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f. 8. MAY. O Love, what haft how done? faidan holy man, when be thought of the mercies of God in Chrif Jesus. Thou broughtet the Son of God down from heaven, and madelt Him appear in the likenefs of man; thou broughtest Him to bis Cross and' anadelt Him an Offering of a sweet smelling favour unto God. O Love what wouloit thou not dn (may we say to our felves) if thou-didit but pofless our hearts? That which made Hin like to us, and brought Him down hiçber, would make uslike to God, and carry us up to Heaven. If we did but love God, what cou'd Hedemand of us which we shou'd not immediately do: how naturally fhou'd we study to please Him? how easy and delightfulwould it be to comply with his Will? and what a favor sh uld we count it chat we might know his Will wbich we are to du? None of his Commandments wou'd be grinows to us, but a!! his ways pleasaniness, and all his parhs peace. Prov. 3. 17. And will it riot be very strange it we should not love Him, who has loved us fo much, and is Still demonstrating his kindness to us! We must forget our Be. lief if we should not love Him, and that He will noi let us for get, but calls us often to his holy Table, and teeds us with the sweet Remembrance of Him : there Hc represents to us. chat which we continually profess to believe, That He is the Father Almighip, Of whom
the whole family in heaven and sarth is named. Eph. 3. 15. That Hefns Chust is his only ZOR our Lord; th. t. He was conceibed bp the Wolp Bhost / Boru of the Dirgin tarp/ Duffered nnder pomins Pilate/ noas eruc:fiedt dead, and bnriedi de descended into jjellKore agoin ; #fcended into hcapen; fits au Bod's right hand; and shall come to judge the quick and the dead. This isour Fuch: Jay we never make coofefsion of it without feeling it excited to work by lovei Gal 5.6. May is alwaies call to mind the Vows we have inade to live by this faith of the Son of God. ch. 2. 20. May it purify our bears. Afts 15. 9..that wh-n He shall appear again and come tojudge the world,our faith may be found unto praise and honor, and glory', Amen. 1S. Pet. 1.7. We mult resolve therefore to reflect on it for this end; show that we do will, lingly remember the Lord Jesus, and study to ftir up his love in our bearts; and have not only some sudden flashes of it foreed upon us, by the meer greatness and power of bis Love, And we must think that our love to Him will grow faint and cold without these indeavors;, so that it will be a doubt to our
Telves (o: hou uncomfortablo issband, whether welove him
, whole Month Meditate particularly upon this piece of Christ's Love, in institucing and ordaining, juftbefore He died, these HO, LY MYSTERIES at this divine Feast as pledges of his Love, and for a continual Remembrance of his death, to, our; great and endless comtort. O! what kindoefs was this! may weshizak with our felves, what wonder of love, which is here fairly represented to us, and set before our eyes! what a pleasure is it to see our selves thus beloved of the Sovereign of the world! to behold our selves in th' arms of th' Almighty, th’only, wife, and all-fufficient Good, who will never fail to take care of us, provide for us, direct, fupport, aflist, com. fort and połecz us, yea, and eternally blessus! This is love indeed, that we have such pledges given us of his everlasting kinduels; thąt we fhall see Him in th’orher world, where we fhall know Him, and love Him as much as we can desire Nay, what an happiness is it that we can love Him at all, and that He will take such care to excite our love to so great an height in this world? O! what pleasures have we telt in loving. Him, and offering our hearis with sincre affection to Him!' how do our Wills sweetly melt into his, when we think how good He is, and how much we are obliged to Him? We Thou'd never bave prais'd Him fo much, if He had not thuis represented his love to us; and that, toge her with intire friendship, and coucard (to which He also here ingages us),is th happiness of Angelsanu glorified Spirits. We will never cease loihink of these pleasures, that we may never, ceafe t'iojoy 'em : buc beftill more and more praising Him, till we come to praise Him in the Company of the belled,
S. 9. WHITSUNDAY. WE have now been the completion of all the Mystery of our Retemption; .how that Jesus she learned obedience, by the things which He suffered : Being, made perfect, became the aythor of eternal Salvation unto all them that obey Him. Hebe 5.8.9. Can we doubioru when we remember the princely gifts which He bas already, beltowid on his Church? Did not the Spirit pour’d out, as on this day, bear witness that all those who ovociently believed or Jesus were the Children of God? And if children then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ. Rom. 8. 16. 17. How cou'd we refrain from r joya. KO
Part. II. cing in these thoughts, should we be in the midst of their rribulations? For I reckon, that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. V, 18. Let us not be lo dull then, now that Hegives us allo a number of other good things fo richly t’injoy; but ftir up our felves, and be exceeding glad in the com. fort of that light which shines from heaven upon us; making, known unto us the mystery, which in other ages was not made known unto the fons of men, asitis now revealed'unto his holy Apotles and prophets by the Spirie. Eph. 3.3.5. And is it porfible to know Fesus, and not to learn obedience of him? What was it that He design'd from first to last but to form to Him. self an obedient, holy people, Zealous of good works? Do we not see how early He went Himselfahout his Father's business? how dutiful, obedient, ard subject He was unto his parents. S. Luke 2:49.51. How humbly He condescended to be baprized by a meaner person than Himself because He wou'd fula fill all righteousness.S. Mat. 3. 13. and what did He do imme: diately atter He was baptized, but enter into a combate with the devil, and vanquish those very temptations which foiled our first Parents? S. Mark. 1. 12. 