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warned, and in keeping of them man's blood upon us. Then Peter there is great reward.
and the other Apostles answered 119:9. Wherewithal shall a young and said, We ought to obey God man cleanse his way? By taking rather than men. The God of our heed thereto, according to thy word. fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye
- 71. It is good for me that I have slew and hanged on a tree : him been afflicted, that I might learn hath God exalted with his right'hand thy statutes. - 93. I will never for- to be a Prince and a Savior, for to get thy precepts, for with them give repentance to Israel, and forthou hast quickened me. 101. I giveness of sins. And we are his have refrained my feet from every witnesses of these things; and so is evil way, that I may keep thy worri. also the Holy Ghost, whom God - 104. Through thy precepts I get hath given to them that obey him. understanding. Therefore I hate When they heard that, they were every false way. – 130. The en- cut to the heart, and took counsel to trance of thy word giveth light, it slay them. giveth understanding to the simple.
Acts 17: 30. God now command(See “Means of Grace.” p. 131.)
eth all men everywhere to repent.
Because he hath appointed a day in III. Inducements.
which he will judge the world in
righteousness, by that man whom Mat. 10: 26. There is nothing he hath ordained. covered that shall not be revealed, James 4: 13. Go to, now, ye that and hid that shall not be known. say, To-day or to-morrow we will
21:42. Watch therefore ; for ye go into such a city, and continue a know not what hour your Lord doth year, and buy and sell and get gain : come. But know this, that if the whereas ye know not what shall be good man of the house had known on the morrow. For what is your in what watch the thief would come, life? It is even a vapor, that aphe would have watched, and would peareth for a little time, and then not have suffered his house to be vanisheth away. broken up. Therefore be ye also | (See “Goodness of God,” p. 29, and ready : for in such an hour as" ye
• Future Slate.”) think not, the Son of man comcth. Who then is a faithful and wise servált, whom his Lord hath made ruler over his household, to give § 4. REPENTANCE ILLUSTRATED. them meat in due season ? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord, when I. Instances of Penitence. he cometh, shall find so doing. Verily, I say unto you, That he shall Judges 3: 9. And when the chilmake him ruler over all his goods. dren of Israel cried unto the Lord, But and if that evil servant shall say the Lord raised up a deliverer to in his heart, My lord delayeth his the children of Israel, who delivered coming; and shall begin to smite them, even Othniel the son of Kehis fellow-servants, and to eat and naz, Caleb’s younger brother. – 12. drink with the drunken ; the lord of And the children of Israel did evil that servant shall come in a day again in the sight of the Lord: and when he looketh not for him, and in the LORD strengthened Eglon, the an hour that he is not aware of, and king of Moab, against Israel, because shall cut him asunder, and appoint they had done evil in the sight of him his portion with the hypocrites; the LORD. And he gathered unto there shall be weeping and gnashing him the children of Ammon and of teeth.
Amalek, and went and smote Israel, Acts 5: 27. And when they had and possessed the city of palm-trees. brought them, they set them before So the children of Israel served Egthe council : and the high priest lon, the king of Moab, eighteen years. asked them, saying, Did not we But when the children of Israel cristrailly commaud you, that ye should ed unto the Lord, the Lord raised not teach in this name? and behold, them up a deliverer. ye have filled Jerusalem with your 10: 10. And the children of Israel doctrine, and intend to bring this I cried unto the LORD, saying, we have
sinned against thee, both because we ment: and those that walk in pride have forsaken our God, and also serv- he is able to abase. ed Baalim. And the Lord said unto LUKE 19: 8. And Zaccheus stood, the children of Israel, Did not I de- and said unto the Lord, Behold, liver you from the Egyptians, and Lord, the half of my goods I give to from the Amorites, from the chil- the poor; and if I have taken any dren of Ammon, and from the Phi- thing from any man by false accusalistines ? The Zidonians also, and tion, I restore him fourfold. And the Amalekites, and the Maonites Jesus said unto him, This day is did oppress you ; and ye cried to me, salvation come to this house, forasand I delivered you out of their much as he also is a son of Abraham. hand. Yet ye have forsaken me, and for the Son of man is come to seek served other gods: wherefore I will and to save that which was lost. deliver. you no more. Go and cry 23: 39. And one of the malefacunto the gods which ye have chosen ; tors, which were hanged, railed on let them deliver you in the time of him, saying, If thou be Christ, save your tribulation. And the children thyself and us. But the other answerof Israel said unto the Lord, We ing, rebuked him, saying, dost not have sinned: do thou unto us what thou fear God, seeing thou art in the soever seemeth good unto thee ; de- same condemnation ? And we indeed liver us only, we pray thee, this day. justly ; for we receive the due reAnd they put away the strange gods ward of our deeds : but this man from among them, and served the hath done nothing amiss. And he Lord: and his soul was grieved for said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me the misery of Israel.
when thou comest into thy kingdom.
