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God orders or permits us He has also obtained sinners to undergo such for us the assistance of an indignities and afflictions Almighty Spirit, to enable in this our state of trial, us to know and to do that we ought to take our what is necessary to fit us cross patiently as our Re- for heaven and happiness: deemer did ; and be con- and He has prevailed with tent, and even pleased, to God that these shall be fulfil the will of God, in our certain portion, if we following His example are not wanting to ourin His sufferings in this selves. In one word, Jesus life, that we may be par- Christ has entirely freed takers of His glory in the us from all fears of what next.

may come hereafter, if it

is not purely our own In the next place, con- fault. The most unlearned sider the blessing which Christian may know what Jesus Christ hath by His is required of him. The death obtained for us. He greatest sinner may dehath delivered us from pend upon pardon on his the great power which the repentance. The weakest devil had over mankind, Christian may rely upon by procuring us grace to all necessary assistance: resist and overcome him. and the meanest Christian He hath prevailed with is sure not to be overGod to overlook the un- looked. towardness of our nature,

By all which you may to pardon our greatest perceive what thanks you offences upon

owe to God for your great repentance; and being by and good Redeemer, and His death reconciled to for what He has done God, we have, for His and suffered for you ; sake, free liberty to apply which you will do well to Him, as children to a to express in some such Father, for what we stand manner as this. in need of.

our true

The Prayer.

His example to be re

corded. Make me truly Give me leave, O God, sensible of that love which to mention before Thee brought Him down from the death of Thy Son, and heaven, and how sad our the infinite blessings I condition was, which rehave received thereby ; quired such a sacrifice. add this to all Thy May I learn by His pafavours, I beseech Thee, tience, humility, selfthat I may never forget denial, and resignation, these mercies ; never for- | what virtues are most get to be thankful for acceptable to Thy Dithem; but that I may vine Majesty !- And may preserve the

I take Him for my brance of them in the Lord and Master, and manner in which He hath Teacher, and Example ; ordained. I thank thee, and dedicate myself to O God, for that word in Thee, and to Thy service, which Thou hast caused for His sake! Amen. these Thy mercies and

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SECTION VIII

The last inquiry you are to make is, Whether you

are in Charity with all the World ?

ONCERNING, Christ's death till His com

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notice, that the two great To be a solemn token of ends of this ordinance our communion with Jesus mentioned in Scripture Christ, and of our union are :-- The first, To keep and charity with all His up the remembrance of family.

one

To this end He has offence at your words or ordained, that as all actions, this being a duty Christians, high and low, which Jesus Christ Himrich and poor, shall make self has commanded, 1 up one body, of which

And that you be ready to He is the Head; and forgive every person who one family, of which He may have injured you, as is the Master : so they you expect forgiveness of should all eat at God, remembering the Table of one Bread, as a dreadful sentence mensign of that love, and tioned in Matt. xviii. : peace, and friendship, and “ Thou wicked servant, I readiness to help one forgave thee all thy debt: another, as occasion shall shouldest not thou have require, and as members had compassion on thy of the same body will fellow-servant, even as I naturally do.

had pity on thee? And And, indeed, your ac- his lord was wroth, and ceptance with God will delivered him to the torvery much depend upon mentors." your hearty good-will for And lastly, you are to every Christian, and for take care that you love, all mankind.

not in word only, but in Therefore you must take deed, and in truth; that especial care, lest there be is, that you do good, as any person with whom well as give good words, you are not at peace ; and relieve Jesus Christ whom you cannot forgive, in His poor members. and pray for, and do him And believe it for a all the good that can in certain truth, that a charireason be expected from table and forgiving temyou: that you be disposed peris not near so beneficial to make satisfaction to to anybody as to him that any person that has been hath it, it being more blessinjured by you, or who | ed to give than to receive, may have taken just

1 Matt. v. 23:

and to forgive than to in- Thy gracious pardon; and sist upon satisfaction for beseech Thee to fortify injuries and wrongs done my soul against all sugto us.2

gestions of Satan, or my This being so necessary corrupt nature and blind a grace, you will not fail passions ; that I may to beg of God most ear- always be prepared to go nestly to vouchsafe it to to Thine altar, with the you.

same charitable disposi

tions with which I desire The Prayer.

and hope to die.

Thou, O Jesus, madThis is My command- est Thine enemies Thy ment, that ye love one friends, by laying down another as I have loved | Thy life for them. Be you. Hear, O my soul, Thou my Advocate with what thy Saviour has com- God for grace to follow manded thee; He who Thy heavenly charity and loved us, and gave Him- example, that I may overself an Offering and a come evil with good; that Sacrifice to God for us. I, and all the members of

May this Thy love, O Thy family, may love as Jesus, be the motive and brethren ; that we may pattern of my love and always meet at Thy Table charity for all mankind ! as sincere friends, and Where this hath not been part with true love and my practice, I implore affection, as becomes Thy

disciples. Amen.

2 Acts xx. 35.

SECTION IX

General observations pertinent to the subject of the

foregoing sections

BY this reason you this you turn your back upon

On

institution ; the necessity, this Ordinance, it must be as well as the invaluable because you will not be at blessing, of observing it the pains to understand religiously ; and the man- your duty, your interest, ner of preparing yourself and your danger. for it, as often as you have You have not considered an opportunity.

that there is no pardon, And remember, that no grace, no salvation to the oftener you look into be hoped for, but by pleadthe state of your soul, in ing with God what His order to go to this ordi- Son hath done, and sufnance, the less trouble fered, and merited for us, you will have to make and in the manner He your peace with God, when has ordained. you come to die ; and the And if you will consult less danger you will be in your own conscience, it of falling into a state of will tell you, that some of sin and security, which these following are the has been the ruin of an truethough most wretched infinite number of souls. causes of your contempt

Besides this, you will of this command of your have the greatest comfort Saviour. in life when you perceive Either

you

live in some that you are still grow- known sin, or ungodly ing in grace, and tending way of life, which you to that perfection which cannot resolve to formust fit you for heaven. sake :-or, you are not

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