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seek yours unto us, that after we had, with wiles, robbed
separate ourselves from you, and make ourselves a several
And this is the tidings which we have heard of him, and
declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no
As the devil is darkness and lies, so is God light and
senting to wickedness in him. And the brightness of his light
And the apostles are called the light of the
are light. Ye were once darkness saith Paul; (Eph. v.) Guoll
but now light in the Lord; walk therefore as the children
saith afterwards, he that hateth his brother walketh in
By walking understand consenting, doing, and work-
ing. If then we walk in darkness, that is, consent and in light. work wickedness, and say we have fellowship with God,
we lie. For to have fellowship with him, is to know, and
consent, and profess his doctrine in our hearts. Now if
is no wship
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and truth
is not in us.
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If we think there is no sin in us, we are beguiled and He that blind, and the light of God's word is not in us, and either saith he
hath no follow sin as beasts without conscience at all; or if we sin desee the gross sins, as murder, theft, and adultery, yet we
himself. have hanged a vail of false glosses upon Moses's face, and see not the brightness of the law, how that it requireth of us, as pure an heart to God, and as great love unto our neighbours as was in our Saviour Jesus, and ceaseth not before to condemn us as sinners.
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If we knowledge our sins, he is faithful and just to
ther. orkand God,
If we confess our sins, not in the priest's ear, (though that tradition restored unto the right use were not damna
If we confess our sins to God with true faith
ble,) but in our hearts, to God, with true repentance and fast belief; then is he faithful to forgive and to purge us,
because of his merciful truth and promise. For he proand repent- mised Abraham, that in his seed all the world should be ance, blessed from the curse of sin. And hath abundantly will for give us. renewed his everlasting mercy unto us in the New Testa
ment, promising that our sins shall be forgiven us in Christ's blood, if we repent and trust thereto.
If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and
his word is not in
Allmen are sinners.
For his word testifieth agianst us, that we are all sinners, yea, and else Christ died in vain. Solomon saith, (3 Kings viii.) That there is no man that sinneth not against God. And Paul proveth by the authority of the Scripture, unto the Romans, that we are all sinners without exception. And the Scripture witnesseth that we are damnable sinners, and that our nature is to sin. Which corrupt and poisoned nature, though it be begun to be healed, yet it is never thorough whole until the hour of death. For the which cause, with all our best fruits, there grow weeds among. Neither can there be any deed so perfect that could not be amended. When a blind bungler wondereth at his glorious works, a cunning workman that hath a clear judgment, perceiveth that it is unpossible to make a work that could not be made better. Now the law requireth works of us in the highest degree of perfection, and ceaseth not to accuse us until our works flow naturally, as glorious in perfection as the works of Christ. And Christ teacheth us to pray in our pater noster, Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive our trespassers. Whereby ye may easily understand, that we sin daily one against another, and all against God. Christ taught also to pray that our Father should not let us slip into temptation; signifying that our nature cannot but sin if occasions be given, except that God of his special grace keep us back. Which
Nothing can be so well done, but it may be amando ed.
readiness to sin is damnable sin in the law of God. David prayed (Psm. Ixviii.) Let not the tempest drown me, let me not fall into the bottom, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me: as who should say, First, keep me, O God, from sinning, then if I shall chance to fall, as
All the na
ture of man no flesh can escape, one time or other, then call me shortly is sinful. back again, and let me not sink too deep therein : and though I yet fall never so deep, yet Lord let not the way of mercy be stopped : signifying that it is unpossible to stand of ourselves, and much less to rise again. Which impotency and feebleness is damnable in the law of God, except that we saw it and repented, and were fled to
Christ for mercy.
MY little children, I write these things unto you, that
ye sin not. And though any man sin, yet we have an advocate with the Father, even Jesus Christ, which is righteous.
I write unto you on the one side, that God is light, and therefore that no man which willingly walketh in the unfruitful works of darkness, hath any fellowship with that light, or part in the blood of his Son.
And this I write We must and testify unto you my dear children, that ye sin not: resist sin
with all our that is, that ye consent not unto sin, nor should sin of power and
might. lust and purpose maliciously; but contrariwise that
ye fear God, and resist sin with all your might and power according as ye have promised. For whosoever sinneth of purpose after the knowledge of truth, the same sinneth against the Holy Ghost remediless. (Heb. vi. 10.) And on the other side, I testify unto you that we be
ness of our
always sinners, though not of purpose and malice after We sin the nature of damned devils, but of infirmity and frailty daily by the frailty
of our flesh, which flesh not only letteth us that our works and wenk
cannot be perfect, but also now and then, through maniflesh. fold occasions and temptations carrieth us clean out of
the right way, spite of our hearts. Howbeit (I say) if
The name of our advocate is Jesus, that is to say, a cate Jesus. Saviour. Call his name Jesus, said the angel to Joseph;
for he shall save his people from their sins. (Matt. i.)
through him, with repentance and faith, and liveth ever to Jesus that speak for us. And besides that, our Jesus is God and is God and almighty. He took our nature upon him, and felt all our eth unto infirmities and sicknessess, and in feeling learned to have thee o
compassion on us, and for compassion cried mightily in Father,
prayers to God the Father for us, and was heard. And the
ever, and is ever heard, as oft as we call unto remem
brance with repenting faith how that it was shed for our Chri:113.
sins. He is also called Christus, that is to say, king