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that they are savingly acquainted with it,
whose temper and practice have undergone
no change, whatever pretensions they may
make to faith in the Redeemer, and confi-
dent assurance of their final salvation': for
all the faved of the Lord are expressly de-
nominated' “ God's workmanship, created'in
“ Christ Jesus unto good works, which God
“ hath before ordained that they should
" walk in them." And it will remain an in-
variable truth, to the confusion of allí vain
boasting hypocrites, that “ whom God did
« foreknow, he also did predestinate to
“ be conformed to the image of his Son,
" that he might be the first-born among
many
brethren."

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But my chief business at present is with
those who know by experience the grace of
our Lord Jefus Chrift; having both tafted its
sweetness, and felt the power of it in their
own hearts. - To fuch I shall address a few
short exhortations, and then proceed to the
service for which we are affembled,

1/, Give glory to God for what you know of his grace ; "and humbly acknowledge that it was he, and he only, who

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opened your eyes, and turned you from darkness to light. Who made you to differ from others ? - The proper answer to this question is to be found in the 4th chapter of this epistle, verfe 6. “God, who at first

commanded the light to thine out of “ darkness, hath shined into your hearts, to " give you the light of the knowledge of his « glory in the face of Jesus Christ.” Not unto yourselves then, not unto yourselves, but to his free distinguishing favour, is all the glory due.

2dly, Let this motning-dawn encourage you to hope for the perfect day. Chrif would never have emptied himfelf, and become poor, without the most abfolute afsurance, that some were to be enriched by him: and where he begins a good work, this may, and ought to be, considered as a certain pledge, that he will carry it forward to its full perfection ; for he who is " the author," is also “ the finisher of his 46 people's faith.” Rejoice, therefore, in hope of the glory of God.--And till you are brought to the possession of it, be careful, in the

3d place, To use all the means he hath appointed for obtaining larger measures of his grace,

both in respect of knowledge and of influence. Among these means, the þoly facrament of our Lord's fupper holds the most distinguished rank, as it was instituted for this very purpose, to exhibit a sensible representation of the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, in becoming poor for our fake, that we through his poverty might be rich. Here we not only behold him in his lowest state of voluntary humiliation, evidently set forth as crucified before our eyes ;

but likewise presenting to us, and by visible symbols conferring upon us, all those unsearchable riches which he purchased with his blood, and secures by his intercession; which he actually possesseth as the “ head of the church, which is “ his body;" and conveys, by his Spirit, to every member in due season, and measure, as their several necessities and circumstances require. Let us then approach the table of the Lord with faith, and love, and thankful praise ; and while we bless him for the grace he hath already made known to

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us, let us pray for such further discoveries as may strengthen and comfort us in what remains of our journey through this wilderness, till we arrive at those blessed abodes of perfect light, and love, and purity, where we shall see him as he is, without the intervention of ordinances ; and enjoy him fully, without interruption, and without end. Amen.

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dation of the world, but was manifef in these last times for you ; who by bim do believe in God that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory, that your faith and hope might be in God.

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strength or weakness of its foundation. A house that is built upon the loose fand, will soon fall to the ground; nay, the higher it is raised, especially if the materials be weighty, the more sudden and ruinous will its fall be. It must therefore be of the last importance to the Christian, to be fully satisfied in his own mind, that the grounds of his faith and hope in God are fufficient to sustain all the weight he hath to lay upon them. The life of the soul is no trivial matter :

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