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suredly find mercy, and remission at the throne of grace, through the prevailing intercession of our great High Priest, who ever pleads the merits of his own atoning sacrifice for all, for the chief of sinners, who come to him with faith, contrition, and a sincere desire to be delivered from the dominion, as well as from the punishment of sin. It is necessary, also, to discriminate between sins which are mortal and sins which are venial; that is, between those which grieve and quench the Spirit bestowed on regeneration, and, if not repented of, subject the offender to eternal punishment, and those which remain in the regenerate and do not cause a fall from grace. Wilful sin against faith and conscience is mortal, for in this case sin reigneth unto death;-but the guilt of original sin is remitted, and natural corruption, if it be resisted and mortified through the Spirit, is pardoned, to those who are reconciled to God by the death of his Son. If sin therefore do not reign in our bodies to fulfil the lusts of the flesh, it is venial.
1 Matt. xix. 16-19. And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit udultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. (Exod. xx. 17.) Deut. v. 21. Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour's wife, neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour's house, his field, or his man-servant, or his maid-servant, his ox, or his ass, or any thing that is his. Heb. iv. 12. For the word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Matt. v. 20-22. For I say unto you, that except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of God. Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill, shall be in danger of the judgement. But I say unto you, that whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but, whosoever shall say, Thou fool,
shall be in danger of hell-fire. Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery : but I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her, hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee; for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee, that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. Matt. xv. 18, 19. But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart, proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. Matt. v. 48. Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. 2 Cor. vii. 1. Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us eleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Jam. iv. 1–5. 8. From whence come wars and fightings among you? Come they not hence, even of your lusts which war in your members? Ye lust, and have not; ye kill, and desire to bave, and cannot obtain; ye fight, and war, and yet ye have not, because ye ask not: Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it on your lusts. Ye adulterers, and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world, is the enemy of God. Do you think that the Scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us, lusteth to envy? Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners, and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Rom. vi. 6—8. 14. 21–24. Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with
him. For sin shall not have dominion over you for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Tim. vi. 9, 10. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some have coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. Acts xx. 33-35. I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel. Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give, than to receive.
Psal. cxix. 36. Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness. Eccles. ii. 26. For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight, wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity, and vexation of spirit. Deut. xi. 13, 14, 15. And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments, which I command you this day, to love the Lord your God, and to serve him with all your heart, and with all your soul; That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain, and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil. And I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle, that thou mayest eat and be full. Psal.
xxxvii. 3. Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily, thou shalt be fed. Jam. iv. 7. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Heb. xii. 9, 10. Furthermore, we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection to the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he, for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. 1 Cor. ix. 27. But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a eastaway. Jam. i. 13, 14. Let no man say when he is tempted, he is tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man. But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust and enticed. 1 Cor. x. 13. There hath no temptation taken you, but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. Phil. iv. 5. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Rom. xiii. 14. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. 1 Tim. v. 8. But if any provide not for his own and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. Prov. xx. 7. The just man walketh in his integrity; his children are blessed after him. Isai. xxvi. 7. The way of the just is uprightness; thou, most upright, doest weigh the path of the just. Matt. vi. 25-34. Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, saying, What shall we eat, or What shall we drink, or Wherewithal shall we be clothed? Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add