he defers his Wrath, and doth not punifh us fo foon as we deserve, as in the old World, Gen. vi. 7. 1 Pet. iii. 20. And all Mankind, born in Sin, Pfal. li. 5.


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2. Because in the Midft of Judgment he remembers Mercy, and doth not punish us fo much as we deferve, Ezra ix. 13.

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3. Because he gives us the Space and Means of Repentance, that fo we may escape Punishment, 2 Pet. iii. 9. Ifa. xxx. 18,:.. Because upon our Repentance he doth not punish us at all, 2 Sam. xii. 13. Fonab iii. 10. Ezek. xviii. 30. Ifa. lv. 7.

Queft. 2. What Use are we to make of this the Long Suffering of God 31.

1. Abuse it not to the hardening your felves in Sin, Ecclef. viii. 11, 12, 13. :

2. Imitate God, in being long-fuffering to one another, as he is to you, Col. iii. 12. Eph. iv. 2. Gal. v. 22. 2 Tim. iii. 10.


Let this Long-fuffering of God lead thee to Repentance, Rom. ii. 4.


Ex O D. XXXIV. 6.

Abundant in Goodness and Truth.

רב חסר ואמת

Quest. 1. WHAT is the Goodness of God?

An effential Property in God, whereby we apprehend him infinitely good in himself, and to all his Creatures, Pfal, cxix. 68.


1. He is infinitely good in and of himself, yea, Goodness it felf, the Summum Bonum, Matt. xix. 17. For,

1. All defirable Perfections whatsoever are united in him; all Things that can any way conduce to the making himself or us happy, Pfal. cxliv. 15. Pfal. xxxiv. 9.

2. Hence he is fo good as to be able, to fatisfy all our Defires, Pfal. lxxiii. 25. Pfal. iv. 6,7. Pfal. xvi. 11. Pfal. xvii 15.

2. He is infinitely good unto all his Creatures, • Pfal. cxix. 64. 170 Pfal. cxlv. 9.

1. It is from him, that any of us are good, or holy, and conformable to his Nature Fac. i. 17:

2. It is from him that we do any Thing that is good, 1 Cor. iv. 7.

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3. It is from him that we have any Thing that is good, Acts xvii, 25.

Queft. 2. What Ufe are we to make of the Goodmefs of God?

1. See

1. Seeing he is fo 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 afhamed, and afraid, to offend him, Isa. i, 2, 3.

3. We should put our whole Truft and Confidence on him, Pfal. ix. 10.

4. We fhould love him above all Things, Matt. xxii. 37. Which if we do, he is fo good, that he will make all Things good to us, Rom. viii. 28.

5. We fhould make it our Business to get his Love and Favour, for then we shall have all good Things, Pfal. cxlii. 5. Ifa. Iv. 6.

And Truth.

God's Mercy and Truth do ordinarily go together, Pfal. XXV. 10. Pfal. lvii. 3. Pfal. Ixi. 7. Pfal. lxxxvi, 15. Pfal. Ixxxix. 14. Mercy and Truth meet together, Pfal. lxxxv. 10. But both by Christ, John 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 from his Truth.

Queft. 1. What is that Truth wherein God is faid to abound?

Not Metaphyfical 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 fpeaks as he thinks, Tit. i. 2. Heb. vi. 18.

Hence whatsoever God faith in Scripture, is infallibly true, Pfal. cxix. 151, 160.


All his Affertions.


1. Hiftorical, howfoever miraculous.

2. Doctrinal, how much foever beyond our Thoughts and Reason, 1 John v. 7. John

i. 14.

3. He always acts both as he thinks and Speaks.

1. In his Predictions, Exod. xii. 41. Jer. xXV. II, 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 Ufe is to be made of this? 1. It should confirm our Faith in all the Articles of the Christian Religion, John V. 10. 2. Make us afraid of Sin, because all God's Threatnings against us will moft certainly be executed, unless we repent, Luke xiii. 3. 3. Make us truft and confide more firmly in the Promifes of God, Heb. xiii. 5, 6. Matt. vii. 7. Ifa. lv. 7. Matt. xi. 8. Revel. ii. 21.

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