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Also in the likeness of hisi Resurrection. Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the Body of fun might be destroyed; that henceforth we should not serve fin. God be thank. ed that tho' we were the servants of fin, yes have now.obey'd from the htart, and being made free from fin, are become the servants of righteousness. Rom. 6.4.5,6, 17.18. Henceforth we will serve no other Master : For even Christ our Paffover is sacrifsed for us. (By whose Bloud we are redeemed from evetlafting destruction) Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
I Cor. S. 7, 8. Building up our felves on our most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost. We will keep our selves in the love of God, looking for the mercy ofour Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life, Jude 20, 21. Lord, Thou art God which haft made heaven anil earth, and the fea, and all that in them is : Who by the mouth of thy fervant David haft said, Ads 4.24, 25. Chou art my son, this day have I begotten Thee. And I shall give Thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. PS. 2.7, 8. Tby word is true from the beginning. For eutr, o Lord, thy word is settled in heaven. Iby faithfulness is unto all generations. Ps. 119. 160, 89, 90. For thou haft sent thy Hely Child Jesus, and declared Him to be the Son of God with power by the Resurrection from the dead. Rom. 1.5. For though He was crucified through weakness, yet Heliveth by the power of God. 2 Cor. 13.4. Thou wouldst not suffer thine holy one to see corruption : But hajt made known to Him the ways of life ; and made Him full of joy with thy countenance', Aits 2. 272 28, Thou hast given Him power over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to a: many as Thoubas given Him. S. John 17. 2. Adored be thy eternal love wbich appeared in the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that followed. 1 S. Pet. 1. 11. Adoro ed bethy Love which hath begotten us again unto a lively hope, by the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. v. 3.' Who hath brought life and immortality to light through the Gospal. 2 Tim. I.10. and is become the first fruits ofthem that sept. i Cor. 15. 20. And is the Resurrection and the life, s. 7ohn 11. 25. We rejoyce in the consolation, which Thou hast fent unto us, and that we in this farthermost part of the Earth are become his inheritance. We praise Thee, we bless Thee, we most heartily devote cur ielves to th' obedience of Jesus, as is but jaft and meet. for to this end Christ both died and roje , and
revived, that He might be Lord of the dead and living. Rom. 24. 9. We reverence his Sovereiga Authority; We fubmit our felves to his Laws; and depend upon his care and good Providence. We refer our felves to his wise Will and pleasure in all things; defiring nothing more, but ihat whether we live or die, we may be the Lord's, v.8. O!that thy Spirit, which raised up Fefut", may dwell in us, guide and govern us. That Thou, who raisedft up Chrilt from the dead, mavst also quicken our mortal bodies, by thy Spirit dwelling in us ch. 8. ib. O! that the rest of the world may become his poffeffion 100; and all with one mind and one mouth glorifie God, even the Father of our Lord Jefus Christ, ch.18.6. boho is the faithful witness and the fire begotten of the dead, and the Prince of the Kings of the earth.to Him beglory.and dominion for ever-.Amen. Reu, t.s.6.
Sv. 6. ASCENSION-DAY, OPSUNDAY. O.! The height of that Glory wherein our Savior isinthrone ed! Who is gone into heaven.
I S. Pet. 3. 22 Anılmade higher than the heavens. Heb. 7. 26. Day, ascended up.far above all bears ens. Eph. 4. 10. Far above all principality and power and migla and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this sorld, but also in that which is to come. Eph. 1.21. What a come forf is ie to dust and ashes to see their nature shining brighter than the higheft Stars of glory? to behold their fielh the greatest bauty of the Paradife of God? Where should our converfition be, but in Heaven? where should the members and the heart be, bue where their Head and their treasure is? What should we seek bur those things which are above, Where Chrift forreth on the right hand of God's Coll 3. 1. O ye little vanities! bow.contemptible are all your pleasures? how low are all your dignities and honored how baseandivile the rest of your temps racions, when we look up to Heaven where our Savior fits in uomatchable glory and Majelty ? Never speak to us any more never perfuade us to follow worldly lusts; our thoughts are not now so mean. Weare dead to all those things, aadi oup life is hid with Christ in God. WhenCbrift, who is our life, shall 4ppear, then shall we also appear with him in Glory. Col. 3. 3. 4. Lue is that eternal life with Jefus the thing we seek? is our heart indeed set on things above, where He is ar God's right hand? Let us search and try'; do we in good earnest travel with high and heavenly designs? are weambitious of nothing to much, as to be like to Jesus? and by the most felt denying ways s'obraio his glory? do we føare rro pains to flatten our
too eager defires towards the things on earth?; to let out our Hivain and airy conceits, to sharpen ounappetites after real
, happiness! t'infame our love, to heighten our desires and hopess,
to strengthea qur Faith; c'excite our watchfulness;;andingage oun serious indeavors, that we may pofless the things above?
Are we sure that the Wisdam that is from abave: S. Fam. 3., ME 191.is the crown of one glory? Humility, our honor; to do
a goodi, our riches and treasure;, to be religious, our business; s and to rejoyce in Godi, our highest pleasure? Does the peace.of.
