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the God that is above. This was the fin of Pharaoh; Exod. te 2. Aad Pharaoh said, Who is the Lord, that I thould obey his voice, to let Ifrael go? I know not the Lord, acither will I let ltrael go.
5. What other sin is heigous in God's account? A. The lin of idolatry is a most heidous fin, and goes Aearer to tbe heart of God than other fios do ; Ezek. vi. y. Aed chey that escape of you, shall remember me among the oations wbither they shall be carried caprives; because I am broken with their who.ith heart, wbich hath departed from me, and with their eyes, which go a whoring after their idols; and they hall loath themselves, for the evils which they have committed in all their abominations. Jer. xliv. 4. O do not this abomioable thing that I hate. Q6. What is the most heijous of all the fos in the world.?
A. The lo against the holy Ghost is the moft heinous of all other fias, aed (hall never be forgiven by him ; Matth. xü. 31. All manner of sin and blafphemy Thall be forgiven unto men ; but the blasphemy agaiolt the holy Ghost hall not be forgiven unto med.
Q. 7. From whence doth this scripture aggravate ain?
A. The Spirit of God in scriptore aggravates and estimates fia, from the degree of light and knowledge men fin agaios; Luke xii. 47. And that servant which knew his Lord's will, and prepared oot himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. Joha xv. 22. If I had not come, and spokeo unto them, they had not had fio : But dow they have no cloak for their fin.
8. What is the second thing that aggravates fin? A. The more mercies any man fios agaioft, the greater is his fin ; Rom. ii. 4. Or defpitelt thou the riches of his goodnefs, aod forbearance, and long-tufferiog, noe koowiog that the goodnels of God leadeth thee to repeataoce ? And especially when it is agaioft fpiritual mercies, and means of salvation ; Heb. i. 3. How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation ? C.
Q. 9. Are heinous and crying fins capable of forgiveness ?
A. Yes ; great and heinous fios are capable of forgiveness, upon true repeptance ; 1f1. i. 18. Though your fios be as scarlet, they shall be as whire as faow; though they be red like crimson, they fhall be as wool.
. 10. From what fountaia doth the pardon of all fios, both great and small, flow?
A. They all Aow from the free grace of God; Luke vii. af, 42. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave
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them both. And through the meritorious, fatisfying blood of Christ; Eph. i. 7. lo whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace. .
11. What is the firft inference heöce? A. Though some fios are more heinous than others, yet no finner should absolutely defpair of mercy; for the vilelt have been pardosed; i Cor. vi. 11. Aod such were some of you : But ye are warhed, but ye are fanctified, but ye are justified, &c.
Q. 12. What is the second inference hence ?
A. That there are different degrees of tormeots in hell, pro. portioned to the different degrees of fins on earth; Matth. xl. 21, 22. Wo unto thee, Chorazin, wo unto thee, Bethfaida : For if she mighty works which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented loog ago in fackcloth and alhes. But I say unto you, it shall be more tole. rable for Tyre aod Sidon, at the day of judgment, than for you.
Q. 13. What is the third inference hence ?
A. Thaç great fipoers, wheo pardoned and received to mere cy, [hould excel all others in love to Christ; Luke vii. 42, 43. Which of them will love him molt? Simon aoswered and f.id, I suppose that he to whom he forgave mort. And he said unto him, Thou hart rightly judged.
Q. 14. What is the last inference hence ?
6. Let no map neglect Christ because his fins are not so heinous as others ; because the least lio without Christ is damaing; Rom. vi. 23. For the wages of fin is death, &C. And greater sipoers are often called, when leffer are not ; Matth. xxi. 31, 32. The publicans and harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.
Of the Demerit of Sin. Quest. 84. W Hat doth every sia deserve ?
A. Every fin deserveth God's wrath and cussi, both in this life, and that which is to come.
e 1. Whereio doth the evil of sio principally consilt?
A. It coosilts principally in the offence it gives, and the wrong it doth to God; Psalm li. 4. Against thee, thee only have I finded, and done this evil.in thy sight.
2. What is the first offence and wrong sia doth to God? A. It consists in its epmity to God; Rom, viii. 7. Because the carnal miod is comity agais God, &c. Expressed in fcripture by walking contrary to him; Lev. xxvi. 40. They have al. fo walked contrary to me. Fighting agaiol God; Acts v. 39.
Left haply ye be even found to fight against God, And refifting
A. It is discovered under the games and notioos of hatred of God; Rom. i. 30. Backbiters, haters of God, &c. Rebellion agaiost God; I Sam, xv. 23. For rebellion is as the lin of witchcraft, &c. Apd despising the commandment of God; 2 Sam. xii. 9. Wherefore halt thou despised the commandment of the Lord ?
e v. What are the attributes of God that fia wrongs ?..
