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forth—some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt. What a world of meaning, then, is wrapped up in that word Eternity! What a fearful alternative-eternal bliss or everlasting woe! and yet that alternative describes my own personal destiny.

I am a sinful and responsible creature. I am conscious of a propensity to evil; I am sensible of a natural aversion to what is good. Never was a truer word spoken than that of the apostle, “In my flesh there dwelleth no good thing. And often have I actually sinned in thought, word, and deed, and in these do I sin daily. God's Word tells me that I am guilty, and my conscience acknowledges the truth of the charge. And yet I am going into the presence-chamber of the Most Holy God; and when my soul stands in the spirit-world, before the Judge of all the earth, it must be conscious of all this world's depravity and sins! It is written, that all must die; but it is also written, that after death cometh the judgment. “We must all appear before the judgment-seat of Christ, that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” Well, therefore, may I ask the question, "What must I do to be saved ?"

But I rejoice to know, tħat however guilty and unworthy I may be, God has provided salvation for many as guilty and unworthy. This is the very end of the Gospel, to offer salvation to “ the chief of sinners.” Jesus came from heaven, was incarnate in human flesh, and died the painful death of Calvary, that repenting sinners might have peace and pardon. He came 6 not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."

“ Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved."

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“God so loved the world, that He gave His onlybegotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” There is hope, then, in God through the living Redeemer -in that hope is all my confidence-and as I bear the name of Jesus already, having been devoted to Him in holy baptism, so, with all my heart, would I cleave to Him as able to save me to the very uttermost. Let me stir up my heart, then, and all that is within me, that with faith, and in the spirit of genuine devotion, I may meet with God my Saviour in His own blessed ordinance.

PRAYER. O Lord, Thou art my God, early will I seek Thee. My soul longeth for rest and can find it only in God. I will arise, then, and go to my Father; I will confess mine iniquities; I will be sorry for my sin; I will turn unto the Lord, who surely will have mercy upon me; unto my God, for He will abundantly pardon. Jesus has died-yea, rather, He is risen again, and is now our Advocate and Intercessor with Thee, the Father. Open, then, Thine ear to hear, O my God; stretch forth Thine hand to help; give me the portion of Thy children--pardon and peace. So shall I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy; so shall I praise Thy name while I have any being, O God, my God, through Jesus Christ. Amen.

SCRIPTURE. “For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus, the same night in which He was betrayed, took bread: And when He had given thanks, He brake it, and said, Take eat; this is my body, which is

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: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also He took the


when He had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in

my blood : this 'do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's death till He come. Wherefore, whosoever shall eat this bread and drink this cup of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.”—1st Cor. xi. 23-28.

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INFERENCES. 1. I see from this, that the Lord's supper ordinance instituted by the Redeemer himself, and designed to be observed in the Church till the very consummation of all things. As the disciple of Jesus, it is incumbent on me to wait on that ordinance. The Saviour has commanded me; and what commandment of His will I keep, if I neglect the “Do this in remembrance of me," uttered on the solemn night in which He was betrayed ?

2. The worthy partakers of this ordinance eat bread and drink wine together in remembrance of the broken body and shed blood of Christ. The action described is a very simple one. It is but eating a little bread and drinking a little wine. But it is a symbolical action, and means a great deal. As the bread is broken, so was the body of the Son of God "wounded for our transgressions, and bruised for our iniquities;" as the wine is poured forth, so was the blood of Jesus shed on Calvary “for the remission of sins unto many.” This ordinance, then, shews forth the death of Christ, and therein the atoning sacrifice for my sins; and not

for my sins only, “but also for the sins of the whole world.”

3. Although it is possible to make an unworthy, and therefore an unwarrantable approach to this ordinance, yet, through Divine grace, that sin may be guarded against. There is a divinely-appointed remedy, and that is self-examination. No fears but that remedy will in every case be an effectual one. He who will prayerfully and earnestly resort to the appointed exercise of self-examination, will not be permitted to fall under so great a condemnation. Let me therefore (1) know what the ordinance means ; let me (2) feel what it represents; let me (3) sincerely desire to be all that it requires; and surely, then, I shall be a welcome guest at the Lord's table, and prepared to “discern the Lord's body.”


“ To get assurance of the love of God and eternal life should be thy great work and business in this world, else how canst thou die with comfort whilst thou are doubting whether thy departing soul shall be damned or saved ? For this end God hath given to fallen man His Word, whereby he might understand his misery, and how he came into it—the remedy, and how he might get out of it, by making known the conditions and terms upon which He is freely willing to receive sinners into His love and favour, and confer upon them Gospel privileges here, and eternal, glorious life hereafter, and hath set to His seal, for a firm conveyance of these great eternal blessings, upon such reasonable, free, and holy terms, as are propounded in the Gospel.”Doolittle.

“ All things are ready,-1. For our justification.


Divine justice is satisfied, an everlasting righteousness is brought in, an act of indemnity hath passed the royal assent, and a throne of grace is erected, at which all that can make it appear that they are interested in the general act, may sue out their particular charter of pardon. There is a plea ready, an advocate ready: “Behold, He is near that justifieth us.' 2. For our sanctification. There is a fulness of grace in Christ, from which we may all receive; the Word of grace is ready as the means ; the Spirit of grace is ready as the author; everything ready for the mortification of sin, the confirming of faith, and our furtherance in holiness. 3. For our consolation. A well of living water is ready, if we can but see it; peace is left us for a legacy, which we may claim if we will; promises are given us for our support, of which, if we have not the benefit, it is our own fault. There is something in the new covenant to obviate every grief, every challenge, every fear, if we will use it. 4. For our salvation ready to be revealed. Angels upon the wing are ready to convey us; Jesus, standing at the Father's right hand, is ready to receive us; the many mansions are ready prepared for us : all things are ready.”Matthew Henry.

“Thou art invited, O my soul, to a royal banquet ; put on thy best apparel then; for the King that bids thee will take great notice of thy dress. It is the marriage supper of the great King; let me then get on the wedding garment, that I may go out to meet the Bridegroom of my soul. Take care that thou appear like a guest, lest the Lord of the feast should look upon thee as an intruder. But come away,

all things are ready! Surely thou dost not stand doubtful whether thou shalt go or not, nor make excuses

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