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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 NOCENCE--UNDER THE Christ, did most religi- GOVERNMENT ously keep up the remem- OWN REASON—and UNbrance of the promised DER 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 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 ordained.

This was the promised Now, that you may be Seed! promised to Adam, more sensible of, and as He that should break thankful to God for this the serpent's head, or

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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 I displeasure of God, and

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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 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 which are absolutely nesuitable satisfaction

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:

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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.

SECTION II

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 more 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 officed. 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

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