And Jesus said unto him, Verily, I T 1 Sam. 12:9. And when they for- say unto thee, to-day shalt thou be gat the Lord their God, he sold with me in paradise. them into the hand of Sisera, captain of the host of Hazor, and into the | Acts 9:1. And Saul, yet breathhand of the Philistines, and into the ing out threatenings and slaughter hand of the king of Moab, and they against the disciples of the Lord, fought against them. And they cried went unto the high-priest, and desired unto the Lord, and said, we have of him letters to Damascus to the synsinned, because we have forsaken agogues, that if he found any of this the LORD, and have served Baalim way, whether they were men or woand Ashtaroth ; but now deliver us men, he might bring them bound out of the hand of our enemies, and unto Jerusalem. And as he journeywe will serve thee. And the LORD ed, he came near Damascus; and sudsent Jerubbaal, and Bedan, and Jep- denly there shined round about him a thah, and Samuel, and delivered you light from heaven: and he fell to the out of the hand of your enemies on earth, and heard a voice saying unto every side, and ye dwelled safe. him, Saul ! Saul ! why persecutest
2 Chron. 15: 4. When they in thou me? And he said, Who art their trouble did turn unto the LORD thou, Lord ? And the Lord said, I God of Israel, and sought him, he am Jesus whom thou persecutest. was found of them.
It is hard for thee to kick against Dan. 4: 30. The king spake and the pricks. And he trembling, and said, Is not this great Babylon that I ' astonished, said, Lord, what wilt have builded, for the house of the thou have me to do ? And the Lord kingdom, by the might of my power, said unto him, Arise, and go into and for the glory of my majesty ? - the city, and it shall be told thee 33. And he was driven froin men, what thou must do. And the men and did eat grass as oxen.
which journeyed with him stood And at the end of the days, I, Ne- speechless, hearing a voice, but seebuchadnezzar, lift up mine eyes un- ing no man. And Saul arose from to heaven, and mine understanding the earth ; and when his eyes were returned unto me, and I blessed the opened, he saw no man: but they Most High. — 37. Now I, Nebu- led him by the hand, and brought chadnezzar, praise, and extol, and him into Damascus, and he was honor the King of heaven, all whose three days without sight, and neiworks are truth, and his ways judg- | ther did eat nor drink.
16: 29. He came trembling and within me, and the terrors of death fell down before Paul and Silas, and are fallen upon me: fearfulness and brought them out and said, Sirs, trembling are come upon me, and what must I do to be saved ? — 33. horror hath overwhelmed me. And he took them the same hour of 130: 3. If thou, LORD, shouldst the night, ... and was baptized, he mark iniquities, O LORD, who shall and all his.
stand! 2 Sam. 12: 5. And David's anger 139:1. O LORD, thou hast searchwas greatly kindled against the man, ed me and known me
- Thou unand he said to Nathan, as the Lord derstandest my thoughts afar off. liveth, the man that has done this There is not a word in my tongue thing shall surely die. And he shall but, O Lord, thou knowest it altorestore the lamb fourfold, because gether. ... Whither shall I go from he did this thing, and because he thy Spirit, and whither shall. I flee had no pity.
from thy presence? If I ascend And Nathan said unto David, into heaven, thou art there. If I Thou art the man. Thus saith the make my bed in hell, behold thou LORD God, I anointed thee king art there. If I take the wings of over Israel, and I delivered thee out the morning, and dwell in the utterof the hand of Saul: and I gave thee most parts of the earth, even there thy master's house, and thy muster's shall thy hand lead me.... If I say, wives into thy bosom, and gave thee Surely darkness shall cover me; the house of Israel and Judah, ... even the night shall be light about wherefore hast thou despised the Yea, the darkness hideth not commandment of the Lord to do from thee, but the light shineth as evil in his sight ? - 13. And David the day. The darkness and the said unto Nathan, I have sinned light are both alike unto thee. against the Lord. And Nathan said Prov. 5: 12. How have I hated unto David, God hath also put away
instruction, and my heart despised thy sin. Thou shalt not die ; how- reproof. I have not obeyed the beit because by this thou hast given voice of my teachers, nor inclined great occasion to the enemies of the mine ear unto them that instructed LORD to blaspheme, the child that is born unto thee shall surely die.
