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SERM. XLIV. Christ, the Believer's Wisdom, Righ

teousness, Sanctification, and Redemption. i Cor. i. 3o. But of him are ye in Chrif Jesus, who of God

is made unto us, wisdom, righteousness, fanctification, and redemption, and

p. 187 SERM. XLV. The Knowledge of Jesus Christ the best

Knowledge. i Cor. ii. 2. I determined not to know any thing among you, Save . Jefus Chrif, and him crucified.

p. 203 SERM. XLVI. Of Justification by Christ.

. 16 Cok yi. It. But ye are justified. The whole verse is : And {ych were some of you; but ye are washed, but.ye are sanctified, Erine ye" are justified in the name of our Lord Jesus Chrif, and by the Spirit of cur God.

p. 214 SERM. XLVII. The great. Duty of Charity, recom

mended, a Cor. xiii. 8. Charity never faileth.

p. 227 SERM. XLVIII.: Satan's Devices. i Cor. ii. 11. Left Satan should get an advantage over us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.

P. 241 SÈRM. XLIX. On Regeneration. 2 COR. v. 17. If any man be in Christ, be is a new creature.

p. 257 SERM. L. Christians, Temples of the living God. 2 Cor. vi. 16. Ye are the Temple of the living God. p. 273 SERM. LI. Christ the only Preservative against a Re

probate Spirit. 2 Cor. xiii. 5. Know ye not your ownfelves, how that Jesus Chrif is in you, except ye be Reprobates.

P. 287 SERM. LII. The heinous Sin of Dşunkenness. EPHESIANS v. 18. Be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.

SERM. LIII. The Power of Christ's Refurređtion. PHILIP, ji. 10. That I may know him, and the power of his refurrection.

P. 317 SERM. LIV: Interceffion every Chriftian's Duty. 1 THESS. V. 25. Brethreni, pray for us.

P 331 SERM. LV. Perfecution every Chriftian's Lot. 2 Tim. iii. 12. Yea, and all that will live godly in Cbrif Hous, Mall suffer perfecution.,

P. 345 SERM. LVI. An Exhortation to the People of God oot

to be discouraged in their Way, by the Scoffs and cons

tempt of wicked Men. HEBREWS iv.,9. There remaineth therefore a reft to ibapeid

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of God.

SERM. LVII. Preached before the Governor and

Council, and the House of Assembly, in Georgia, on • January 28, 1770. Zech. iv. Io. For who hath defpifed the day of fmalt ibing

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SERMON

S E R MON XXXII.

A Penitent Heart, the best New Year's Gift.

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LUKE xiii. 3.
Exeept ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
HEN we consider how heinous and aggravating our

offences are, in the sight of a just and holy God, that they bring down his wrath upon our heads, and occasion us to live under his indignation; how ought we thereby to be deterred from evil, or at least engaged to study to repent thereof, and not commit the same again ; but man is so thoughtless of an eternal state, and has so little consideration of the welfare of his immortal soul, that he can fin without any thought that he must give an account of his actions at the day of judgment; or if he, at times, has any reflections on his behaviour, they do not drive him to true repentance : he

may, for a short time, refrain from falling into some gross fins which he had lately committed; but then, when the temptation comes again with power, he ́is carried away with the lust; and thus he goes on promising and resolving, and in breaking both his resolutions and his promises, as fast almost as he has made them. This is highly offensive to God, it is mocking of him. My brethren, when grace is given us to repent truly, we shall turn wholly unto God; and let me beseech you to repent of your sins, for the time is haftening when you

will have neither time nor call to repent; there is none in the grave, whither we are going; but do not be afraid, for God often receives the greatest finner to mercy through the merits of CHRIST Jesus, this magnifies the riches of his free grace; and should be an encouragement for you, who are great and notorious finners, to repent, for he will have mercy upon you, if you through CHRIST return unto him, A 2

St. Paul

St. Paul was an eminent instance of this; he speaks of him. self as “ the chief of finners,” and he declareth how God fhewed mercy unto him. Christ loves to thew 'mercy unto sinners, and if you repent, he will have mercy upon you, But as no word is more mistaken than that of repentance, I shall

1. Shew

you

what the nature of repentance is, 11. Consider the several parts and causes of repentance, III. I shall give you fome reasons, why repentance is neces,

sary to salvation. And IV. Exhort all of you, high and low, rich and poor, one

with another, to endeavour after repentance.

1. Repentance, my brethren, in the first place, as to its nature, is the carnal and corrupt disposition of men being changed into a renewed and sanctifed disposition. A man that has truly sepented, is truly regenerated : it is a different word for one and the same thing; the motley mixture of the beast and devil is gone ; there is, as it were, a new creation wrought in your hearts. If your repentance is true, you are renewed throughout, both in fcul and body; your understandings are enlightened with the knowledge of God, and of the LORD JESUS CHRIST; and your wills, which were stubborn, obitinate, and hated all good, are obedient and conformable to the will of God. Indeed, our deifts te'l us, that man now has a free will to do good, to love God, and to repent when he will; but indeed, there is no free will in any of you, but to fin; nay, your free-will leads you so far, that you would, if poffible, pull God from his throne. This may, perhaps, offend the Pharisees; but (it is the truth in CHRIST which I speak, I lie not) every man by his own natural will hates God; but when he is turned unto the LORD, by evangelical repentance, then his will is changed; then your consciences, now harjened and benumbed, shall be quickened and awakened; then your hard hearts shall be melted, and your unruly affections Ihall be crucified. Thus, by that repentance, the whole foul will be changed, you will bave new inclinations, new defires, and neiy habits,

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