&. It wrongs all his attributes; for it lights his sovereignty ; Exod. v. 2. Aod Pharaoh said, Who is the Lord, that I should obey his voice, to let Israel go? Resists his power; i Cor. x. 22. Are we stronger than he ? Despiseth his goodness; Rom. 'ji. 4. Or defpitelt thou the riches of his goodoels, &c. Taxeth his justice ; Ezek. xviii. 25. Yet ye say, the way of the Lord is not equal, &C. And clouds his Holiness ; Jam. ï. 7. Do not they blafpheme that worthy name, by the which ye are called ?
Q. 5. What doth fin deserve in the course of justice from God?
A. It deserves all temporal and eternal effects of God's wrath, on the souls and bodies of fingers, all which in fcripture go under the name of death i Rom. vi. 23. For the wages of lio is death, c.
Q. 6. Cao these sufferings fatisfy God for all this wrong?
A. No, they caonot; and therefore they must, and shall be eteroal on the damned; Matth. V. 2.6. Verily, I say unto thee, thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing. Mark ix. 44. Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
l. 7. Shall all fianers bear the desert of their fins ? :
1. No; all that are out of Christ shall; but Christ hath freed believers from it ; John iii. 18. He that believeth on him, is not condemned, &c. .
e. 8. But is it not hard, that finners should suffer eternally for the sins of a few years ? *. A. No, it is not ; for the evil of sin is not to be measured by the time in which, but by the object against which it is committed; Psalm li. 4, s. Against thee, thee only have I finoed, and done this evil io thy sight, &c. : Q. . What learn we from hence ?
· A. Hence in the first place we learn the impoffibility of fatisf ying God's justice for the least fin that ever we committed; Job vii. 20. I have figned, what shall I do unto thee? Oc.
Psalm cxxx. 3. If thou, Lord, shouldft mark iniquity, OʻLord, who shall stand ?
P. 10. What is the second instruction hence ?
A. Hence we see the necessity of a Mediator betwixt God and us; Pfalm xl. 6, 7, Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire, oc. Then said I, Lo, I come : in the volume of the book it is written of me.
Q. 11. What is the third instruction hence ? '
A. That the greatest suffering is rather to be chosen than the least fio; Heb. xi. 25. Chuling rather to suffer afiction with the people of God, thad to enjoy the pleasures of lio for a seafon.
Q. 12. What is the fourth instruction hence ?
4. It teacheth us what an invaluable mercy the full, free, and fipal remission of sip is; Pfalm xxxii. 1. Blessed is he whole transgreflion is forgiven, and whose sin is covered, &c.
f. 13. What is the fifth instruction hence?.
A. It vindicates God in his severelt strokes on finners; Hor.'
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ll. What are the things required of us to escipe God's wrath and curse due to us for fio ?
A. The things required of us, are, (1.) Faith in Jesus Christ; Acts xvi. 31. And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. (2.) Repentance for fin; Acts iii. 19. Repept ye therefore, and be converted, that your fios may be blorted out, doc. (3.) Diligent striving in the use of all God's appointed meaos; Luke xiii. 24. Scrive to en ter in at the strait :gate: For many, I say unto you, shall seek to cotes in, and shall not be able.
Q. 2. Are these thiogs io man's power to perform, that God requires of him? *
A. Though they are our duties, yet we have no power in ourselves by Dature to perform them, but the power is of God; 2 Cor. iii. 5. Not that we are fufficient of ourlelves to thiok any thiog as of our felves, but our fufficiency is of God,
. 3. But if men be ip Christ, and justified from eternity, what need of this ?
A. Though God from eternity decreed, and Christ long finca purchased the salvation of the elect; yet have they do udion with Christ till they believe; Eph. iii, 17. That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith, that ye being rooted and grounded in love. Nor remifsiog of fio; Acts iji. 19. That your fios may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. But lie uoder wrath as others do; Eph. ii. 3, 12. And were by nature the children of wrath, even as others, Ver. 12, That at that time ye were without Christ, being alieps from the common wealth of Israel, and Straogers from the coreoaots of promise, having no bope, and without God in the world.
R. 4. If it be God that can only work these graces io us, to what purpose is our striving?
A. God's sworking doth not exclude man's striviog, but more excites and obliges us to it; Phil, ii. 12, 13; Work out your owo falvation with fear and trembling: For it is God which worketh in you, borh to will and to do, of his own good pleafure,
Q. 5. To what purpose is it to strive in the use of meaos, ex cepe we knew we were elected ?
A. The knowledge of our election is not antecedeot to our diligence, but our diligence is required antecedently to that knowledge ; 1 Pet. 1. 10. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election fure, &c.
e. 6. Is it agt legal to por natural mcg upon striving in the use of means ?
A. No, it is not ; for Christ himself enjoios it; Loke xiii, 24. Strive to enter in at the strait gate, &c. And fo did the apostles after him ; Acts viii. 22. Repeat therefore of this thy wickedaess, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thy heart may be forgiven thee.
7. Is there no escaping of God's wrath and curse without faith and repentance !
A. No, it is impossible to escape them; Joho jii, 18. He that believeth not, is condemned already. Heb. ii. 3. How alredominio maila
all we escape if we neglect so great falvation ?