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SECONDLY: Christ's words are therefore 66 life:” Since the soul of man must be supported, nourished, strengthened, and provided for as well as the body. THIRDLY: Christ's words

are here justly said to be life: because the word of Christ, or the word of God, teaches, relates to, terminates in, and produces a

good life”—which life alone truly deserves the name of life, properly so called ; which is indeed also practical, spiritual, and eternal life.

Lastly: Comes the use and application of the subject, viz. How are we to make Christ's words thus efficacious to ourselves, so that we may experience the full truth of the text, and the full accomplishment of it's divine contents.

The words that I speak unto you, says Christ, “ are spirit and life:" not to the Jews only, but to the Christians also; not to the first disciples of our Lord, but all his disciples in all ages.

First, then, our Lord declares his words to be spirit and life; because they chiefly relate to spiritual, theological, and eternal subjects.

For every one has a soul as well as a

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body. The soul lives for ever. The body must shortly die. The word of God is chiefly for the use of the soul. We are fallen from our innocence. We require divine instruction. The light of reason or of nature, as it is called, cannot shew us even this our sad estate; and much less our remedy, recovery, and cure. Hence the necessity, importance, and use of a written revelation from God to man—such as we have the unspeakable priviledge to know. And as God originally breathed into man's nostrils the breath of life; and does the same continually; . so likewise do our souls animate our bodies--so far in a common natural way and manner. But by sin our souls are dead while they seem to live. Through sin “it is appointed unto men once to die.” And after this comes“ Judgment,” which is the second death, to all who die out of Christ; or, which is the same thing, who are not alive to God, by a piew and a second birth; or, which also is the same, who have not died to sin, and experienced a new birth unto righteousness here below, through the word of God received in heart and life.

Which leads me in the second place to shew, that the soul of man must be nourished, strengthened, provided, satisfied, as well as the body. But, alas! how few consider this as they ought. Employment for the mind is indeed commonly sought after, and the propriety thereof acknowledged. But, what says the scripture? “ Man shall not live by bread alone; but by every word which proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” “ Labour not for the meat that perisheth ; but for that which endureth unto everlasting life.” And “except ye eat the flesh of the son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you." “I am the bread of life,” says Christ, 6 which cometh down from heaven; which “ if a man eat thereof, he shall live for “ ever.” The soul of man must therefore spiritually feed

upon Christ Jesus, with its affections and thoughts; not merely at the sacrament, but every day and hour of his life. Hence, says the Apostle, 6 I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ within me. And the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the son of God, who loved me, and

gave himself for me.” And again, to every

believer_“ you,” says St. Paul, “ hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins.” If you ask, who is this that quickens these dead, lost, undone souls? I answer, in the language of the Gospel“ As the Father quickeneth, so the Son quickeneth whom he will.” “ Christ is the resurrection and the life, the judge of quick and dead.” And the spirit of God operates, applies, and carries into outward effect our life, which is hid with Christ in God.--And it is also written, that “ the word of God, or the everlasting gospel, or the truth, as it is in Jesus," made manifest for christian faith to lay hold of this word, gospel, or truth, is said to be " the savour of life unto life; or the savour of death unto death.". That is, according as it is received, or not received, in heart and life. know, our blessed Saviour is called the “word;" who, as he created all things in that character, so likewise he redeems our souls by his divine truth. And as sanc. tification is perpetual redemption, he saith,“ now are ye clean, through the word that I have spoken unto you.” And surely there is not any more efficacy in Christ's

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express words, recorded by the Evangelists, than there is in every other part of the Bible. For “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

But, thirdly, Christ's words are “ life;" because they have a práctical, or vital tendency. For “. Christ came to save us from our sins, not in in our sinsHe is our example.

“ Without holiness, no man shall see the Lord. The law is good; and the commandment holy, just, and good. I know that his commandment is life everlasting. The grace of God, which bringeth salvation, hath appeared unto all men: teaching us to deny all ungodliness, and worldly lusts, and to live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.” Not one single truth is there in the Bible, but what is of a moral, pure, holy, practical, and vital tendency. The voice of God, either in threatenings, or promises, in precepts, or examples, in angels, and in men, and above all in Christ Jesus our

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