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Lamb without spot, who by sacrifice of himself
away the sins of the world;" of whom only it may be truly spoken, that he did all “ things well, and in his mouth was found no craft nor subtilty.” None but he alone may say, “ The prince of the world came, and in me he hath nothing.' And he alone may also say,
" Which of you shall reprove me of any fault?”
Hom. ii. 2. He being guiltless was condemned by the judge's sentence, that he might before the heavenly judgment-seat acquit and entirely restore us that were guilty, whose cause was convicted and condemned by the judgment of God. For if he had been murdered by thieves, or slain with sword hy private men in an uproar or sedition, such death could have had no form of satisfaction and recompense. Nowell, p. 48.
. So pleasant was this sacrifice and oblation of his Son's death, which he so obediently and innocently suffered, that he would take it for the only and full amends for all the sins of the world. And such favour did he purchase by his death, of his heavenly Father, for us, that for the merit thereof, if we be true Christians indeed, and not in word only, we be now fully in God's grace again, and clearly discharged from our sin. Hom.
not be acceptable for you. Lev. for iniquity. Dan. ix. 24. Now xxii. 20. Behold the Lamb of God, once in the end of the world hath which taketh away the sin of the he appeared to put away sin by world. John i. 29. Redeemed the sacrifice of himself.--Christ with the precious blood of Christ, was once offered to bear the sins as of a lamb without blemish and of many. Heh, ix. 26, 28. Christ without spot. 1 Pet. i. 19. Judas hath once suffered for sins, the just said, I have sinned in that I for the unjust, that he might bring have betrayed the innocent blood. us to God, being put to death in Matt. xxvii. 4. Pilate took water, the flesh. 1 Pet. iii. 18. You hath and washed his hands before thé he reconciled in the body of his multitude, saying, I am innocent of flesh through death. Col. i. 21, 22. the blood of this just person :
Christ gave himself for us an offerye to it. Matt. xxvii. 24. Pilate ing and a sacrifice to God. Eph. said unto them the third time, v. 2.
Who his own self bare our Why, what evil hath he done? Í sins in bis own body on the tree. have found no cause of death in 1 Pet. ii. 24. He is the propitiation him.-One of the malefactors said, for our sins; and not for ours only, This man hath done nothing amiss. but also for the sins of the whole The centurion said, Certainly this world. 1 John ii. 2. The Son of was a righteous man. Luke xxiii, man gave his life a ransom for 22, 41, 47.
many. Matt. xx. 28. d He was manifested to take after he had offered one sacrifice for away our sins; and in him is no sius, for ever sat down on the right sin. 1 John iii. 5. God sending his hand of God. Heb. x. 12. When Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, he had by himself purged our sins. and for sin, condemned sin in the Heb. i. 3. In whom we have reAlesh. Rom. viii. 3. To finish the demption through his blood, the transgression, and to make an end forgiveness of sins. Eph. i. 7. Col. of sins, and to make reconciliation i. 14. The blood of Jesus Christ
once made, should take away the sins of the world: and sin, as Saint John saith, was not in him. But all we the rest, although baptized,
They know that Christ (whom they trust upon) appeasing the wrath of his Father, their sins shall never be imputed any more unto them than if the same had never been committed. Nowell,
O Lord, the only-begotten Son Jesu Christ; O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us. Thou that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.
Thou that takest away the sins of the world, receive our prayer. Com. Service.
Q. Is this holiness which thou dost attribute to the Church, already upright and in all points perfect? A. Not yet: for so long as we live a mortal life in this world, such is the feebleness and frailty of mankind, we are of too weak strength wholly to shun all kinds of vices. Therefore the holiness of the Church is not yet full and perfectly finished, but yet very well begun. But when it shall be fully joined to Christ, from whom she hath all her cleanness and pureness, then shall she be clothed with innocency and holiness in all points full and perfectly finished, as with a certain snowy white and most pure garment. Nowell,
So long as we live in this world, we are far from the perfection and full attaining of spiritual rest; and here is given us but a certain taste of that rest which we shall enjoy perfectly, fully, and most blessedly in the kingdom of God. Nowell, p. 19.
There liveth no mortal man that doth not oft slip in doing his duty, and that doth not oft and grievously offend God. Nowell,
very deed the life of all men, even of the devoutest and most Christian, both is, and evermore hath been, such, as one may always find some lack, even in the very best and purest conversation. Jewell.
We do daily and hourly, by our wickedness and stubborn disobedience, horribly fall away from God; thereby purchasing unto ourselves—if he should deal with us according to his justice-eternal damnation. Hom. xxxii. 1. See also Article XIV. c.
cleanseth us from all sin. 1 John Xxvi. 28. i. 7. How much more shall the • The Scripture hath concluded blood of Christ, who through the all under sin. Gal. iii. 22. There eternal Spirit offered himself with is no man that sinneth not. 1 King's out spot to God, purge your con- viii. 46. There is not a just man science from dead works. Heb. ix. upon earth that doeth good and 14. This is my blood of the new sinneth not. Eccles. vii. 20. In testament, which is shed for many, many things we offend all. James for the remission of sins. Matt. iji. 2.
and born again in Christ, yet offend in many things; and if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
f See Article XVII. s. XXVII. g.
& Under the name of sin, not only those gross words and deeds, which by the common judgment of men are counted to be filthy and unlawful, and so consequently abominable sins; but also the filthy lusts and inward concupiscences of the flesh; which, as St. Paul testifieth, do resist the will and Spirit of God, and therefore ought earnestly to be bridled and kept under. (Gal. v. 17.) Hom. xxxii. 1. See also Article IX.
