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pediments on the finner's part that the text speaks of; therefore I confine myself to these. He saved Ifrael here, nutwithstanding dreadful fins. Read verses 6, 7. 13, 14. 16. 19, 20, 21. 24, 25. 28, 29. 32. 34. -- 39. 43. Yet nevertbeless be saved them, for bis name's fake. Did he notwithstanding all this, fave then, for his name's fake? Then, what will not he do for his name? And what may not finners expect upon this ground ?, What bar cannot God break, for his name's fake? What mountain cannot he come over, for his name's sake ? What provocation can be not overlook, for his name's fake? Let all the finners that hear this doctrine, beware of provoking God any more by their fins. When thus the saving mercy of God is proclaimed, in your ears; for, provoked mercy will turn to fearful vengeance: Damnation to eternity will be your dooin, if this offered falvation be not received: and in order to allure you to the reception and welcoming of it, I am now telling you the freedom of it, and how God can save you with an everlasting falvation, notwithstanding of the most grievous provocations that hitherto you have been guilty of, and notwithstanding of the greatest impediments that you have laid in the way. More particularly,
1. He can save for his name's fake, notwithstanding grievous guilt and heincustransgressions. Hence his name is declared to be a God pardoning iniquity, tranfgression and fin. “ Come now, and let us reason together,” says God, Ifa. i. 18. “ Though your fins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; tho they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Make not this objeclion against yourselves, in coming to a God in Chriit for salvation ; for here you see mercy courting you, notwithstanding this very objection.
2. He can save for his name's sake, notwithstanding lung continuance in fin; though you have been a tranf. gressor from the womb to this day, be it never fo long that you have been following that fearful trade of fin, yet mercy is now following you with a bow long; bow long. Many a bow long is he pursuing you with; one is, Sumb. xiv. 11..“ HOW LONG will this people provoke
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me? And now LONG will it be ere they believe me?" Another bow long is, Plalm iv. 2. " How long will ye turn my glory into shame? How long will ye love va. nity?"-Another bow long is, Prov. i. 22. “ How LONG ye simple ones, will ye love fimplicity ?"-Another is, Prov, vi. g. “ HOW LONG wilt thou sleep, 0 sluggard ? When wilt thou arise out of thy sleep ?13-A fixth bow tong is, Jer. iv, 14. “ HOW LONG fhall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee?"
3. He can save for his name's fake, notwithstanding manifold apostasies and backslidings, Jer. iv. 14. “O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayelt be saved: how long shall vain thoughts lodge within you? Turn, O backsliding children, faith the Lord, for I am married unto you,” Jer. iii. 14. And ver. 1. “ Tho' thou hast played the harlot with many lovers, yet return again unto me. Let the wicked forfake his ways, 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. Ila. lv. 5. I will heal your backslidings.”
4. He can save for his name's sake, notwithstanding of your prodigious peglect and contempt of God hitherto, See Isa. xliii. 22,--25. " But thou hast not called upon me, O Jacob; but thou haft been weary of me, O Israel; I, even I am he that blotteth out thy transgressions, for my name's fake, and will not remember thy fins.” O wonder of wonders ! that such may be saved, for his name's sake.
5. He can save for his name's fake, notwithstanding grievous, rebellious incorrigibleness and frowardness. See Ifa. lvii. 17, 18. • For the iniquity of his covetoufness was I wroth, and smote him: I hid me, and was wroth, and he went on frowardly in the way of his heart. I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him alfo, and restore comforts unto him, and to his mourners.” · 5. He can fave for his name's fake, notwithstanding outward affiliations and poor, circumstances in the world, Zeph. iii. 12. And I will also leave in the midst of tbee an afflicted and poor people, and they fall trust in the name of the Lord. If.xxvi.8. Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O Lord, have we waited for thee; the defire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee.'
Though you be an out-cast, that no body cares for you, he may fave you for his name's fake ; for, “ He gathers the out-calts of Israel," Isa. lvi. 8. .
7. He can save for his name's fake, notwithstanding bafeness, unworthiness, and pollution, for there is a foun. tain opened; Zech. xiii. 1. * In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David, and to the in. habitants of Jerusalem, for fin, and for uncleanness."
8. He can save for his name's fake, notwithstanding gross darkness and fearful ignorance : " It is written in the prophets, They shall all be taught of God," Isaiah liv. 13. John vi. 45.
9. He can save for his name's sake, notwithstanding long refusals, and resisting of many calls, and flighting many opportunities; Rom. X. 21. “ All day long I have stretched forth my hands into a disobedient and gain, faying people.” Importing, that after all thele refusals, The is yet standing with open arms to receive all comers, saying, Iboever will, let bim come.
