Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.
1 Timothy 1:13
who was before a blasphemer, and a violent persecutor; but I obtained mercy, because I acted thro' ignorance in incrudelity.
2 Corinthians 4:1
Therefore, having by the divine favour such a ministry, I exert myself:
or do you despise the riches of his kindness, and forbearance, and long-suffering; not considering that the kindness of God invites you to repentance?
1 Peter 3:20
those antient rebels in the time of Noah, when the divine forbearance waited, till the ark was quite finish'd, in which only eight persons were saved by means of the water.
2 Peter 3:9
the Lord does not delay the accomplishment of his promise, as some do imagine. but he waits with patience upon our account, as being unwilling that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
wherefore, I tell you, her sins, which are numerous, are forgiven; and that is the reason of all this love: but his love is less, to whom less is forgiven.
even so, I assure you, the angels in heaven rejoice, when any one sinner becomes a penitent.
but the Publican, who stood a good way lower, not daring to lift up even his eyes to heaven, only smote his breast, and said, O God, be merciful to me, who am a sinner.
upon seeing this, they all murmur'd, saying, he is going to be treated by a dissolute person.
Jesus answer'd, verily I tell you, this day thou shalt be with me in paradise.
all those whom my father gives me, shall come to me; and I will not reject any that come to me.
by him, every one who believes, is purged from all that guilt, for which the law of Moses had made no such provision.
the law was introduc'd, that the greatness of the fall might fully appear; but the more sin display'd its enormity, the divine favour was so much the more transcendent.
now whatever was heretofore writ, was writ for our instruction; that we through patience and the comfortable promises of the scriptures might have hope.
so that he has an uninterrupted power to save those, that come to God by him, because he ever lives to make intercession for them.
however, to let you see that the son of man has power on earth to forgive sins, rise, said he, to the sick of the palsy,
I came not to call saints, but sinners to repentance. Then they ask'd him, how comes it that John's disciples,
for the son of man is come to seek, and to save that which was lost.
1 John 2:25
and this is the reward that he hath promised us, even eternal life.