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to temptations, tempt me not from my allegiance and fidelity: The vows of God are upon me fealed at the facrament, and recorded in heaven : Not one of my fellow communicants, but will be witnesses for God,, that they saw me personally and publicly own and reAew my covenant with him: Wherefore, for my oath's fake, and thofe that fat with me, I will not do this evil, and fin againft God. Shall I alienate and pollute the heart fo folemnly devoted to God ? Shall I make light of my oath, turn difloyal to my King, and false to my God? Shall I ever be fo ingrate or perfidious, as fora get his kindness to me, or my vows to him ? Shall he escape that doth fuch things or, shall he break the covenant and be delivered ?

Thou haft great need to pray that God may fix the lafting impression of thy vows upon thy heart, for it is naturally deceitful, prone to forget God and gad after the vanities of time. Cry with the Psalmist, Pfal. cxix, 36. 37. “ Incline my heart unto thy teftimonies, and not unto covetoufress: Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity, and quicken thou me in thy way.Let me never be so eager upon the world, as to forget to retire to converse with my Saviour: Let me never fo perplex myfelf with worldly business, as to omit to pray, to meditate, to read and sing due praifes to my God. No, no; I will fay to the world and all time's things, I am not at my own disposal : "I have sworn, and will perform, that I will keep God's righteous judge ments." O how deeply am I obliged to him that has paid my debt! What shall I render unto the Lord ? Lord, though I can do nothing that is fatisfactory, let me do something gratulatory. Chrift gave himself a sin-offering for me, let me give myself a thank-offering to him, let me offer up myfelf a living sacrifice to my Redeemer, who offered up himself a dying facrifice for my redemption.

Direct. VII. See that you crucify Sin, after you i have been seeing Christ Crucified set forth before

your Eyes in the Sacrament. HATH sin been fo cruel as to put to death the Son of Got? See that henceforth you have no pity upon the murder 's of Christ your Saviour. As Saul eyed David to kill him, so do you eye those traitors, your Gus, from this day forward to kill and destroy them. Never correspond or prley with them any more; nenever entertain a favourable thought of them; nor give them a kind look again, seeing they have done so horrid and inexcusable a deed.

O communicant, halt thou féen Christ ftruggling to fatisfy justice for sin, and save thee from it; and, will you after all chuse wilfully to walk in fin ? Will you not burn the spear that pierced him, and break in pieces the nails that crucified him ? Every one of Christ's wounds is a mouth opened to plead for your wounding and killing of sin. Had you seen Chrift wrestling in the garden in his bloody agony, sweating great drops of blood, lying on the ground; had you heard him utter these words, “ Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me :" Had you seen his soul beset on all hands by your błyody fins, and even brought to a nonplus, John xii. 27. when he know not (to speak with reverence) well what to say; had you seen him bound, led and nailed to the cross, with a black angry cloud upon his soul, crying out, “ My God, my God, why halt thou forsiken me ?" Would you not have vowed a revenge upon sin ? O could you have loved or hugged the soldier, or been fond of the spear that pierced his blessed ūde? Well, O communicant, this thou doft, when thou huggest thy fins, and especially when thou entertainest thy predominant lust or darling Gn: Your other lins are as the nails in his hands and feet; but this as the spear that made a great wound in his side, and went nearer his heart than any of the rest.

Oh, never suffer an to live any more in you, that would not suffer your Saviour to live in the world ; ne

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ver allow that a room in your heart, which would not allow him a room amongst the living on earth. O beware of crucifying Chrift afresh. Never dispute any more, when a temptation is presented, whether Christ or Barabbas should be preferred; your lusts denied, or Christ crucified: But presently cry out against your lufts, “ Crucify them, crucify them.” Have you seen God taking off your former burdens, and laying them upon the back of his dear Son, who willingly took them on for you, though they pressed him down to the earth? O then, go not to lay any more loads upon him. Hath he taken you and washed you from your fins in his own blood ? O do not return with the fow that is washed to her wallowing in the mire. Hath the Lord been graciously sealing the pardon of your fins ? Go not to 'turn his grace into wantonness, by venturing to run on in a new score. If you have washed your feet in the blood of the Lamb, o beware of defiling them again.

