Its necessity. 1. He convicts "the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment," i.e., He shows them their sin, points to the true standard of righteousness, and admonishes them of judgment, in order thus to lead them to repentance. As is DEMONSTRATED BY FACTS. Whenever the character of God is presented to us as goodness, it waters, stimulates, and develops that side of human nature which is most like God. Or, instead of this gradual process, a sudden general deprivation.V. Look at any of the particulars of His goodness — His constant provision, His watchful protection, His compassionate care of weakness. It is a consciousness indeed of self-failure, but an expression of loved affection towards our heavenly Father.(J. Goodness is the working force of God's nature, and is to be made the working force of all government; but if God's goodness does not help men, His natural law goes right on to penalties without trial or sentence; the laws execute themselves in the moral kingdom. The regulator was placed in the watch to govern its movements and keep the watch right. (3) Evidenced by the production of the proper fruits. So was conscience in the soul. Conscience is not a guide infallible. GOD'S GOODNESS IS THE GRAND PRESENTATION OF HIM FROM WHICH THE MOST INFLUENCE AND BENEFIT IS TO BE EXPECTED. The goodness of God —1. 2. 5. The regulator was placed in the watch to govern its movements and keep the watch right. It is the Creator, the Preserver, the Redeemer of mankind who is thus sinned against. He is "long-suffering, not willing that any should perish." In order to reply there is only need to describe the way in which men do avail themselves of God's forbearance.1. There is a sort of spurious repentance, to which men are sometimes driven. God could not make a law which would allow a single sin. In regard to God's patience consider —1. The unspeakable extent of His goodness is seen in the dignity of the Person given, and the humiliation and sufferings to which He was given (Philippians 2:6-8); the unworthiness of those for whom He undertook; the great misery from which we are rescued; the happiness to which we are, or may be, advanced. Furnishes motives. THE OBJECT OF GOD'S GOODNESS is —1. For repentance is accepted, not in consideration of its desert, but in virtue of the mediation of the Saviour. How different His dealings towards you from your dealings towards Him! Furnishes motives. In regard to God's patience consider —1. Alas! Towards families, as that of Ahab (1 Kings 21:29); the house of Stuart, in England, and of Bourbon, in France. Goodness supplies our wants, patience bears with our sins. If I loved others as myself, I should rejoice in their good as much as my own; and every blessing bestowed upon them would he bestowed upon me, and my blessings upon them.III. There is a vaster disproportion between sin and grace than between a spark and an ocean. All the conversions of men that have been the result of fear are hardly worth the letters that spell the story. It is not that you evade or escape the penalty of your base ingratitude and perfidy, but it is that you treasure it up (ver. There is another class who go still farther, and take encouragement from the goodness of God to sin against Him with an increased freedom and boldness. From how many dangers and sicknesses has He delivered you? "You have sinned, arise and go to your Father." Many instances of this are noticed in Scripture, as towards the old world in the days of Noah (1 Peter 3:20; cf. "What the law could not do," etc. The presentation of goodness to the affections of a man's upper life helps them. The character of any mind is known by the character of the motives that it presents to influence other minds. THEIR ABUSE. As I was shown from room to room, and allowed to roam amid the treasures by its courteous owner, I felt a considerable timidity, I was afraid to sit anywhere, nor did I hardly dare to put down my foot or rest my hand to lean. 1. and how much of enjoyment do all these add to life?3. (6) The grace which accepts it. ITS NATURE. When we accept His gifts, and find in them a substitute for Himself, and so many reasons why we should ignore Him. These are not merely the commands of one who governs by virtue of His power and supremacy, nor merely of one whom it is our interest or obligation to obey; they are the commands of our Benefactor. (b)By the infinite price that has been paid. He wanted to know (Exodus 33:13-15) what view of God's nature he was to employ, and wished to be filled to overflowing with that view. What, then, is Revelation designed to accomplish for man? Here is goodness such as was never manifested in any world but ours, nor towards any other beings but the lost children of men.2. Villiers. It is thus the goodness of God leadeth to repentance — it unvails in brightest manifestation the perfection of His character, directing all its cares, its solicitude, its tenderness to us.IV. ", 2. "Treasuring up." If I loved others as myself, I should rejoice in their good as much as my own; and every blessing bestowed upon them would he bestowed upon me, and my blessings upon them.III. "Wait," said the man of God, "for one moment"; and instantly fell on his knees and offered a fervent prayer for the unhappy man before him. MAN'S CONDUCT, IN RELATION TO DIVINE GOODNESS, IS VERY DEPRAVED. No; sin is an abomination in His holy eyes beyond what we can possibly imagine. If, therefore, human nature is to be developed in the direction of spiritual excellence, you must develop it by the presentation of those excellencies in their supreme forms in God. The mercy He has obtained is "great" and "tender," the grace "manifold and exceeding," the redemption "plenteous," the joy "unspeakable," the glory "an exceeding great and eternal weight." (Proverbs 1:24-28). WHAT FRAME OF MIND THEY OUGHT TO LEAD US TO. Every fresh particle swells and blackens it. By claiming it as our due, and talking as if God were bound to bear with us. (2) Every special interposition of God in your favour. If there be no alteration, still God is —. The history of sin dates from the first suspicious thought of God.