Imatges de pÓgina

power of the devil :-pro- | backsliding, and to fit mised to Abraham, as He us for heaven and happiin whom all the nations ness. of the earth should be And because in the deblessed ;—promised

the crees of God, as was before people of Israel as that observed, without shedProphet whom they should ding of blood there could hear and obey, at their be no remission of sin ; peril:-Lastly, promised and it being impossible to David as one whose that the blood or life of kingdom should have no any other creature, or of end. And indeed it was any mortal man, could with this promise, that take away the guilt and God supported the spirits punishment due to sin ; of all who feared Him, our gracious God, both to and were in fear for them- give to mankind the greatselves, until the fulness of est token of His love, and the time for His appear- at the same time to show ance should come.

how great His hatred to And now this promised sin is, by the greatness Redeemer being come, He of the punishments it refirst showed by His own quired, He sent his own example, recorded in the Son to be the propitiation Gospel, how men must for our sins; that is, to live so as to please God. make satisfaction to His And the law of nature, as justice, and to take off well as the law of Moses, the just displeasure which having through sin been He had declared against much obscured and per- sinners. verted, Heexplained them, And His Son (blessed and gave us such other for ever be His goodness!) laws and rules as were knowing how dreadfully absolutely necessary to

sad the condition would mend our nature-to re- be of all such as should store us to the Image of live and die under the God-to keep us from / displeasure of God, and what inconceivable happi- , meet for repentance; as ness they would deprive also to give his Holy themselves of; He there- Spirit to all such as shall fore, moved with compas- sincerely desire Him : sion for so great a cala- and, lastly, to make them mity, undertook to obtain eternally happy after their pardon.

death, if during this short In order to this, He state of trial, which is clothed Himself with our designed to mend our flesh, that, as man, He corrupt and disordered might suffer what our sins nature, they endeavoured had deserved ; and, as He to observe the rules which was the Son of God, He He has given them, and might make a full and i which are absolutely nesuitable satisfaction to cessary to make them the divine justice, offering capable of heaven and Himself a sacrifice for the happiness. sins of the whole world : Stop here awhile, and and for the joy of deliver- adore the infinite gooding so many millions of ness of God, who did not souls from misery, He overlook lost mankind, endured the death of the but sent His Son to recross, and all the afflic- deem us. tions leading to it, which He might in strict juswe find recorded in the tice have required men to Gospel.

have lived up to the law And, by this worthy of nature and reason given sacrifice, all mankind are in the state of innocence, restored to the favour of on pain of being for ever God, and put into a way separated from His preand state of salvation ; sence; but instead of that, God having, for His Son's He has been graciously sake, promised to pardon pleased to accept of our all such as shall repent sincere though imperfect and forsake their sins, obedience, and of our sinand bring forth fruits cere repentance, when we


have done amiss, and re- Grant, O God, that this turn to our duty.

wonderful love may not Consider this seriously: be lost upon me; but and you cannot but ex- that, knowing my sad press your thankfulness condition by nature, I after some such manner may be truly convinced as this:

of the necessity and bless

ing of a Redeemer; and The Prayer.

that I may, with a heart

full of gratitude, join with Blessed be God for ever Thy Church in giving our for this instance of His devoutest thanks to Thee, love to fallen mankind, in and in keeping up the recommitting the miserable membrance of what Thy case of His unhappy crea- blessed Son has done and tures to no less a person

suffered for us ; to whom, than His own Son ! We with Thee and the Holy are not worthy of all the Ghost, be all honour, mercies which thou hast praise, and thanksgiving, showed thy servants. for ever and ever. Amen.


The End and Institution of the Lord's SUPPER


'T. PAUL concludes | under the displeasure of

Corinthians with this re- repentance, in no possimarkable direction ; “If bility of being saved : any man love not the Lord nothing being more grievJesus, let him be Anathe- ous in the sight of God, ma Maran-atha :" that is, than for a sinner to slight Let him be separated from the greatest instance of your communion, as one His mercy that was ever


offered to man, as well as trayed ; and after they the only means of his sal- had observed the Passvation.

over, which had been To prevent this, and to ordained to preserve the hinder sinners from for- | memory of their great getting (which they are deliverance from the bonbut too apt to do) this dage of Egypt, and which token of God's infinite did prefigure, and was love, and to fix the love a prophecy of a much of Jesus Christ

greater deliverance which surely in our hearts and Jesus Christ was to be memory, He himself hath the Author of, not only taken care, that His love for them, but for all manand mercy should through- kind: and which prophecy out all generations be re- was surprisingly fulfilled membered ; He did there- | by that people, without foreordain this Sacrament knowing what they were as a memorial of our re- doing, when they crucified demption, and of His love Jesus Christ the true Pasfor us, as a pledge to

chal Lamb, the very same assure us of it: and as month, the very same day an outward means and of the month, and the very sign of testifying, as well same hour of the day, that as increasing our love to

the Paschal Lamb was Him.

first ordained to be sacriThe holy Apostles of ficed. Christ, who were present Now, after the Paschal when "He first adminis- Supper, as the Apostles tered this Sacrament, give relate it : Jesus Christ us the following account took bread, and blessed of its end and institution : it, and brake it, and gave

They signify to us, in it to his disciples, saying, the first place, that this Take, eat; this is My Sacrament was ordained Body, which is given for by Christ the same night you: This do in rememin which He was be- / brance of Me. He took


also the cup, and gave our natural life, namely, thanks, and gave it to bread and wine. After them, saying, Drink ye this the bread and wine all of this ; for this is My are consecrated, the bread Blood of the new covenant, is broken, and the wine which is shed for you, and poured out, to represent for many, for the remission the death of Christ, whose of sins: This do, as oft as Body was broken, and ye shall drink it, in re- whose Blood was shed for membrance of Me: for as oft as ye shall eat this Then the Minister of bread, and drink this cup, God, as the steward of ye do shew the Lord's Christ's household, apdeath till He come. plies these blessings to

In obedience therefore every person who receives to this command of Jesus this Sacrament, in this Christ, who has delivered devout prayer: The Body us from a much greater and Blood of Christ, which bondage than that of were given and shed for Egypt, - the Christian thee, preserve thy body Church keeps up the and soul unto everlasting memory of His Love, life. His sacrifice, and His And we may be assured sufferings and death, after of it, that this Sacrament this solemn manner.

will be to every worthy First, as an acknow- communicant, what the ledgment, that our lives, tree of life would have and all that we eat or been unto Adam and Eve drink to preserve them, in Paradise ;-- and that as are owing to the bounty they, had they continued of God, we present upon obedient, would have been His Table, by the hands in no danger of temporal of His own Minister, a death; even so we, while portion of His creatures, we feed on this Bread, the best we have for the now endued with a lifesupport and comfort of giving spirit, and live as

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