Direct. VIII. Walk always under the sense of God's

all-feeing Eye upon you in every ching you do.

A HOLY and circumspect walk is what every communicant should endeavour, especially after the sacrament; this would tend, not only to your own peace and comfort, but also to the glory of God, and the promoting of his interest and kingdom in the world. Were your lives tender, circumfpect, and shining in holinefs before the world, there would be little need of miracles to confirm the word, or convert infidels ; for your conversations would allure strangers, and mightily recommend religion unto them ; so that they might thereby be drawn to seek acquaintance with the God of holy communicants, as Nebuchadnezzar was with the God of Daniel: and thus you would be instruments of turliing many to righteousness, and so shine as the stars for ever and ever. !

Now, if you would shine in a holy walk and exemplary conversation, then you must, like Caleb, " walk after Gad," Num. xiv, 24. you must imitate him in his

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holiness and purity. Again, you must like Enoch, walk with God, Gen. v. 22. live in communion and fellow ship with him. And then, you must, like Abraham, walk before God, Gen. xvii. i. live and carry as those who believe he hath a special eye upon you in all that you do. And when you go about any action or business, spiritual or temporal, say to your souls, “ I have a watchful eye over me, that pierceth into all my thoughts, that discovers the principles from which I am acted, and the ends to which I move: Let me act then, as one that still believes this, as one that must shortly be accountable to God for all I do, and I know not how foon.” . Or, say to this purpose, “ Now I am going a bout such a busness, such a duty; and, if Christ thall send for me at the end of it, what account will I be able to give of my management to him? What do I know, but at the end of this duty I may either be in Abraham's bosom, or in a gulf of misery ?”

Walk now in all your steps, as if you saw Christ crucified before you, breathing forth his dying love to loft finners, and pouring out his blood to cleanse them from fin. Would not that be a great aw-band upon you, to restrain you from fin? Walk now, as a damned soul would walk, were he again to live under the offers of mercy: How diligently (think you) would he obey, how fervently would he pray, and how peremptorily would he reject all temptations to fin? So ought every fincere communicant to do, that intends to please God and walk worthy of the vocation wherewith he is called.

Direct. IX. Endeavour to walk cheerfully and con

tentedly under every lot and condition.

YOU may look for trials and difficulties while yon sojourn in this world : But, in midst of all, you should aim to be much in the eunuch's frame after the seal of baptism, Acts viïï. 39. who “ went on his way rejoicing." Have you got the seal of God's covenant? Then, whatever your afflictions be, you cannot but have a res viving cordial, for your fins are pardoned. Let not

worthy worthy communicants say they are fick, when their iniquities are forgiven them. Should they walk dejectedly, who have got an interest in the new covenant fecured, and all the promiles and privileges of it ratified and confirmed to them ? For, what do they want, bar is to be had here? Whatsoever is a blessing is secured here, either far crified riches, or a contented poverty.

A worthy communicant may say, Let God do with me as he will in this world, I desire to be content, sceing ne hath engaged himself to be with me in all states and conditions, and to order all things for my advan. tage : Surely “ he cannot lie, he cannot deny himfelf;" all his words are oaths for their certainty, and all his pro.rifes " the fure mercies of David.” Let my cové. Nanted God chule out my lot for me, surely it shall be with more wisdom and with more affection than I can chufe for myself. He whom Almighty wisdom and goodness takes a fatherly care of, and hath engaged to teed, cannot but have enough. If Christ be mine, all things are mine ; nothing is excluded, where he is included.

DinecT. X. Delight in the company of the People of

God.

SHAKE off all ungodly fociety, and have your hearts Jinked to all thofe that bear Chrift's image. Set the Pfalmift's example before your eyes in this matter, Pfal. exix. 115. “ Depart from me, ye evil doers, for I will keep the commandments of my God." And verse 63. I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts. It is a true saying of solomon's, Prov. xiii. 20. ^ He that walketh with wise men, shall be wise ; but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.” Make the liveliest of God's people your greatest intimates, and upon all occaliona improve their fellowship to the best advantage. Beware of the cooling of your affections to the people of God; but let that divine sentence still run in your minds, 1 John iv. 11. « Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another." Let the love of God, manifested to you at

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