13. O! how gloriously did He then triumph over Pride, Ambition, eager Appetite of meat and drink, and all persuasions to Presumption or Distrust of God! S, Mar.4. I-Il. Let us consider what was the forst thing he preached after this, that Men shou'd Repent and believe the Gospel S. Mar. 1.15. And his Sermon that prelent. ly followed on the Mountain, S. Mat. 5.6.7. ch. what Lerfons doth it teach, but poverty of spirit , mourning, meekness mercifulness, purity ; peaceablenessi, conftancy, patience; and such like heavenly verrues? without which He tells us, i in the conclusion of his discourse, we may as discreetly build av houfenpon the fand, as hope to go to heaven.v. 26, 27. And was not his whole Life a continual Comment upon this Text ? ' Whither tended all his Promises; his exceeding great and precions promises, 2-S. Pet. 1:4. but that by these we might be partakers of the Divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through luf? O God! that we should be no more moved by such Promises to purify our selves! what miracle will work upon those hearts, whom these will not prevail upon to be obedient? and yet we see his Miracles also had the same Delgn, to win Men to a better Life: We hear Him admonishing ib? Impoi". man whom he had cured',
Behold/ (mark whar I fiy) hou art made whole: fin no more,
left a worse thing come unto thee. S. John s. 14. S., had his E: Death allo;fos Heg:de Himself for our fons, that He might
deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of
God and our Father. Gal. 1.4. And that He might sanctity and :cleanje the Church with the washing of water by the word, that r. He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having a spot or wrinkel, or any such things but that it should be holy
and without blemish. Eph.5.26.27.. For this cause also He iz rose again yis well as dicu,that they which live should not hence
forth live unto themselves , but unto Him. 2 Cor. 5. 15. # And Bod having raised up his Son Jesus, sent Him to bless us, is in turning every one of us
from his iniquities. Afts. 3. 26. For which end He ascended into heaven, anú Qim hath God exalt. ed with his right hand to be a Prince and a Savior , for to give Repentance to Iliael, and forgiveness of sins. Afts. 5:31. This is th' intent of his eternal Priesthood, that we should be incouraged to draw near with a true heart; in full assurance of faith, having our heart sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water, Heb 10.2 2. And for this purpose He fent chc Holy Ghost to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed, through many signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God. Rom. 15.18.19. With this com million he sent his Apostles that they thould go to open their eyes, and to tarn them from darkness to light, and from the pomer of satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of Sons, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith thai is 1n- Him Afts.26.18. An? this they preached with the greatest fervency, and testified in the Lord that whey who be
Jie;ed in Him should not walk asother Gentiles walk in the van. À isy of their minds; Cc. Eph. 4, 17. For because of these things
cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. ch. 5.6. but toshem , mbo, by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory, and honor, and immortality ; eternal life. Rom. 2.7. Of this the Holy Ghost wasth. Earnest, th' Advocate of Christ Jesus here, as He is ours with the Father; the. Witness of his Refurrection and Glory; the Proof and Demonstration of his Religion, the Comforter of all those that live according to it: He bidschem hop that He who has so advan: ced humane nature (as was most apparent on this day) in Wis. dom, Power, and Charity; can an. i wili change us into his glorious Image and make us moet to be partakers of the inheri..
tance ef the saints in light. Col. 1. 12. He says un to us, Phatsoeber ye shall ask she Father in my Name, He will give it youes. John. 16.23- for He that is gives us his Son, and jes.this Hoiy ipiir, How shall
. He not alfo freely give us all things? Rom. 8. 32. Whu fhuil we ask then? We wilt on ly bow our knees unto the Father, of our Lord Jesus Chrilt, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named. that. He would grantus, according to the riches of his glory, ta lie strengthned with might, by his Spirit, in the innermam; that Crni may.dwell in our hearts by faith; that sure being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to compreheud with all Saints, what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and heights and to know thclove of Chrut, which paileth knowe ledge, that w might be filled with all the fullness of God. As meo. Epha 3. 14, to 19.
S. Io. JUN E. DO we mind what we say, when every day we call God, Father; One Father which is in Heaven? How happy are we if we are beloved of God Almighty? fo belove. that the Lord of Heaven and Earth is our Father what is there that we can de fire, what can welong for beyond this? how well satisfied and coprented should we be in the poorest Conditiov;how wch aflured that all shall be well with us, if we are sure of this one. thing, that he isour Father? and what should make usdoubs. of it, tho' lo great an Hovor? Where have we bee i now? what have we been doing? havewe not been witb Fesus? have, we not profelled our felves to be Christians? Qui truly out fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. IS. John 1: 3. He has showo us the Love which God bears to us. He has bidden us, by those tokens, sest assured that He will never cease to loveus: For He bassgiven Himfelf to us. The Covenant of Fr,énalhip and eternal Love has been renewed between ns: we have made again an path of fidelity to Him; and Hehas sworn in his Holiness, that He will not take bis Loving kindness from us, mor suffer his taithfulness to fail. Ohow rich is he that poffefles Gou; and is Heir of his ia mortal Glory? how chary, should we be of this inestimable wealth? how void Thould we be of all other çares, but only this, to preserve the Love of our Heaveuly Father 3: What should covetousness do in that heart which injoys such a Frea. sure? what lhould Ambition, what should Vain glory do in him that can boal utuh'Honor of having God for his father?