10. He can save for his name's sake, notwithstanding of none.fuch, and unparallelled wickedness; what, if there be no finner like you, nevertheless, he can save for his name's fake; because there is no Saviour like him: if thy unbelieving heart suggests desperate thoughts, as if there were no salvation for thee, saying, Who is a finner like unto me? Let Micah vii. 18. be an answer, Wbo is a God like unto tbee, pardoning iniquity?
In a word, he can save for his name's fake, notwithstanding the greatest and highest mountains either of fin or misery, that seem to be in the way ; Zech. iv. 7. " Who art thou, O great inountain? before our Zerub. babel thou shalt become a plain.” He can save for his name's fake, notwithstanding dreadful hardness of heart, and innumerable plagues of heart, atheism, unbelief, deadness, and security; the God that works for his name's sake, can take away the heart of stone, and give the heart of flesh; and out of stones raise up children to Abraham. He can save, for his name's sake, notwithstanding of name. lefs maladies, nameless objections, that no minister in the
world can mentio:1, far leis remove : may be the ob. stacles, in the way of your salvation, are out of the fight of man, out of the fight of ministers; but they are in God's fight, and the omniscient God, that knows it, is the omnipotent God, that can remove it, and save for his name's sake. Oh! but may some poor soul think, no doubt, he can save for his name's fake; but my obje&tion is, I doubt of his will. Why, man? wherefore is God now telling you what he can do; but to remove your ill thoughts of him, and to manifest his good-will towards you ; behold, he is more willing to save, than you are willing to be saved : if it be falvation from fin, as well as salvation from hell, that you mean, then you are either unwilling to be thus saved, and so your ruin is, that you will not come to him for salvation ; or, if you be willing, you are more than welcome to him for ail the salvation he can work for you. It is his will t:) save you, notwithstanding of thousands and millions of objections in the way.
V. The Fifth thing proposed, in the general method, was, To offer fome reasons why he thus faves for his name's sake. Why?
I. He faves for his name's sake, because if he did not so, he would save none of Adam's race: the best saints on earth cannot deserve mercy; the salvation of the most righteous is an act of grace; therefore, the righteous run to his name ; and even the just must live by faith, saying, “ Tho' our iniquities testify against us, yet do thou it for thy name's fake,” Jer. xiv. 7. And, is Help us, for the glory of thy name,” Pfalm lxxix. 9. He can save none, if he did not save them for his name's sake. • 2. He saves for his name's fake, that fingers may hope in his name; that they may return to him, and call upon him for mercy; “ There is mercy and forgiveness with him, that he may be feared,” Psal. cxxx. 4. Why, say you could not God be more feared, if he had no mercy and forgiveness with him? It is true; man, in that cafe, could fear as devils do, despairingly; but not with any penitential fear; “ The goodness of God leads to
repentance,” Rom. ii. 4.' Thus God interprets his merciful providences, as a drawing with the cords of love. None could trust in his name, if he did not save for his nadie's sake.
3. He faves for his name's fake, that finners may adore his raine; that they may admire his mercy. Gud reinembers his own glory; and therefore làves for his name's fake, that men may glorify his name. O won. der-working God, that can fhew mercy, when nothing is deferved but misery ; this effect it had upon David, Pfal. viii. 1. 9. “Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all tie earth! Pralın xlviii. 10. According to thy name, O God, fo is thy praise anto the ends of the earth.”
4. He saves, for his name's lake, that linners, who will not flee to his name as a strong tower, and afterwards glorify his name, by living to his praile, may be
left inexcusable in their fins. The glory of God's juilice . will be conspicuous in those that have flighted his mer. cy; “ Behold, you despisers, and wooder, and perisn!” They that despise fuch mercy, treasure up to themselves wrath against the day of wrati, Rom. ii. 5.
5. He fares for his name's fake, becaule ii is the only fit way for us to be saved in: if God thould offer to save us for our own fakes, for our righteoufress' fake, for our duties' sake; Ol! how unfit would that be! We might think God were mocking us, because we have nothing but fin and hell about us; and our best righte. ousness deserves damnation: but when he offers falvati. on for his own name's sake, then it appears to be a fit ofer; we cannot think God is mocking us: would he thus affront hinseif, when his cun name is the ground. of faith laid bcfore us?
6. lle faves for his name's fake, because it is the only fit way for him to save us in: it is the cnly way of falvation suitable to his infinite excellency, who cannot but consult the glory of his perfections in all his works. Now, God's glory requires that no salvation thould be found but in his name. Whiy hath he told us of mercy running in the charnel of the new covenant? Why hath he told us that justice itself is drawn in to be upon the sinner's ficie, in as much as he can be justined in