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2. By preparing us for it; by,

1. Enlightning our Minds, S. Joh. üi.
2. Rectifying our Wills.
3. Regulating our Affe&tions.
1. Love; Diligendo Deum plufquam for

ipsos, es alios tanquam feipfos.

Anselm. 2. Joy, Pfal. xvi. 11. Who doth He prepare those Mansions For you, that is, for His Disciples. 1. For such as repent, S. Luk. xiii. 3:

believe, S. Joh. iii. 16. 3. obey His Commands, Hebr.

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1. Comfort to Christ's true Disciples.
2. Examine whether you be so or no

1. By your Love to Him, S. Luk. xiv, 26.
2. By denying ourselves, and taking up our

Cross and following Him, S. Matt. xiv,

24 3. By our sincere Endeavours, at least, to live

according to His Commands.
3. Labour after these Mansions, in the first
Place, S. Matt. vi. 33.

Consider, they are,
1. More real, Prov. xxiii.

necessary, S. Luk. X. 42.
3. certain, S. Matt. xxiv. 35. Ifa.lv. 3.

satisfying, Psal. xvi. 1 1. and xvii 15. S. lasting than the Things belon, S. Joh.

vi. 27.

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S. Joh. xiv. 15. If ye love me, keep my Commandments.

1. DOCTRINE. W&

E ought to love Christ.

1. What is that Love we thould have of Christ?

ii Of Desire.

2. Of Complacency, Psal. cxvi. 7. 2. Upon what Grounds ought we to love Him? 1. Negatively. 1. Not meerly upon Hear-fay or Tradi

tion, S. Job. iv. 20. 2. Nor Custom and Education. 2. Positively. 1. From a Sense of our own Misery with

out Him, Rom. vii. 24, 25. 2.

of His Love to us in our Misery, Rom. v. 6, 7, 8. 3. of the Happiness we may enjoy

by Him, S. Job. ii. 16. S. Luk. vii. 47. 3. What Degree of Love should we have to Chrift? 1. We are not only to love Him above fome,

or moft Things, 2. But above all Things, Phil. iii. 8. S.. Matt.

xxii. 37

1. Above our Sins.

Pleasures, 2 Tim. iii. 4: 3.

Profits.

Honours. 5.

Life itself, S. Luk. xiv. 26. Now, to engage our Love to Christ, consider 1. The Necessity of this Grace.

1. It is commanded, Deut. vi. 5. Exod. xx. 3.
2. It is absolutely necessary as a Means,
1. For the Exercise of all other Graces,

Gal. v. 6.
2. To the Performance of all Duties,

S. Matt. xxii. 37. 3. To the Well-being and Comfort of a

Christian, 1 S. Pet. i. 8. 4. To the very Being of a Christian. 5. To the keeping off the greatest Curse,

1 Cor. xvi. 22. S. Jude 1s. 6. For the entitling us to Heaven, i Cor.

ii. 9.

3.

7. To the evidencing of that Title to us. 2. The Excellency of it.

1. It hath the chiefest Good for its Object,
2. All Blessings to attend it, Rom. viii. 28.
3. It is the highest Accomplishment of the

Soul, Rom. xiii. 10.
4. It is the work of Angels.
5. It is an everlasting Grace, 1 Cor. xiii. 13.

The Reasons why we should love Him. 1. From what He is in Himself, Cant. v. 1. The Center of all Perfections, Gen,

xvii. I. 2. The Fountain of all Goodness, Psal.

Xxxvi. 9.
3. The chiefest Good, S. Luk. xviii. 19.

1. Universal.
2. Infinite.
3. Satisfying, Pfal. xvii. 15.
4. Necessary.

5. Eternal Good.
2. How Good and Loving He hath been to

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us.

1. He made us, S. Joh. i, 1, 2, 3.

2. Came

2, Came Himself to visit us in our own

Natures, S. Job. i. 14. 3. Underwent the feverest Torments for

us, Ifa. liii. 5, 6. Laid down His Own Life to redeem

ours, S. Job. XV. 13. Rom. v. 5,6,7.
$. Hath deliver'd us from the greatest

Miseries,
1.. Sin, A&t. iii. 26. Hebr. ix. 26.
2. Satan.

3. Hell.

6. Hath purchas'd the greatest Blessings

for us ;

1. Pardon, Ephef. i. 7.
2. Acceptance, Gal. ii. 16.
3. The Love of GOD, Rom. v. I.
4: The Graces of the Spirit, S. Joh.

xvi. 7.

5. Heaven. 7. He is gone before, to provide a Place

for us, s. Fob. xiv, 2. 8. He desires nothing for all this, but

only our Love.

Use.

Examine whether you love Christ or no, S. Job. V. 42, S. Matt. vii. 22.

1. By your frequent Thoughts of Him, Pfal.

cxix. 97.

Longings after Him, Psal. lxxiii. 25. 3. Rejoicing in Him, Phil. iv. 4. 4

Fear to offend Him, Gen. xxxix. 9. 5. Care to please Him, i S. Fob, iv. 20. S. Joh. xv. 14.

II. DOCTRIN E.

This our Love to Him must appear by our keeping His Commands.

1. What

1. What Commands ?
1. Moral, S. Matt. v. 17.

1. Toward GOD, S. Matt. xxii. 37, 38.

2. Towards Man. 2. Évangelical, 1. Repentance, S. Mar. i. 15. Consisting, 1. In a real Conviction, S. Joh. xvi. 7. 1. Of the heinous Nature of sin,

Roni. vii. 13.
2. Of our own Sins, Pfal. li.4, 5. Rom.

vii. 18, 19, 20.
2. Cordial Humiliation, Foel ii. 13.

1. For the Multitude, Ezra ix. 6.
2. The Greatness or them, S. Job. iii.

19.
3. Thorow Conversion,

1. From them, Ezek. xxxiii. 11.

2. TO GOD and Holiness, Zach. i. 3. 2. Belief in the Gospel, S. Mar.i. 15. S.Joh.

Especially, believe 1. That there is no way to be saved,

but by Christ, Ait, iv. 12. 2. That He is able to , fave us, Hebr.

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vii. 25.

3. And so to rest on Him, and Him a

lone, for Salvation.
2. How should we keep these Commands ?

1. Obedientially, Hebr. xi. 7, 8, 17.
2. Sincerely, S. Job. iv. 24. 1 S. Joh. iii. 18.
Universally, Pfal.cxix. 6, 128. S. Fam. ii.

10, II.
4. Willingly, Pfal. cx. 3. and xl. 8.
5. To a right End;

1. GOD's Glory, 1 Cor. x. 31.
2. The Credit of the Gospel, I hit. i. 12.

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