The eighth book of Mr Jeremiah Burroughs. Being a treatise of the evil of evils, or the exceeding sinfulness of sin. Wherein is shewed, 1 There is more evil in the least sin, than there is in the greatest affliction. 2 Sin is most opposite to God. 3 Sin is most opposite to mans good. 4 Sin is opposite to all good in general. 5 Sin is the poyson, or evil of all other evils. 6 Sin hath a kind of infiniteness in it. 7 Sin makes a man conformable to the Devil. All these several heads are branched out into very many particulars.
Burroughs, Jeremiah, 1599-1646., Goodwin, Thomas, 1600-1680.
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CHAP. LIV.

Use 3. If there be so much evil in sin, then it's a mighty mercy to get the pardon of sin.

Use III. IF there be so much evil in Sin as you have heard of, then certain∣ly this must needs follow, That to get pardon of sin is a mighty mercy. It must needs be a wonderful thing to have the pardon of sin, to get to be delivered from that which hath so much evil, that is so dreadful, it must needs be very hard to be obtained; grievous diseases be very hardly cured. Certainly Brethren, those men and women that do think, that to get par∣don of, and power against sin, is a little or light matter, I dare charge them as in the presence of God, they never yet knew what sin meant; and all that I have delivered about the evil of sin, hath been but as the beating of the air to them, to no purpose, that yet make but light of the great work of procuring pardon for sin, and making peace with God for their sin. If all the world were in a confusion, turned into a Chaos, we should think it a great work of God to bring all in frame and oder again: Certainly it is a greater work of God, for to deliver the soul from the evil of sin, and free the soul of it, than Page  446 it would be for to raise up the frame of Heaven and Earth again, if all were turned into a Chaos. Therefore Numbers, 14. 17, 19. verses, where Moses speaks of pardon of Sin; see how Moses speaks of it there: And now I beseech thee (saith he) let the power of my Lord be great, according as thou hast spoken, saying. What was this concer∣ning which God had spoken, that he would shew his great power in? See the 19. verse, Par∣don I beseech thee the iniquity of this people, according to the greatness of thy mercy: (Mark) let the pow∣er of my Lord be great, and then pardon the iniquitie of thy people: as if Moses should say; Oh Lord, this requires great power, the Al∣mightie power of God is required for pardoning of iniquitie, as well as the infinite mercy of God Oh consider this, you that think lightly of get∣ting pardon of sin, this is the greatest business in the world, and certainly that soul that God doth set in good earnest about this work, to get the pardon of sin, that soul is the most busie Creature in all the world: never was the soul taken up about a more blessed work, since it had a being, than this is; if it understand what it is about, it takes up the whol strength of soul and bodie, when the soul is about so great a work: therefore you that come to have some inlighte∣nings to shew you the evil of sin, and you be a∣bout that work of getting pardon; Oh you had need intend it; and work mightily and strongly indeed; for know this, you are about the grea∣test business, the greatest work that ever Crea∣ture was about in the world; there is no creature Page  447 in all the world was ever about so great a work as thou art about; when thou art about the get∣ting pardon of sin, thou hadst need mind it, and follow it, and not have thy heart taken up about other things, for it is the great work of the Lord, that infinitely concerns thee; Oh that men and women had cleer apprehensions about the sweetness of this work; 'tis true, Gods mer∣cie is above all our sins, and he is readie to par∣don, and to forgive; but the Lord will have his Creatures know, that it is the greatest work that ever he did: yea, and take altogether Justifica∣tion of a sinner, is as great a work as ever God did; the means that tend to it, and the work of a soul about procuring pardon, is the greatest work that ever soul was about: so you must understand it; and you cannot but understand it, if you understand what hath been delivered. This is the Third Use.