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15. Are the wicked happy?
The wicked are like the troubled sea when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, my God, to the wicked. (57 Is. 20, 21.)
17. Will sin be certainly discovered?
Be sure your sin will find you out. (32 Num. 23.)
18. Does God observe our most secret sins?
Thou hast set our iniquities before thee: our secret sins in the light of thy countenance. (90 P.8.)
19. Is sin the transgression of God's law?
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law, for sin is the transgression of the law. (I. Jn. 3.4.)
20. What sentence does God's holy law pass against sin? The soul that sinneth, it shall die. (18 Ezk.4 and 20.) Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. (3 Gal. 10.) 21. In what situation does the holy law of God place every sinner?
That every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. (3 Rom. 19.)
22. Is the true penitent desirous of acknowledging his sins? How many are mine iniquities and sins! Make me to know my transgression and my sin. (13 Job 23.)
23. How do those act who deny or conceal their sins?
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (I. Jn. 1.8, 9, 10.)
He that covereth his sins shall not prosper; but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy. (28. Pr. 13.) 24. How did Job acknowledge his sinfulness?
If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me : if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse. (9 Job 20.) Behold, I am vile: what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth. (40 Job 4.)
25. How did David confess his sins?
I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid: I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord: and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. (32 P.5.)
26. What did Daniel confess?
O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee; but unto us shame and confusion of faces. (9 Dan. 7.)
27. Does sin separate between God and man?
Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: but your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. (59 Is. 1, 2.)
VII. OF THE PARDON OF SIN.-THE ATONEMENT OF CHRIST.-REPENT
Mercy undeserved-We are unable to save ourselves-God willing to save-Christ and his atonement-Repentance -The pardoned Penitent blessed.
1. Has God treated us as our sins have deserved?
He hath not dealt with us after our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquity. (103 P. 10.)
If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. (130 P.3, 4.)
2. Can our own works save us?
By the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight. (3 Ro. 20.)
Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began; but is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, (II Tim. 1.9, 10.)
3. Are we all of ourselves spiritually dead?
The love of Christ constraineth us, because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead. (II Cor. 5. 14.)
4. Whom did Christ come to save?
The Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. (19 Lk. 10.)
They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (2 Mr. 17.)
5. Are we every moment dependant on God's mercy ? It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not: they are new every morning. Great is thy faithfulness. (3 Lam. 22, 23.)
To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him. (9 Dan. 9.)
6. Is "God our Saviour" willing to pardon sinners? Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. (I Tim. 2. 4.)
We trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe. (1 Tim. 4.10.)
7. Does God graciously invite sinners to seck his mercy? Ho! every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters; and he that hath no money, come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. (55 Isa. 1.)
Seek ye the Lord while he may be found; call ye upon him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts, and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. (55 Is. 6, 7.)
8. What has Christ said to encourage us to come to him? All that the Father giveth me, shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. (6 Jn. 37.)
9. How did Zechariah prophesy of Christ?
In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness. (13 Zech. 1.)
10. What did Isaiah say of the atonement of Christ?
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. (53 Isa. 6.)
11. For what purpose did Christ come into the world?
This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. (I. Tim. 1. 15.)
12. Did Christ declare that he alone could save?
I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me. (14 Jn. 6.)
13. Why did Christ offer himself as a sacrifice?
He appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many. (9 Heb. 26,28.)
14. How are sinners redeemed from the curse of God's holy law?
Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us. (3 Gal. 13.)
15. What blessings flow from the atonement of Christ? God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them. (II. Cor. 5. 19.)
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace. (1 Eph.7.)
16. Why is the love of God to us so peculiar and exalted? God commendeth his love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (5 Ro. 8.)
17. Why did the holy Jesus suffer for guilty sinners? Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God. (I. Pet. 3. 18.)
18. Does the blood of Christ cleanse as well as pardon? The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. (I. Ju. 1. 7.)
19. Is there any escape for those who despise the mercy of Christ?
How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation? (2 Heb. 3.)
20. What effect does godly sorrow produce?
Godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation, not to be repented of. (II. Cor. 7. 10.)
21. Must the heart of the penitent be deeply affected? Rend your heart and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God. (2 Joel, 13.)
22. Do the angels rejoice over a returning sinner?
There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. (15 Lk. 10.)
23. What are suitable prayers for such sinners as we are? Lord, save us: we perish. (8 Matt.25.)
God be merciful to me a sinner. (18 Lk. 13.)
24. How did the Psalmist pray for the pardon of his sins? Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness; according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions; and my sin is ever before me. (51 P. 1, 2, 3.)
25. Is the pardoned sinner blessed?
Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile. (32 P. 1,2.)