God which paffesh all understanding, keep our hearts and minds? 5 Philo. 4. 7. Are weabove the threats, the contempt, the ha.: tred, th' oppression, th' enmities and, affronts of this evili
word? Above our owo and other mens passions and peevishi affections? So that we return good for evil; kindness for injuries; and prayers for curses? Are our hearts carried aloft in holy Prayers? Do We send up continually the Sacrifice at prcife; giving thanks to ed for all his. Benefits? Do we dweilan bove in pious Meg of the Glory wherein our Savior is iathroned? Do wear vet arnestly the best, and most useful sifts, and especially our course to that more excellere way), (of ministring to the welfare of the Church, and ofour own Souls; even thac of Charity? ]'r Cor, 12.31. Have we purified our souls , in obeying the truth throngh the Spirit, unta uufeigned love of the breshren. I S. Pet. 1. 22. Is that sweet thing, that heavenly Charity, our dearly beloved? which is thevery joy of heaven. Then th’Angelsgive us joy of a happy Resurrection and Ascension with Christ Jesus: for God hath quicknedius together with Christ, And hath raised is up together, and made us for tagether in heavenly places. Eph. 2. 3,6. Th:day-Itaris risen injour hearts, foretelling our apo proaching glory. We behold the morning of eternal, jog the dawniog oftheday of Recompences. And we may rest asfüred that God will not leave us in the grave, nor suffen us forever to fee corruption, but it shall; deliver us into in Arms of our Lord, For this corruptible muftputonincorruptions and this mortal.must pnt onimmortality, i Cor.15. 5.36 and this: mortality shall ve swallowed up of life. 2. Cor. 5. 4. Nay, we may now triumpá, and say, IDe are the childrenaf God, And
if.children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with in Chrift. Rom. 8. 16, 17. Who has also given us toe earnelt of
theinheritance. Eph. 1.1.4 For. He has form'd already a model of th' heavenly. Sanctuary within our breasts ::where Chriß K4
Felus Himself is inthroned; and the Name of God is continually honored and glorified. And therefore we may humbly conclude in the words of Jefus , ff God be glorified in us, God hall also glorifie us in Himself. S. John 13. 32. And O! chat s e Father of glory would be pleased more and more to give nn. thus the spirit of wisdom and revelation, in the knowledge of Him: That the eyes of our understanding being inlightned , we may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe , according to the working of his mighty power; Which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and fet Him at his own right hand in the heavenly places. Eph. 1.17 to 20. Amen.
§. 7. APRIL. DID we observe well that glorious Person who feafted us at his Table; and mark the kind and gracious words which He spake unto us by the representations etais broken Body, and Bloud that was shed for our fakes? Vas! we should not have been here if we had had a clear view of his Glories ? He would have carried us to heaven with Him if our hearts had been poft fled with the fulness of his Love. Our eyes are too w:ak to behold his Perfections; our thoughts too narrow to comprehend th’un searchable riches of his Grace. But have we jót seen something of Him? Did not many of his beau. te jus Graces shine fairly in our eyes? Did He not even force upon us fome sense of his wondrous goodness and Charity ? and has He not put Himself, by sengible tokens into our very hands, nay, entred into our heart, and told us that He desi. red it for his habitation? Where is He then? what have we done with Him? Are the thoughts of Hini vanished already out of our minds? does the love of Him laoguish and dy thus foon in our breasts? are we content to let Him go, and sec Him no more till the same Solemnity come about again ?How shall we be able then to appear before Him at that time? with what face shall we be able look upon Him whom we flight so much as to like any company better than his? will it not confound us to think that we are but strangers to Him,tho we ve been fo of ten with Him: and that He can find nothing of Himfellin us, no, not after so many professions of the greatest love and friendship to Him? O! let Him see that He has not : bestow'd Himselt on those that know not how to value fo Di..
vine a Guest. Let us preserve an everlasting Memory of his dying Love; never fail to thank Him for it every day, with the greatest paffion we are able to excite: look on Him fcsiously, and study to be like Him; never take off our eyes' from his beauties, till all his lovely qualities be imprinted on our hearts; imitate his humility and great condescension to us of low estate; learn of Him to be meek and lowly in heart ; S., Mat. 11,29. Walk in love, as Christ also has loved us; and given Himself for us an offering and a Sacrifise to God for a a sweet smelling favor; Eph.4:2; and purify our felves even as He is pure. I S. John 3-3. Let our conversation be without covetous, ness, and let us be content with such things as we have.Heb.13 si Trot in the LORD, and do good. Pf. 37. 3. And inaka Him our hope, and our portion. That as long as welive, Christ Jesus may be seen among men. O! what a goodly fight would it be, to behold our Lord fill walking up and down in the world! to fee the loving, the peaceable, the-meek, the merciful, ihe Holy Jesus again upon th'earth! Let every one of us refolve to be that bleffed man, in whom He shall appear; let not his imageand likeness be lost whilst we are in being and let us labour to leave it upon others when we are dead and gone.
PARTICULARLY we may pitch upon the PATIENCE ofour Lord under all the rude affronts and cruel pains He indured from his enemies: and the great dulness; untowardness, and fowness to believe which He found in his Disciples:: for our Meditation this Munch. That fo'Patience may have her perfect work in us, that we may be perfket and intire, want. ing nothing. S. Fam. 1.4. For we have need of patience'; that after we have doue the uill of God, we might receive the premife. Heb. 10:36. Hell in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him: fret not thy self because of him who prospereth in his way. because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Pf. 37. 7. We must refolve not to be discouraged in our Chutian course, whatsoever it be that we are to do or suffer, and to IParn them that are unruly, comfort the feeble minded, supe portihe weak, and be patient towards allmen, i Thef. s. 14. Remembring that this is the Character of those who received the heaveolyiced in an honest and good hearthat they brought forth fruit with patience. S. Luk. 8.15. ünowing that tribulai tion worketh patience; and patience experience, and experience bopes and hope maketh not ashamed. Rom. 5.3.4.