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lead sinners to repentance , His infinite loving-kindand amendment of life, ness, and that you may be when they saw that their fully convinced of the nesins could not be forgiven, cessity and blessing of a but by the death of an in- Redeemer, you ought to nocent creature, bleeding know and consider, that and dying before their our Saviour and Redeemer eyes, to make an atone- came not until man had ment for sin.
been tried in all condiAnd as all good men, tions,—In a STATE OF INbefore the coming of Christ, did most religi- GOVERNMENT ously keep up the remem- OWN REASON—and UNbrance of the promised Seed, and obtained the BY MOSES. All which pardon of their sins, and methods of Providence, acceptance with God, through the perverse will upon offering sacrifices of man, had been rendered through faith in a Re- ineffectual for the amenddeemer, which was to ment of the world.—Notcome ; --so all Christians, withstanding which, such since the coming of that was the goodness of God, Redeemer, are obliged, as that He sent, after all, His they hope for pardon and own beloved Son, to take favour from God, to keep our nature upon Him, and up the remembrance of to assure mankind of the God's great mercy, in tender love which He had sending us a Redeemer, for His poor creatures, and of what that Re- which were ruining themdeemer has done to save selves, without perceivus; and this in the manner ing the danger they were which He himself hath or- in. dained.
This was the promised Now, that you may be Seed! promised to Adam,
sensible of, and as He that should break thankful to God for this the serpent's head, or
power of the devil :-pro- | backsliding, and to fit mised to Abraham, as He us for heaven and happiin whom all the nations of the earth should be And because in the deblessed ;-promised to 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 sufier 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 which are absolutely nesuitable satisfaction to i cessary to make them the divine justice, ofiering 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
1 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 i 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. Ameni.
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