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the standard, under which you were enlisted to war; have drawn back from the engagements into which you had entered. Remember that they that draw back, forfeit the favour of Almighty God—his soul can have no pleasure in them—and that they that draw back, "draw back unto perdi"tion°." Reflect upon the awful warning of the Apostle, in the Epistle to the Hebrews; "He that despised Moses' law, "died without mercy under two or three "witnesses; of how much sorer punishment, "suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, "who hath trodden under foot the Son of "God, and hath counted the blood of the "covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, "an unholy thing, and hath done despite "unto the Spirit of grace'." To this sore punishment, my friends, all those are exposed, who live in habitual and wilful neglect of their baptismal engagements. If you are of the number of such, let me intreat you, ere it is too late, to reflect upon the danger hanging over your heads. "Escape for your life, for evil is before "you." Flee instantly from the wrath to
° Heb. x. 39. P Heb. x. 28, 29.
come, and labour to bring forth fruits meet for repentance. And because through the weakness of our mortal nature we can do no good thing without God, let us applyto him for grace and help in time of need. Let us say, " Turn thou us, O good Lord, "and so shall we be turned;" and let us implore him to grant unto us the aid of the Holy Ghost to create in us a new heart, and renew a right spirit within us, to enable us for the future to keep steadily to our baptismal engagement, and to preserve us from again going back from it.
THE LORD'S SUPPER.
Luke xxii. 19.
A CHRISTIAN Pastor, anxious for the salvation of the souls committed to his charge, must be very desirous of seeing his people regular communicants at the Lord's table. He knows that nothing ought to keep them from it but absolute unfitness. He knows that if they are unfit for the Lord's Supper, they are unfit for heaven; and that if they are unfit for heaven, they are in constant danger of the condemnation of hell. He cannot therefore but be uneasy to see many—indeed, to see any—of his flock, of mature years and understanding, in the habit of turning their backs upon that sacred rite, which was appointed for their spiritual sustenance.
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With this impression on my mind, I wish now to address you on the subject of the Lord's Supper. In doing which, I shall speak, First, of the institution and nature of this sacrament; Secondly, of the obligation which we he under to partake of it constantly; and Thirdly, of the qualifications necessary in order to partake of it worthily.
I. The institution of the Lord's Supper is recorded in nearly the same terms by three of the Evangelists, and by St. Paul in his first Epistle to the Corinthiansb. The substance of them all is given in the Communion Service of our Church, in which we are reminded, that " our Saviour Christ, in "the same night that he was betrayed, took "bread; and, when he had given thanks, "he brake it, and gave it to his disciples, "saying, Take, eat, this is my body which "is given for you: do this in remem"brance of me. Likewise after supper he "took the cup; and, when he had given "thanks, he gave it to them, saying, Drink "ye all of this; for this is my blood of the "New Testament, which is shed for you,
"Chap. xi. 23—25.
"and for many, for the remission of sins: "do this, as oft as ye shall drink it, in re"membrance of me,"
From this account we find, that the Lord's Supper is to be looked upon as a memorial, or commemorative act. We are commanded to eat the bread and drink the wine in " remembrance" of Christ; to put us in mind, or make us remember, that his body was broken or wounded upon the* cross, and his blood poured forth for our sakes. And while it puts us in remembrance of these things, it ought to excite in us those affections, those emotions of heart, and especially that thankfulness, which such a wonderful instance of mercy deserves.
But though the Lord's Supper is to be regarded as a memorial or commemorative right, yet if it were to be considered in this light only, it would hardly deserve to be called a sacrament. For a sacrament, as we are taught in the Church Catechism, is not only " an outward and visible sign of "an inward and spiritual grace given unto "us," but also, " a means whereby we re"ceive that grace, and a pledge" or token "to assure us" that we do receive it. Now