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be done on earth, as it is in heaven: particularly with respect to our own Souls, and the Souls of our families, and friends, and acquaintance; yea of all who now live on the face of the earth, who have not sinned the unpardonable sin. Lord, awaken us to see the absolute need of a Saviour, and to seek him with the whole heart, and deny not thy grace earnestly sought. This we beg in thy name. Lord, grant it, that the Father may be glori

.fied in thee.

15. If ye love me, keep my commandments. 16. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17. Even the

Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

Thou hast said, "If ye love me, keep my command“ments." Lord, help us to remember this; and also what thou hast further said on this subject: "He that "hath my commandments and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me and again, "If a man love me, he will keep my words:" and again, "He that loveth me "not, keepeth not my sayings." O infinitely amiable Saviour, cause us to love thee above all things, and to keep thy sayings in our memories, in our hearts, and in our lives. How happy shall we be, beyond expression, when "beloved of thy Father and of thee,” and enjoying his peculiar presence and thine in our hearts! For thou hast said, "We will come unto him, and "make our abode with him :" and, "I will pray the "Father, and he shall give you another comforter, that "he may abide with you for ever." Come then, heavenly Father! Come, Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God : Come, holy Spirit! and dwell in these hearts, and make them fit habitations for thy glory. And be not offended when we seek to keep up intercourse with thee, as dwelling with us; for thou sayest, "We will make our "abode with him." Adorable condescension! It is impossible we can be solitary, or in want of counsel or comfort, when we have such heavenly company in our

hearts. O infinite Jehovah, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; we desire to prostrate ourselves before thee in the deepest humility and gratitude.

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18. I will not leave you | Iscariot), Lord, how is it that comfortless I will come to thou wilt manifest thyself unto you. 19. Yet a little while, us, and not unto the world? and the world seeth me no 23. Jesus answered and said more; but ye see me because unto him, If a man love me, I live, ye shall live also. 20. he will keep my words: and At that day ye shall know that my Father will love him, and I am in my Father, and ye in we will come unto him, and me, and I in you. 21. He that make our abode with him. hath my commandments, and 24. He that loveth me not, keepeth them, he it is that keepeth not my sayings and loveth me and he that loveth the word which ye hear, is not me shall be loved of my Fa- mine, but the Father's which ther; and I will love him, and sent me. 25. These things will manifest myself to him. have I spoken unto you, being 22. Judas saith unto him (not yet present with you,

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Thy disciples were poor destitute orphans when left by thee. What are we, if thou shouldst leave us? Blessed be thy name, thou hast said, "I will not leave you orphans :" and, "I will come to you. The world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall "live also." All thy members live by union with thee their head. O blessed life, which cannot be impaired by any bodily diseases or adversities whatsoever. Lord, give us this life, and enable us to say with thy apostle from happy experience, "I live; yet not I, but Christ "liveth in me." And thou addest, "At that day ye "shall know, that I am in my Father, and you in me, "and I in you." How intimate! how mysterious is the union betwixt thee and thy true disciples! Lord, destroy every thing in these souls that is not consistent with such a glorious and blessed privilege. If we are of those who are in thee, and thou in them," what more can be desired for holiness and happiness? O to be sure that is so indeed.

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26. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all

things, and bring all things to vour remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

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Thou knowest what need thy disciples have of comfort, and of instruction and direction in this dark and miserable world: Therefore thou hast promised thy Holy Spirit to be their comforter, and their teacher, and guide. Glory be to him who condescends to perform these offices to such mean and unworthy creatures. He is the "Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him." But thou hast said, "Ye know him, for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you:" and, "He shall teach you "all things." And we find this promise belongs not to thy apostles only, but to all thy disciples; for it said, "Little children, ye have an unction from the holy one, .. and ye know all things." Lord, give us thy Spirit to teach us, that we may not be deceived in any thing, in which thy glory, or the salvation of our own or other souls, is concerned. Heavenly Father, thou knowest this gift is more necessary to us, than bread is to a starving child. As we would not, therefore, refuse bread to any of our children; we beg and hope, through Christ, thou wilt not refuse us thy Spirit: 'and may he guide us into

all truth.

27. Peace I leave with you, you. Let not your heart be my peace I give unto you: not troubled, neither let it be aas the world giveth, give I unto | fraid.

Is not this that peace of God which passeth all understanding, which rules in the hearts of thy saints, and keeps them? O give us this peace, that we may know thou art our friend, and thy Father is our Father, and may fear no evil: and whatever disturbs this peace, may we hate and shun it as our enemy. It is thy peace, Lord; the peace which cost thee thy blood: a divine glorious peace, worth a thousand worlds. Give us this peace, and our hearts shall not be troubled, neither shall they be afraid, come what will. Let us not mistake carnal security for this peace. We beseech thee, Lord, let us not deceive ourselves. O give us peace of a right kind; thy peace; not as the world, or Satan, or sin,

or a seared conscience, give; but thy own peace. Lord,

do it.

28. Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice,

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because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.

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At other times thou saidst, "I and my Father are one. How shall we reconcile these expressions? Lord, teach us. Is it not, that in thy divine nature thou art one with the Father; but as man, as mediator, thou art inferior to him? And here we are taught to rejoice, that after finishing thy Father's work, thou wentest to him to be glorified. Give us, Lord, to know the sincerity of that love, which we hope thou hast put in our hearts towards thee, by a real and sensible joy in thy exaltation. What though we be low, and poor, and despised? What though many of thy saints are in the same mean condition? Our blessed head is exalted, and set by his Father at his own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come; and hath all things put under his feet. Let us therefore, amidst all our private troubles and disappointments, rejoice in thy exaltation.

29. And now I have told that when it is come to pass, you before it come to pass; ye might believe.

These great things concerning thy death and exaltation, and the mission of thy Spirit, thou didst foretel ; that when they came to pass, thy disciples might believe. Thou knowest the importance and necessity of believing. O give us true faith, and increase it.

30. Hereafter I will not talk much with you for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. S1. But that the world may know

that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.

Satan, the prince of this world, came and instigated Judas to betray thee, and the Jews and Romans to put thee to death, though there was no cause. And no doubt he would have tempted thee to distrust thy Father, or to draw back, if he had been able; but there was nothing in thee for his temptations to take hold upon. Thou wouldst not sin; but thou patiently submittedst to suffer, because it was the will of thy Father, that the world might know thou lovedst the Father, and didst every thing according to his commandment. Adored

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be thy willingness and cheerfulness in laying down thy life. Arise, let us go hence :" As if thou hadst said, "I must not stay here any longer, I must go to the "place where I am to be apprehended." All Glory

to thee.

SECT. XXXI.

Continuation of Christ's consoling Discourse to his Disciples.

CHAP. XV.

Am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2. Every branch in me that bear eth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide. in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide 5. I am the vine, ye

in me.

are the branches. He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered : and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

Here we are taught that thou art the true vine, and thy Father the husbandman, and thy disciples are the branches of this vine. But there are two kinds of branches. Some who are not vitally united to thee, and therefore can do nothing; who do not abide in thee, and therefore do not bear fruit. Such thy Father taketh

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