of Sins (Ezekiel 16:9)
Oxfordshire, England, William Greenhill (1591-1671) was a popular
preacher and spiritual guide in
London. He was a member of the Westminster Assembly
which met in the 1640's and he subsequently took part in the Savoy Conference.
Ejected from the parish of Stepney in 1660 he moved on to pastor an
Independent church until the time of his departure from the wilderness of this
whose sin God forgives, he fully forgives. “I thoroughly washed away thy
blood,” I suffered no sin, no guilt to stick upon thee. Ezek. xxxvi. 25,
“I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean; from all your
filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you:” sprinkling of them
with clean water imports the sprinkling of them with the blood of Christ,
whereby sins are purged and done away. 1 John i. 7, “The blood of Christ
cleanseth from all sin,” not some few, some little, some great, some old,
some new sins, but from all sin; when God pardons he pardons thoroughly, Jer.
xxxiii. 8, “I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, whereby they have
sinned against me; and I will pardon all their iniquities whereby they have
sinned against me:” let the sins, iniquities, be what they will, when the
Lord is upon the work of forgiving, he will forgive them all. David blesseth
God upon this ground, because God was a God forgiving all iniquities, Psal.
ciii. 3. That place in Isa. lv. 7, is to our purpose, “He will abundantly
pardon;” not ten, twenty, a hundred, or a thousand sins, but ten thousand
sins, all wicked ways, all evil thoughts. The Vulgate reads it, Multus
est ad ignoscendum, He is much inclined to pardon, much in pardoning, he
takes delight in it, as a thing natural to him. Micah vii. 18, “He pardoneth
iniquity and passeth by transgression;” and why? “because he delighteth in
mercy;” it is his will, his nature to be merciful, nothing pleases him more
than to show mercy. The Hebrew is, He will multiply to pardon; if man have
multiplied sins, he will multiply means to pardon those sins; the sins of the
creature shall not be supernumerary to the mercies of the Creator. Man is a
father of sins, and God is a “Father of mercies,” 2 Cor. i. 3. Doth man
beget and bring forth thousands of sins in a day? God begets and brings forth
more mercies in an hour; where sin abounds, he makes grace much more to
abound, Rom. v. 20.
Exposition of Ezekiel - William Greenhill," published by The Banner of Truth Trust,
1994. p 354.