Sunday, May 29, 2005

Pardon for sinners

"For your name's sake, O LORD,
pardon my guilt, for it is great"

Psalm 25v11, ESV

GREAT GUILT NO OBSTACLE TO
THE PARDON OF THE RETURNING SINNER

(My note from reading Jonathan Edwards sermon)
Argument
1. David pleads for pardon on the basis of God's name's sake.
Not on the basis of David's worthiness.
Not on the basis of David's good deeds.

2. David pleads for pardon the basis of the greatness of his sin.
Not on the basis of his righteousness.
Not on the basis of the smallness of his sin.

He pleads for pity because he is pitiful. Like a beggar looking for food who pleads his hunger.

Doctrine
If we truly come to God for mercy, the greatness of our sin will be no impediment to pardon. If it were then David would not have used this argument.

We see:
1. Our misery and need of mercy
2. That we are not worthy of sovereign grace
3. We must come for mercy through Jesus Christ alone

So:
1. The mercy of God is as sufficient for the pardon of the greatest sin as for the least.
2. The satisfaction of Christ is as sufficient for the reoval of teh greatest guilt as for the least.
3. Christ will not refuse to save the greatest sinners who come to rightly to God for mercy. It is his business to be the saviour of sinners.
4. The glory fo grace consists in Christ's sufficent pardon of the greatest sinners.
5. Pardon is offered and promised to the greatest sinners.

Application
The proper use of this is to encourage those whose consciences are burdened by a sense of guilt, to go immediately to God, through Christ, for mercy!

Objections
Edwards concludes his application by refuting the objections he knows will be raised, namely:
1. Have I not been too long in sin?
2. Have I not commmitted sins that prove me reprobate?
3. Have I not need to reform myself before I come for mercy?

What joy to be remined of God's free grace to me a sinner. So hard to admit sin. So hard to come for mercy. Yet I come and recieve pardon from God, through Christ!

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