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inal of the Gofpel-revelation ; and along with', it pray to God to increase your faiths Luke. xvii. 5.
Do your utmost to clear your own interest in him. Caresully inform yourselves of thetenor of the Gofpel-constitution, that you; may not wrongsully exclude yourselves from the comfort of a covenant-relation. Let the. uniting acts of faith in him, and love to him,.. have a frequent and lively exercise. And especially cultivate. his image and resemblance both in heart and lise.
Hereupon set yourselves often to meditate on. the Gofpel-discovery concerning him. "Consider the apostle and high-pnest of.-:' your prosession, Christ Jesus," Heb. iii. 1. . If you make him and his grace familiar, and frequently present to your thoughts, it will make joy spring up in your hearts, and keep . it fresh and lively.
Let the work of thanksgiving for Christ and his benesits be your daily exercise. This will keep your fouls in a chearsul frame.
Aim at having this for your prevailing and" habitual temper. u Rejoice in the Lord always; and again, I fay, rejoice," Phil. iv. 4.. Recollect the.grace of Christ for your support in every uneafy circumstance of lise. When; you are lamenting the body of death, turn your thoughts hither, with Paul, .*T thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord," "Rom. vii. 24^ 25. "Blessed be God, that through *' Christ it shall not issue in my condemna'* tion, as long as it hath not the dominion ; . »' that by his grace it is-become my burden;
**. and that before he has done with me, I shall be delivered from it." In the troubles of lise, think, blessed' be God, these "shall not separate me from the love of Christt" Yea, "in all these things we are more than conquerors, through him that loved us." If death looks formidable, eye Christ as having by his own death frustrated him who had the power of death ; and fay, " thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."" Endeavour- to have joy in Christ as your governing disposition and principle in the persormance of every duty, aud in your whole course of christian obedience.
v Finally, endeavour to shew the world about you> how.you rejoice in him. By your stedfastness to him, in opposition to. all inducements to unfaithsulness. And by. a chearsul demeanor strive to convince thofe who observe you, that you sind his ways to be ways of pleafantness, and his paths paths of peace.
S E R M O N Mil.
Eph. v. 18. the latter part.
THE right disposition of our fouls to God, which hath been insisted on already, concerns terns all the facred Three irrcommon; Fa* ther, Son, and Holy Ghost. But the Gofpel represents each of them, as sustaining difserent parts of the work of faving lost sinners; and accordingly directs us to distinct practical regards to each. We are taught on the onehand to have " access to the Father, through the Son, and by the Spirit ." and on the other, to expect all benesits from the Father,.through-the Son, and by the Spirit.
I have already. discoursed of the christian frame towards the Lord Jesus, or to the Son as Mediator; and would now mew, how christianity requires us to be. dispofed with reserence to the blessed Spirit, according to the account given us in. Scripture of his peculiar province; and have chofen to make this pasfage my foundation.
The precept in the text stands connected with several practical exhortations laid down in this and the fourth chapters; and is directly oppofed to a caution given in the beginning of the verse. "Be not drunk with wine wherein" is excess: but be silled with the Spirit." t
Intemperance greatly prevailed in the heathen world; and even in fome of the seasts of thek'Gods, particularly in -the seast of Bacchus, wherein it was commonly esteemed not only lawsul, but commendable, to indulge to gluttony and drunkenness. The converts at' Ephesus faw this practice among their neigh. bours, arid possibly might formerly be themselves associates in it; and therefore the apof-. tie warns them against their old sins, and enforces
forces the caution by putting them in mind of
intemperance. "Be not drunk with wine wherein is excess." The word xa-una signisies dissoluteness, all manner of impurities. These were used to follow the heathen excesses in their sestivals, as they are too often the attendants of intemperance in common lise. Now in opposition to this, the apostle exhorts christians to *; be silled with the Spirit." Instead, of the jollity and criminal pleasures, which sensual men are led to by the unrestrained indulgence of their appetites; you Christians Ihould aim at a facred and folid pleasure which is to be had by means of the Holy Spirit.
This exhortation is addressed to thofe who were suppofed to be already Christians, and consequently. to have the Spirit of Christ in. some measure; and therefore must directlymean, that they should aim at a participation of him in a larger and suller measure. But yet, as it is directed to the prosessors of christianity at Ephesus promiscuously, who, for ought that any but God and themselves knew, might fome of them be still destitute of the renewing influences of the Spirit; fo the exhortation may reafonably be taken in such a latitude, as to excite all who name the name of Christ, to labour aster a farther participation. of the Spirit than they have already, according as their present state is; either to begin or to persorm a good work in them. Thofe who are not yet made truly good-by him, tho' ft is not the immediate concern incumbent upon them to be. silled with the Spirit,'yet they.
are are remotely obliged even to that; and in order to it, to take the necessary proceeding steps* I shall then discourse of this proposition, That we aye called by Christianity to be silled with the Spirit.
In- the profecution of which, I shall consider,
I. The meaning of fhis phrase, of " being silled with the spirit." Which will be some account of what the Gofpel reveals concerning the province of the Spirit in the work' of our salvation; and fo-will shew the foundation of the temper required toward him.
II. What is implied in this being made a matter of exhortation to us. Which will lead me directly to explain the dispofition required by christianity in relation to she Spirit.
III. The obligations which lie upon all .who prosess christianity to be silled with the Spirit.
I. I am to" consider the meaning of this phrase, being " silled with the Spirit." Wherein two things are to be distinctly explained: "the Spirit;" and then being ** silled with the Spirit."
First, What are we to understand by " the Spirit," with which we are to be silled? .The observation of three things may give sufsicient light upon this head.
1. That divine perfon, the third of the facred Three, is plainly intended. He, in whofe name we are baptized, as well as the Father and Son. H« is fometimes described in Scripture by additional characters; as the Holy Spirit," or Holy Ghost, the eternal Spirits"