LAM. 3: 2. He hath brought me
into darkness, but not into light... II. The Convicted Sinner. He set me in dark places. ... Also
when I cry and shout, he shutteth JOB 6 : 4. The arrows of the out my prayer. – 12. He hath bent Almighty are in me, the poison his bow and set me as a mark for whereof drinketh up my spirit.
He hath filled me The terrors of the LORD do set with bitterness. - 18. And I said, theniselves in array against me.
My strength and my hope is perished 7: 20. I have sinned, what shall from the LORD. - 21. This I recall I do unto thee, O thou preserver of to my mind; therefore have I hope ; men !- 18. When I say, My bed it is of the Lord's mercies that we shall comfort me, there thou scarest are not consumed ; because his comme with dreams and terrifiest me passions fail not. ... The LORD is through visions, so that my soul iny portion, saith my soul, therefore chooseth strangling and death, rather will I trust in him.. than life.
LUKE 5: 8. When Simon Peter Ps. 38: 1. O Lord rebuke me not saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, in thy wrath ; neither chasten me in saying, Depart from me, for I am a thy sore displeasure ; for thine sinful man, O Lord. arrows stick fast in me; and thy hand presseth me sore: there is no 1 Gen. 42:21. And they said, one soundness in my flesh, because of to another, we are verily guilty conthine anger; neither is there any cerning our brother, in that we saw rest in my bones, because of my the anguish of his soul, when he sin ; for mine iniquities have gone besought us, and we would not over my head, as an heavy burthen; hear ; therefore is this distress come they are too heavy for me.
upon us. 55: 4. My heart is sore pained 44: 16. And Judah said, What
shall we say unto my lord? What servants of my father's have bread shall we speak? Or how shall we enough and to spare, and I perish clear ourselves? God hath found with hunger! I will arise and go out the iniquity of thy servants. to my father, and will say unto him,
And Joseph said unto his brethren, Father, I have sioned against heavI am Joseph; doch my father yet en and before thee, and am no more live? And his brethren could not | worthy to be called thy son ; make answer him, for they were troubled me as one of thy hired servants. at his presence.
And he arose and came to his father. Ps. 77: 3. I remembered God, But when he was yet a great way and was troubled.
off, his father saw him, and had
compassion, and ran and fell on his II. Language of the Penitent. neck and kissed him. And the son
said unto him, Father, I have sinned Ps. 51: 1. Have mercy upon me, against heaven and in thy sight, and O God, according to thy loving am no more worthy to be called thy kindness, according unto the mul- son.... But the father said to his titude of thy tender mercies, blot servants, Bring forth the best robe out my transgressions; wash me and put it on him, and put a ring on thoroughly from my iniquity, and his hand, and shoes on his feet; cleanse me from my sin ; for I ac- and bring hither the fatted calf and knowledge my transgression, and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; my sin is ever before me. Against for this my son was dead and is thee, thee only, have I sinned, and alive again; he was lost and is found. done this evil in thy sight. ... Cre- 18: 13. The publican, standing ate in me a clean heart, and renew afar off, would not lift up so much a right spirit within me.
as his eyes to heaven, but smote not away from thy presence, and upon his breast, saying, God be take not thy Holy Spirit from me. merciful to me a sinner.
LAN. 3: 40. Let us search and Ps. 69: 1. Suve me, O God, for try our ways, and turn again to the the waters are come in unto my LORD. Let us lift up our heart with i soul. I sink in deep mire, where our hands to God in the heavens. there is no standing. I am come We have transgressed and have into deep waters, where the floods rebelled. Mine eye runneth down overflow me. with rivers of water for the destruction of the daughter of iny people.
