Immagini della pagina
PDF
ePub

art my God, and I will praise thee. I will fing unto the Lord as long as I live, I will praise my God while I have my being. Prailed be God who hath not cast out my prayer, nor turned his mercy from me. Blessed be the Lord God, even the God of Israel, who only doth wondrous things. And blefied be the name of his Majesty for ever; and all the earth shall be filled with his majeity. Amen, Amen.

For Deliverance from trouble.- Be mercifutuntome, O God, be merciful unto me, for my soul trusteth in thee, and under the shadow of thy wings shall be my 'refuge, until these calamities be overpait. Deliver mé, O Lord, from mine enemies; for I fee unto thee to hide me. O keep my foul and deliver me; let me not be confounded, for I have put my truit in thee. Mine eyes are ever looking unto the Lord; for he ihall pluck my feet out of the net.

Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and in misery. The forrows of my heart are enlarged, O bring me out of my troubles.

An Address immediately before publicWor/bip.-O Lord, I humbly beg thy holy Spirit to help my infirmities; pour upon methe Spirit of graceană lupplication; help me to praise thy holy name, to hear thy word with reverence and godly fear, to receive it with faith and love, that I may be made wise unto everlasting falvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Another after public Worship.- Lord, pardon the iniquity of my most holy things, my wanderings in prayer, and my inattention in thy service; fanctity my memory to retain the truths I have heard; and deal with me not according to my deserts, but aécording to my needs, and thine own rich mercies in Jesus Cbrist, my blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen.

An Address before Meat.--Sanctify, O Lord, we beseech thee, these thy good creatures to our use, and give us grace to receive them fuberly and thankfully; and to eat and drink, nog only to ourselves, but to thy

glory, through Jesus Christ our blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen,

An Address after Meat.-Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with his benefits, and giveth us all things richly to enjoy; we thank thee, O Lord, for our present refreshment; continue to feed our bodies with the bread that perisheth, and nourish our souls with the bread of life to life eternal, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen,

A REMEDY

Of God's own providing for a Sinner's

Guilty Conscience. How much more shall the Blood of Christ, who through the

eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God. Heb. ix. 14.

is the greatest blessing to the guilty. Every thing has failed answering that end, but the blood of the everlafting covenant; this purges the conscience from deal works. Sins are called dead works, because they deferve eternal death, which is the certain wages thereof.

By purging the conscience from dead works, we are to understand cleansing the conscience from the guilt that was contracted by the committing them, so that the person is made free from them by having a pardon. It was to take away sin from the guilty, the blood of Christ was fhed (a). This is the infinite remedy that God of his own accord, out of his great kindness, provided.

(a) Matt. xxvi. 28.

It is really effe&ual, by reason of the infinite dignity of - the person, who is of boundless worth and merit; he is

the true God and eternallife (b). Accordingly bis blood, which is unspeakably precious, takes away all fin (C), It alone has procured a complete pardon is for a great 6 multitude that no man can number, out of all kin“ dreds, and tongues, and people, and nations (d)." It is fled for such as are under the power of Satan for the lost and undone, for publicans and harlots, for such as have no strength to pray, love God, or to do any thing that is good; for the wicked and the ungodly, for the enemies of God himfelf (e).

The charge given by the Lord himself, after his resurrection froni the dead was to preach these glad tidings: Go, faith he, into all the world, preach the gojpel to every creature. Accordingly they proclained peace through his blood (f), assuring all that heard them, that through his name, whoever believed, fiould receive the remision of fins (g). Could we ask the various forts of finners that have been faved, and are now in heaven, how they came there? they would all of them afcribe their salvation to Jesus Christ. The extortioner, the persecuter, the swearer, the unclean, the thief, and the drunkard, how came such wretches to enter that holy place, to be in the presence of the infinitely pure Jehovah? They would praise the riches of free grace, in and through the atoneinant; and would say, Jejus loved us, and washed us from our jins in his own blood (h); He was fịain, and bas redeened us to God by nis blood (i). Our robes were wafbed, and made white in ihe blood of the Lamb (k).

