Thomas Gouge on new obedience as thankfulness to God

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Reformed Covenanter

Cancelled Commissioner
Q. Wherein standeth thankfulness?

A. In new obedience, which is to carry in my heart a consort purpose never to sin any more, and withal to endeavour in my life to please God in all his Commandments, within the compass of my particular calling.


1 That thankfulness for our redemption standeth in new obedience see 2 Cor. 5.15 17. Christ died for all, that they which live should not live henceforth unto themselves, but unto him which died for them all, and rose again; therefore, if any man be in Christ let him be a new creature.

2 That there must be a constant purpose not to sin any more, 1 Pet. 4, 1, 2. Seeing Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, stir up your selves also with the same mind; that he which hath suffered in the flesh, hath ceased from sin; that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh, to the lusts of men, but to the will of God Rom. 4.24.

3 That there must be an endeavour to please God in all things, in all his Commandments, see Psal. 119.5, 6.106.102. in David I have sworn, and will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments; I have inclined my heart to perform thy statutes always, even to the end, Acts 24.16. the like in Saint Paul.

4 That every one must walk in their calling, 1 Cor. 7.17. As God hath distributed to every one, as the Lord hath called every one so let him walk.

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