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and his grace which was bestowed upon me, was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but "the grace of God which was with me." Now what fhould have induced Paul to speak after this manner, if it had not been true? Surely this was not the way to make a figure in the world. Had that been his aim, it would have anfwered his purpose far better, to have reprefented his high attainments as the fruit of his own labour and diligence, rather than a mere alms to which he had no previous title. Surely nothing but a regard to truth could have drawn from him fuch humble repeated acknowledgements; and therefore his testimony is altogether beyond exception. And when I add, that he wrote under the immediate direction and influence of the Spirit of God, we are furnished with the most convincing evidence of the abfolute neceffity of divine grace, for beginning and carrying forward a work of fanctification in the foul of an apoftate creature.

They whofe religion lies wholly in fpeculation, who have acquired a refined fyEe 4

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ftem of opinions, but never tried in good
earnest to reduce them to practice, may dif
pute against this doctrine, and flatter them-
felves into a vain conceit of the vigour and
fufficiency of the natural powers they pof-
fefs. But all who are exercised to godliness,
who have put their ftrength to the trial,
(and they only are competent judges in a
question of this nature,) know the truth of
what I have been proving, and will be
ready to atteft it from their own experience.
Nevertheless, as pride is the last part of the
old man that dies, it will be profitable even
for fuch perfons to "be put in remembrance
"of thefe things, though they know them,
" and be established in the present truth."
Have you experienced the power of divine
grace
? have you tafted and feen that the
Lord is good? then furely it is meet that
your fouls fhould blefs him. But, O be
humble! and give check to any felf-exalting
thoughts. Confider both where and what
you are.
You are ftill upon earth, part of
the wilderness lieth before you, and you
muft pafs through the valley and fhadow of
death, before you can enter into the pro-

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mifed land. Many feeds of corruption still lodge in your nature; many enemies beset you both within and without; the fiery darts of the wicked one fly thick on every fide; and nothing lefs than Omnipotence can protect and fuftain you, and carry you forward in fafety to the end of your journey. If you truft in any measure to yourselves, if you depend upon the grace you have already received, as if that would be fufficient for the time to come, you fhall foon get a proof of your ignorance and folly. You need daily grace, as much as daily bread ; for, feparated from Chrift, you can do nothing. Beware, O Chriftians! of undertaking any thing in your own ftrength; for that which is begun in felf-confidence, will most affuredly end in shame and disappointment. Go forth in the name of the Lord of Hofts, faying, with good King Jehoshaphat, 2 Chron. xx. 21. "O Lord, we know not what to do, but our eyes are towards "thee."--And for your encouragement, I shall now,

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thoughts to that all-fufficient grace which is treasured up in Chrift; whereby the weakest of his people are enabled to endure the buffetings of Satan, and fhall finally be made to triumph over all their spiritual

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This is a moft comfortable doctrine, and cannot fail to beget joy and confidence in every believing foul. How completely wretched would the difcovery of our weaknefs make us, had we no knowledge where help is to be found, or no hope that help would be granted to us! But bleffed be God, neither of thefe is the cafe. For,

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ift, An overflowing fountain of grace is fet open to our view. "The Word was made flesh," faith the Apostle John, " and "dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, "the glory as of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth.". "hath pleased the Father," faith the Apostle Paul, "that in him fhould all fulness dwell.” Nay, "In him dwelleth all the fulness of "the Godhead bodily," Coloff. ii. 9. Here then is not only fulness, but all fulness; nay, the whole fulness of the Godhead dwelling

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in Christ Jefus and what words can import a fufficiency of grace, if thefe do not? But may we hope that this grace fhall be imparted to us? Yes, we may. For, in the

2d place, The Scriptures affure us, that all this grace is treasured is treasured up in Chrift for the behoof of his people. I need not mention particular paffages of Scripture for the proof of this, feeing it evidently appears from the whole strain of divine revelation, where Christ is uniformly reprefented as a public perfon, fuftaining the character of Mediator ór Surety, living and dying, not for himfelf, but for the fake of those whom the Father had given him. Hence he is called the head, and believers are ftyled the mem bers of his body. He is compared to the vine; and, in a fuitableness to this figurative representation, believers are denominated branches which grow out of this vine, and derive all their fap and nourishment from it. That remarkable prophecy of Jaiah, chap. Ixi. 1.-3. which our Lord ap1.—3. plied to himself in the fynagogue at Nazareth, is a clear and strong confirmation of this

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