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the following passage, Eph. iii. 17. 18. 117. "That Christ may dwell in your hearts by saith; "that ye being rooted and grounded in love, "may be able to comprehend with all faint?, "what is the breadth, and length, and depth, "and height; and to know the love of Christ, "which passeth knowledge, that ye might be sillu ed with all the fulness of Gcd. \

4. In the last place, From what has been said,learn what is your- most proper employment at the Lord's table. Adore and contemplate the riches of redeeming grace, that great theme which " the angels desire to look into." Think, with humble amazement, on the boundless mercy of God, which reached even to you, and with the highest thankfulness on the honour to which you are admitted, of receiving the sensible. pledges of his love. Dwell on this impenetrable mystery of " Immanuel God with us—God ma"nisested in the flesh." Think on this awful proof of divine justice and holinese, the wrath of God poured out upon his own Son. Think on the perfection of that atonement which is made for the sins of the world. Rejoice in the fulness of that Saviour who is now made " head over "all things to the church and draw, by saith, from his fulness, every necessary supply to yourselves: and as you are now to commemorate his death, with a view to his second coming,. think on that " day of salvation," when he shalt come " to be glorisied in his saints, and admired "in all them that believe;" when you shall enter in triumph into the holiest of all, where ? % Mr no dcubt the mystery of redemption shall be more fully discovered; when saints and angels shall jointly sing that new song, Rev. v. 12, "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain, to receive "power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, "and h :nour, and glory, and blessing;" when the whole pLn of divine grace shall be completed and closed, and the mediatorial kingdom itself brought to a period; for " then cometh the "end, when he shall have delivered up the king"dom to God, even the Father;" when consirmed angel?, and redeemed sinners,. when the whole host cf heaven shall unite in one acclamation, "Hallelujah: for th* Lord God omnipo"tent reignetb."

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Glorying in the Cross,

Galatians vi. 14.

But Cod forbid that I should glory save in the-cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.

AcTion Sermon.

MY brethren, we are this day met to keep up^ •the remembrance of our Redeemer's iuf. firings and death in out; room.' We are to commemorate an event the most important, the most interesting* and the most astonishing, that crea' tion ever beheld. We are to contemplate a subject the most wonderful and mysterious that ever was offered to the mind of man. The incarnation of the Son of God, the King of kings found in the form of a servant, and the Prince of: life expiring on an accursed tree. What is this but the union of things the most opposite and seemingly inconsistent that can possibly be conceived i the union of the most distant extremes of strength and weakness, glory.and badness, honour and shame?' \

In a fort of correspondence and analogy to this great subject itself, nothing can be more op-P 3 posit©-posite than the sentiments formed by believers and unbelievers with regard to it. To the one, it hath a dignity and majesty unspeakably amiable; to the other, it hath a meanness and baseness that is shameful and contemptible. The Apostle Paul often takes notice of this, that it was "to the Jews a stumbling-block, and to the "Greeks foolishness;" and he often discovers his own inviolable attachment to his Saviour, by an open profession of esteem for those circumstances in his character and appearance which a blinded world were most apt to treat with derision and scorn. This is particularly the case in the text, " But God forbid that I should glory "save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ."

By the crosi of Christ, in the New Testament, we are sometimes to understand the sufferings of believers for Christ's fake; but more commonly, and, 1 think, evidently in this place, it signisies his humiliation in general, and particularly hrs crucisixion, to which circumstance our attention is directed, because it was the most base and ignominious of the whole. In this the apostle fays he would glory: nay, he expresses his abhorrence at the thought of glorying in any thing else: "God forbid that I mould glory save In the "cross of our Lord Jesus Christ."' Nothing can be more suited to the employment of this day, and nothing more proper to distinguish between the friends and the enemies of Christ, than this, when carefully attended to; for the one will undoubtedly glory, and the other will as certainly be ashamed'oi his cross.

In discoursing further on this subject, what I propose, through divine assistance* is,

t. To explain the import of the apostle's glorying only in the Saviour's cross.

2. To shew what good. reason every, real Christian hath to glory in it. And,

3. To make some practical application of the subjects'

I. In the firsts place, then, let us explain the import of the apostle's glorying only in the Saviour's cross. What is this object in which the apostle says he would glory? Very wonderful indeed. It is, That Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Mary, was subjected to a long life of sorrow, reproach, and contempt: That towards the close of it, he was arrested, accused, condemned as a malesactor; -and after innumerable and unspeakable indignities, was at last nailed to a cross, au engine of torture of the mofl cruel and painful kind, an-d so shameful, that it was a manner of punishment appropriated to the most detested criminals of the basest rank. What is there here to glory in i and what does the apostle mean by this expression? It means,

1. That he had a high esteem of it, as an event of the greatest moment, and an object worthy of the highest regard. We do not glory in common things, but in things of peculiar dignity and worth. It was not then irrbis view merely what it seemed. He did not consider it, surely, as the execution as a criminal; but said, witk the centurion on Mount Calvary, Truly " this


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