Oliver Heywood on the need for daily pardon

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Quest. Why then are Christ’s Disciples bound to pray daily for Pardon? Matth. 6.12.

Answ. 1. Because we are daily committing new Sins, in many things we offend all, James 3.2. We miss it in every thing: Oh, how many are our secret Faults, Psal. 19.12.2. God would have us daily lie under the sense of our former guilt, the desert of Sin, and the worth of pardoning Grace; David was assured of Pardon by Nathan, 2 Sam. 12.13. yet afterwards prays for it, Psal. 51.2. The prodigal Son confesseth his fault, after his Father had fallen on his Neck, Luk. 15.20, 21.3.

Pardoning Grace may be clouded in the sense and assurance of it, and in this respect the Righteousness of God is revealed from Faith to Faith, Rom. 1.17. From a less to a stronger Faith. Besides, 4. We may distinguish betwixt a justified State, and applications of Pardon to Souls, there is forgiveness with God, which must be daily sued out by Faith and Prayer, Psal. 130.4. ...

For the reference, see Oliver Heywood on the need for daily pardon.
 
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