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thority to bestow it upon you. Nay, it is treasured up in him as your Head of influences, and shall be communicated to you in such a manner as he shall sec sit. In a word, he will carry you on gradually to persection, and at last make you persect in holiness,that you may be ever with the Lord.
You fee then what you have to seast upon; and I appeal to yourselves, if it be not a feast of fat things, and sull of marrow, of wines upon the lees, and well resined.
And now, have yoji not the highest reafon to admire the wondersul condescension and grace os our Redeemer? Art thou not now faying, " Whence is "this to me? What am I, or what is my Father's ** house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?" Shall the only begotten of the Eternal Jehovah not only lay down his life for me, but give me his flesh and blood, l)is death and sufserings, to seast upon? Strange, mysterious love! it insinitely transcends my utmostconception; and all I can do, is to cry out with the apostle, "O, the height and depth, the breadth "and length, of the love of Christ! It passethknow** ledge." •
But is there such a feast as this provided for your entertainment? I address you in the words of the prophet Isaiah, " Ho, every one that thirsteth, come "ye to the waters, and he that hath no money ; come "ye, buy and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk, "without money, and without price." - Consider who invites you; it is your SaViour, and best friend he that has loved you, and given his foul a ranfom for you; he that is now remembering you at the right hand of the throne of God his Father, and from whose lips your sinal scntenccTmust proceed* Consider what a noble seast he invites you to; a seast, as you have heard, of fat things sull of marrow, and of wines on the lees well resined, even all the blessings of the new and well-ordered covenant, as purchased bythe shedding of his own precious blood, and Unalterably secured, and ready for your acceptance. And is it possible you can flight and despise hit invitation? How may the angels of heaven, think ye, be astonished at this? And what sullen pleasure will it afford the apostate angels to lee the Lord of Glory, who made no atonement for them, flighted, in the ossers of his love, by the children of men? Can you be such enemies to your own interest, as to resuse his osser? Where can you meet with such another? and how can you possibly escape, if you neglect it? But happy, indeed, unspeakably happy, will you be, if you accept of it, and resign yourselves to him, in a perpetual covenant never to be forgotten.—Finally, Consider that this is, perhaps, the last time that such a call and invitation shall be addressed to you. Many such calls have been given you, and you who are unbelieving and impenitent have flighted them all; and God is now perhaps taking his sinal leave of some of you; for his Spirit will not'always strive with man. While therefore it is. called to-day, hear his voice, and harden not your hearts^ lest you provoke him to swear in his wrath, that ye shall never enter into his rest.
But I hope there are some here who are hungering and thirsting after Christ, and a share in the blessings of his purchase; nay, who have already tasted thia heavenly food, and whose spiritual appetite is by that means enlarged: such I invite to the table of thej Lord. All things are ready on his part; and his call to you is, Eat, O friends; drink, yea, drink abundantly. Study then to have all things ready on your's. Come in the lively exercise of every grace, particularly of saith and love. Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion, put on thy beautisul garments, O Jerusalem, and come in the strength of the Lord your God, making mention of his righteousness,. even of his only. The Spirit and the Bride say, Come j and let him that is athirst come, and whosoever will* let him take of the water of lise freely.
The Invitation To The Blessings Of Christ's Purchase Considered.
Isaiah lv. i.
Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and be that hath no money; come ye, buy and cat; yea, come, buy wlnc and milk, without money, 'and without price.
THESE words are a most ample and gracious invitation to sinners of mankind to come and partake of the blessings of the gospel. The language is sigurative; and the apostle Paul surnishes us with a key to open up its meaning: for, in Acts siii. 33, 34. he speaks of the sure mercies of David, which, in the third verse of this chapter, are said to be the sum of the everlasting covenant that God will make with believers, as flowing from the resurrection of Christ; i. e. having purchased these blessings by his death, he is now, in consequence of his resurrection, invested with power and authority to bestow them. Here, then, the unsearchable riches of grace are displayed; the greatest, the most excellent and: lasting blessings are freely offered, and you are kindly invited to come and partake of them. "Ho, every "one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he
"that "that bath no money; come ye, buy and eat; yea, "come, buy wine and milk, without money, and "without price."
In discoursing on these words, I shall endeavour, by divine assistance, to show you, first, Who are invited, and the qualisication of those that will be made welcome; "Ho, every one that thirsteth." Secondly, What they are invited to partake of,—waters, wine, and milk. Tiirdiy, How we are to partake of the blessings that are offered to us j—we are to come, buy and eat, without money, and without price. And then conclude, by a short practical improvement of the subject.
I. I begin with shewing you, who are invited, and the qualisication of those, that will be made welcome to partake of the unsearchable riches of grace: "Ho, every one that thirsteth."
The call of the gospel is, indeed, addressed to all, without distinction; not to the Jews only, to whom the word of salvation was sirst sent, but to the Gentiles also, who, for many ages, were without Christ in the world; aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants«os promise: Nor is it consined to one nation or samily, to one tribe or kindred of mankind; but extends to all nations, tribes, and kindreds, wherever the gospel is preached. Ye Gentiles, that are amongst the outmost isles of the nations, to you this day is the invitation given. "Look unto me," says Christ, "and be ye saved, "all the ends of the earth." He came to seek and to save that which was lost; to save even the chief of. sinners. In him there is enough for all; and such as come to him, he will in nowise cast out. So that all who live under the gospel, are invited and encouraged to come; and it is no presumption in any, to hope for a kind and gracious reception. "Be"hold," says our mercisul Redeemer, "I stand at "* the door and knock; if any, man hear my voice, "and open the door, I will come in to him, and
"will '* will sup with him, and he with me." In a word, the gospel-covenant excludes none that do not exclude themselves, by having no desire or inclination to partake of the blessings promised in it.
And this brings me to show you, what qualisications those must be possessed of, whom Christ will make welcome to these rich and precious blessings. It is here, as in other parts of Scripture, expressed by thirsting :—Ho, every one that thirsteth. "If any "man thirst," fays our Saviour, "let him come aus* to me and drink."—" Let him that is athirst come, ** and whofoever will, let him take of the water of "lise freely." The import of this thirsting, in general, is a strong and ardent desire aster heavenly and spiritual blessings. But seeing God is pleased, in condescension to our weak capacities, to represent the desires of the foul, by the senfations or appetites of the body, let us consider what this thirsting supposes and implies.
t. It supposes a deep sense and conviction in the foul, of its need of Christ, and falvation through him. A man must be persuaded that he is a sinner, a guilty and perishing sinner, before he can in earnest thirst for the Saviour. Our blessed Lord tells us, that the whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. He that does not see himself condemned, will not sue for a pardon. It is the wounded spirit that seeks aster healing. 'We fly for resuge to lay hold on the hope set hefore us; because we see oarselves in danger of death, from the avenger of blood that pursues us. Christ is lifted up in the gospel, and presented in the promise, for the wretched arid undone to conside in for lise and falvation: but the impenitent sinner does not see his need of him, and has therefore no desire of applying to him for those blessings. So long as ye are sull of this world, and think yourselves, with the church of Laodicea, rich, increased in goods, and to have need of nothing, you will not, you cannot thirst aster Christ, ;:s an invaluable treasure. So long as ye fancy yourselves whole,