The conscience is purged, before the person serves the living God: so that though you have not nor canpot serve God aright, che cleansing, which is the forgiveness of fin, is free for whoever believes (!). It is for the finner as a finner, for the ungodly. It is wich

?b! 1 John v. 20. (c) 1 Pet. i. 19. 1 John i. 7. (d) Rev. vii. 9. (e) Rom. v. 10. Acts X. 36. (3) Ibid X. 43. (h) Rev. 1. 50 filbid vigo (k) Ibid vii. 14. (1) Acts xiii. 39

out money and without price. Any finner, whoever will, let him take the water of life freely; for it is a fountain open to cleanse from sin and all ungodliness (m). It is the kindness of Heaven, arising out of the unsearchablerichesof God's grace, and very consistent with the infinite justice and glory of the Almighty.

SINNER. Quest. 1. As his blood was not shed to cleanse the consciences of all, how can I have any satisfaction that the benefit belongs to me?

Anfw. If you believe, you may depend upon it, it is yours, as sure as the proclamation from heaven is true (n).

SINNER. Queft. 2. Belive what?
Answ. Believe these two things :

1. That God out of his infinite kindness, gave his Son to be a complete Saviour, and that he has done all God requires and the soul wants.

2. And believe that what Christ did, is free for the wicked and the ungodly, for the graceless and unqualified perishing finner.

As soon as this is understood, there is relief, in what condition soever the person-finds himself. It is then the conscience is purged by the atonement or blood of Chrift. Where there is no relief, there is some defect in the discerning or belief of this truth, 1. Either from a suspicion that there is not enough done to suit him, whichamounts to the fame thing as not believing Jesus to be the Christ; or, 2. . From a mistrust that it is not free, which is a disbelief of the gospel; for that again and again assures us, it is free to every one that believes.

The case is evident; for if Christ has done all that God required and the soul wants, and there is a proclamation from the King of Heaven, that this is entirely free; if I am not relieved thereby, it must be because I do not credit it, which arises from my not understanding the tidings to be true; for every thing I understand to be true, I must believe, whether I will or no.

(m) Zeck, xiii. 1. (n) John iii. 14. 16. Acts xiii. 39.

[ocr errors]

Accordingly, the work of the Spirit of God is to teach a person to know the things freely given us of God ro). For instance, suppose you have been a Heathen; Pagan, drunkard, swearer, unclean : If you understand the Gospel, you must believe the glad tidings therein suits you. If you have been hypocritically false, it suits your condition. Are you in a dead unprofitable frame. that you can neither love God, nor do any thing aright? The good news is every way suitable to one in your circumstances. Is there enmity in your heart against God and his ways? Consider the precious blood was shed for enemies (P). Suppose you can do, or bring nothing to recommend you, it fuits there, for it is free. When the Spirit of God teaches any one to understand the plain report of the gospel concerning the atonement thus, the conscience is purged, there is relief, there is ease immediately without any more ado. This begets love to this free falvation (9): The wonderful kindness discovered therein, which is the love of God, which is quite opposite to the service of fin (r), the worship of Mammon ()), and the friendship of the world (t). If your conscience be purged from dead works, you are called upon by him in his word to his service, and informed there what service he has for you, and at the same time it tells you, that where he is, there shall his fervants be ere long.

SINNER. Queft. 3. But I can find no love to God and his people; and without that, how can I have relief from the blood of Christ ? For where love is wanting, nothing profits.

-Ans. The blood of Christ is thed for the unqualified, to purge the conscience from that sin of not loving God, who is infinitely deserving of all our love, it has procured a pardon of that great sin (u): And can I forbear loving of that which cleanfes me from the de.

(0) 1 Cor. ii, 12. (p) Rom. v. 10. (9)2 Cor. v. 14. I John. (r) Tit. ii. 11. 12& Mat. vi. 24. (1) James iv. 4. 1 John ii. 15. (u) 1 John v. 17 Acts viii. 39.

« IndietroContinua »