Wednesday, June 6, 2012

To come, on the mere encouragment of mercy

"The way to be accepted is to come - not on any such encouragement, that now you have made yourselves better, and more worthy, or not so unworthy, but - on the mere encouragement of Christ's worthiness, and God's mercy."


"Men cannot get off from the notion, that it is for some goodness or service of their own, either done or expected to be done, that God accepts persons, and receives them into favor."


"Spread all your wickedness before him, and do not plead your goodness; but plead your badness, and your necessity on that account: and say as the psalmist in the text, not 'Pardon mine iniquity, for it is not so great as it was,' but 'Pardon mine iniquity, for it is great.'"

-- Jonathan Edwards

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