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A Plain and Profitable


On JOHN vi. 37.


The Cause, Truth, and Manner of the
Coming of a Sinner to Jesus Christ;
'with his happy Reception, and blessed

And they Jhall come ivhich are ready to terrlh.
Isa. xxvii. 13.

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A Plain and Profitable DISCOURSE

And they shall come 'which were ready to perish.

Isa. xxvii. 13.

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JOHN vi. 37.

All that the Father giveth me, shall come to me; and

him that cometh to me, 1 will in no wise cali out.

A Little before, in this Chapter, you may
read that the Lord Jesus walked on the Sea
to go to Capernaum, having sent his Disci-
ples before in a Ship, but the Wind was contrary;
by which Means the Ship was hindered in her Paf-
fege. Now about the fourth Watch of the Night,
Jesus came walking on the Sea, and overtook them;
at the Sight of whom..they were'afraid.

Note, When Providences are black and terrible

to God's People, the Lord Jesus shews himself to B them

them in wondersul Manner; the which, fometimes they can as little bear, as they can the Things that were before terrible to them. They were afraid of the Wind and Water; they were alfo afraid of their Lend and Saviour, when he appeared to themin that State.

Bu: he said, Be net aJraid, it is I.

Note, that the End of the appearing of the Lord Jesus unto his People (though the Manner of \ his Appearance be terrible) is to allay their Fears and Perplexities.

Then they received him into the Ship, and immediately the Ship was at Land whither it went.

Note, When Christ' is absent from his People, they go on but slowly, and with great Disssiculty; but when hejoineth himself unto them, Oh! how sast they steer their Course; how foon are they at their Journey's End.

The People now among whom he'last preached, *^hen they saw that both Jesus was gone and his Disciples, they alfo took Shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus. And when they had found him they wondering asked him, Rabbi, when eamest thou hither? But the Lotd Jesus slighting their Compliment, answered, Verily, verily, ye seek me, not because ye saiv the Miracles, but because ye did eat of the Loaves and 'were filled.

Note, A People may follow Christ tar for base Ends, as these went after him beyond Sea for Loaves; A Man's Belly will carry him a great Way in Religion: Yea, a Man's Belly will make him venture sar for Christ.

Note again, They are not seigning Compliments, , but gracious Intentions, that crow n the Work in the Eye of Christ: Or thus , It is not the Toil and Business of Prosessors, but their Love to him, that makes him a.pprove of them.

Note again When Men shall' look fer friendly Entertainment at Christ's Hand (if their Hearts be rotten) even then will they meet with a Check and


Rebuke: Ye seek me not because ye saw the Miracles, but because ye did eat of the Loaves, and were silled.

Yet observe again, He doth not refuse to give, even to these, good Counsel; He bids them labour, far the Meat that endureth to eternal Life,. O how willing would Jesus Christ have even those Professors that come to him with Pretences only, come to him sincerely that they may be saved.

The Text, you will sind, is after much more Discourse, with and about this People; and it is utterred by the Lord Jesus, as the Conclusion of the Whole; and intimateth, that since they were Prosessors in Pretence only, and therefore such as his Soul could not delight in, as such, that he would content himself with a Remnant that his Father had bestowed upon him. As who should say, / am not like to be honoured in your Salvation; but the Father hath bestowed upon me a People and they Jhall come to me in Truth, and in them •will I be satisfied The Text before may be called Christ's Repose; in the fulsilling whereof he resteth himself .content, after much Labour and many Sermons spent, as it were in vain. As he hath by the Prophet, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my Strength for nought, and in vain, Isa. 49. 4.

But as there he saith, My Judgment is ivith the Lord, and my Work voith my God; fo in the next Text he saith, All she Father giveth me, shall come to me; and him that cometh to me, I ivill in no ivise cast out. By these Words therefore, the Lord Jesus comforteth himself under the Consideration of the Dissimulation of fome of his Followers. He alfo thus betook himself to rest under the Consideration of the little Effect that his Ministry had in Capernaum, Corazin, and B'ethsaida; / thank thee, O Father, said he, Lord of Heaven and Earth, because thou hast hid these Things from the Wise and Prudent, and bast revealed them to Babes; even so, Father, 3 2 for.

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