Truth it is that sin is strong and affections unruly. (Psalm xxxvi. 1.) Hard it is to subdue and resist our nature, so corrupt and leavened with the sour bitterness of the poison, which we receive by the inheritance of our old father Adam.
66 But yet take good courage," saith our Saviour Christ, “ for I have overcome the world, and all other enemies for you.” (John xvi. 33.) “ Sin shall not have power over you, for ye be now under grace," saith St. Paul. (Rom. vi. 14.) Hom. xxvi.
As for them that do not confess that they have sinned, nor do crave pardon of their defaults, but with that Pharisee do glory in their innocency and righteousness before God, or rather against God, they exclude themselves from the fellowship of the faithful, to whom this form of prayer (the Lord's prayer) is appointed for them to follow, and from the haven and refuge of safety. For this is it that Christ saith, " That he came into this world, not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Nowell, p. 94.
Dearly beloved brethren, the Scripture moveth us in sundry places to acknowledge and confess our manifold sins and wickedness; and that we should not dissemble nor cloke them before the face of Almighty God, our heavenly Father; but confess them with an humble, lowly, penitent, and obedient heart; to the end that we may obtain forgiveness of the same, by his infinite goodness and mercy. Exhortation.
Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; and we have done those
• There is none righteous, no, Ps. xix. 12. The flesh lusteth not one. Rom. iii. 10. Who can against the Spirit, and the Spirit say, I have made my heart clean, I against the flesh; and these are am pure from my sin. Prov. xx. 9. contrary the one to the other, so Who can understand his errors ? that ye cannot do the things that Cleanse thou me from secret faults. ye would. Gal. v. 17. We are all
things which we ought not to have done; and there is no health in us. Confession.
Remember not, Lord, our offences, nor the offences of our forefathers; neither take thou vengeance of our sins : spare us, good Lord, spare thy people, whom thou hast redeemed with thy most precious blood, and be not angry with us for ever. Litany.
O God, whose nature and property is ever to have mercy and to forgive, receive our humble petitions; and though we be tied and bound with the chain of our sins, yet let the pitifulness of thy great mercy loose us, for the honour of Jesus Christ our Mediator and Advocate. Amen. Occusional Prayer.
Grant, we beseech thee, merciful Lord, to thy faithful people pardon and peace; that they may be cleansed from all their sins, and serve thee with a quiet mind, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Coll. for the twenty-first Sunday after Trinity.
O Lord, we beseech thee, absolve thy people from their offences; that through thy bountiful goodness we may all be delivered from the bands of those sins, which by our frailty we have committed. Grant this, 0 heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ's sake, our blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen. Coll. for the twenty-fourth Sunday after Trinity.
Wash it, we pray thee, in the blood of that immaculate Lamb, that was slain to take away the sins of the world; that whatsoever defilements it may have contracted in the midst of this miserable and naughty world, through the lusts of the flesh, or the wiles of Satan, being purged and done away, it may be presented pure and without spot before thee. Visitation of the Sick. as an unclean thing, and all our day that we have no sin, we deceive righteousnesses are as filthy rags.''ourselves, and the truth is not in Isa. lxiv. 6. I find a law, that, us.-If we say that we have not when I would do good, evil is pre- sinned, we make him a liar, and his sent with me. Rom. vii. 21. If we word is not in us. 1 John i. 8, 10.
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XVI. Of Sin after Baptism. *Not
every deadly sin willingly committed after Baptism, is 'sin against the Holy Ghost,
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They which in act or deed do sin after their baptism, when they turn again to God unfeignedly, they are likewise washed by this sacrifice (of Christ) from their sins, in such sort, that there remaineth not any spot of sin, that shall be imputed to their damnation. Hom. iii. 1. See Article XXXI.
Wherefore we do not without a just cause, detest and abhor the damnable opinion of them, Novatians, which do most wickedly go about to persuade the simple and ignorant people, that if we chance, after we be once come to God, and grafted in his Son Jesus Christ, to fall into some horrible sin, repentance shall be unprofitable unto us ; there is no more hope of reconciliation, or to be received again into the favour and mercy of God. And that they may give the better colour unto their pestilent and pernicious error, they do commonly bring in the sixth and tenth chapters of the Epistle to the Hebrews, and the second chapter of the second Epistle of Peter; not considering that in those places the holy, apostles do not speak of the daily falls that we, as long as we carry about this body of sin, are subject unto; (Matt. xii. 31. Mark iii. 28.) but of the final falling away from Christ and his Gospel, which is a sin against the Holy Ghost, that shall never be forgiven; because that they do utterly forsake the known truth, do hate Christ and his word, they do crucify and mock him, but to their utter destruction, and therefore fall into desperation, and cannot repent. And this is the true meaning of the Holy Spirit of God, it appeareth by many other places of the Scriptures; which promise unto all true repentant sinners, and to them that with their whole heart do turn unto the Lord their God, free pardon and remission of ( their sins. (Jer. iv. 1. Isa. lv. 7. Hos. vi. 1.) Hom. xxxii. 1.
Hemmung. b For it is impossible for those Heb. x. 26. If after they have
who were once enlightened, and escaped the pollutions of the world Peruse have tasted
of the heavenly gift, through the knowledge of the Lord thin
Holy Ghost, and have tasted the again entangled therein, and overdoctrine good word of God, and the powers come, the latter end is worse with
of the world to come, if they shall them than the beginning. For it this
fall away, to renew them again had been better for them not to