IV. The Convert. Mine eye trickleth down and ceaseth not, without any intermission, till Ps. 116: 1. I love the Lord bethe LORD look down and behold cause he hath heard my voice and from heaven.
my supplication ; because he hath Jonah 1: 15. So they took up inclined his ear unto me and heard Jonah and cast him forth into the me, therefore will I call upon him sea, and the sea ceased from her as long as I live. The sorrows of raging.
death compassed me,
and the pains 2: 1. Then Jonah prayed upto of hell gat hold upon me. I found the LORD out of the fish’s belly, and trouble and anguish. Then called said, I cried by reason of mine I upon the name of the Lord. O affliction unto the Lord and he LORD, I beseech thee deliver my heard me.... I said I am cast out soul.... Return unto thy rest, O of thy sight; yet I will look again my soul; for the Lord hath dealt toward thy holy temple. – 7. When bountifully with thee. ... What shall niy soul fainted within me I remem- | I render unto the Lord for all his bered the LORD. – 9. I will sacri- benefits towards me? I will take fice unto thee with the voice of the cup of salvation and call on the thanksgiving ; I will pay that, that name of the LORD. I have vowed. Salvation is of the Isa. 12: 1. O Lord, I will praise LORD! And the LORD spake unto thee; though thou
wast angry the fish, and it vomited up Jonah with me, thine anger is turned upon dry land.
away, and thou comfortedst me. BeLuke 15: 17. And when he came hold God is my salvation, I will to bimself, he said,“How many hired trust and not be afraid : for the
LORD, Jehovah, is my strength and my song: he also is become my sal
CHAPTER II. vation ... Praise the Lord; call upon his name; declare his doings among the people ; make mention that his name is exalted. Sing
§ 1. FAITH REQUIRED. unto the Lord, for he hath done excellent things : this is known in all John 3: 24. If ye believe not that the earth. Cry out and shout, thou I am be, ye shall die in your sins. inhabitant of Zion, for great is the Rom. 14: 23. Whatsoever is not Holy One of Israel in the midst of of faith is sin. thee.
2 Thes. 2: 10. They received not 38 : 17. Behold for peace I had the love of the truth, that they might great bitterness; but thou hast, in be saved. For this cause God shall love to my soul, delivered it from send then strong delusions, that they the pit of corruption : for thou hast should believe a lie, that they all cast all my sin behind thy back... might be damned, who believe not The Lord was ready to save me. the truth, but had pleasure in un
44 : 22. I have blotted out as a righteousness. thick cloud thy transgressions, and Heb. 4: 2. The word preached as a cloud thy sins. Return unto
did not profit them, not being mixed me, for I have redeemed thee. Sing, with faith in theni il:at heard it. Oye heavens, for the Lord hath
10: 38. The just shall live by done it. Shout, ye lower parts of faith ; but if any man draw back, my the earth : break forth into sing- soul shall have no pleasure in him. ing, ye mountains; the forest, and
But we are not of them that draw every tree therein.
back unto perdition, but of them that 61 : 10. I will greatly rejoice in believe, to the saving of the soul. the Lord; my soul shall be joyful Rev. 21:8. The fearful and unin my God; for he hath clothed me believing...shall have their part in with the garments of salvation; he the lake that burneth with fire and hath covered me with the robe of brimstone, which is the second death. righteousness, as a bridegroom deck- MARK 16: 16. He that believeth eth himself with ornaments, and a and is baptized shall be saved : he bride adorneth herself with her that believeth not shall be damned. jewels.
John 1: 12. But as many as reIsa. 12: 1. O Lord, I will praise ceived hiin, to them gave he power thee : though thou wast angry with to become the sons of God, even to me, thine anger is turned away, and them that believe on his name : thou comfortedst me. Behold, God which were born, not of blood, nor is my salvation ; I will trust, and not of the will of the flesh, nor of the be afraid : for the LORD JEHOVAH is
will of man, but of God. my strength and my song; he also 3: 36. that believeth on the is become my salvation. Therefore Son hath everlasting life : and he with joy shall ye draw water out of that believeth not the Son shall not the wells of salvation. And in that
see life ; but the wrath of God abidday shall ye say, Praise the LORD, eth on him. call upon his name, declare his do
5: 24. He that heareth my word, ings among the people, make men- and believeth on himn that sent me, tion that his name is exalted. Sing hath everlasting life ; and shall not unto the Lord; for he hath done come into condemnation, but is passexcellent things : this is known in alled from death unto life. the earth. Cry out and shout, thou 6 : 27. Labor not for the meat inhabitant of Zion; for great is the which perisheth, but for that meat Holy One of Israel in the midst of which endureth unto everlasting thee."
life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. Then said they unto him, what shall we do, that we might work the works of God ? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye