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clearer views of the riches of thy grace, that my unbelief may be confounded : and deeper discoveries of the utter wretchedness of all I am and do, that my pride may be abased: and thus may I thankfully embrace this free salvation, and may be content to be saved from first to last as a sinner.
1 PETER . 22.
IVho is gone into heaven, and is on the right
hand of God; angels, and authorities, and
powers, being made subject unto him. ' · WHAT a glorious contrast are my Saviour's sufferings and exaltations ! He suffered, it became him. The cross was ignominious, but the crown he hath received exceeds in glory. He was crucified in weakness, but now all power is delivered to him in heaven and in earth. The scourges plowed up long furrows on his back ; his face was disfigured with buffetings, his head pierced with thorns ; but now he shineth as the sun goeth forth in his strength, glorious in holiness. The soldiers mocked, and nailed him to the tree.; but angels now bow down, and hail hin over all God blessed for ever. He bowed his head, and died for sin once; now death is swallowed up in victory; the mount of Calvary is exchanged for the mount of God; the reed for the sceptre of the universal kingdom : and the iron nails for that rod of dominion, which shall bruise his enemies to pieces, as the vessels of a potter are broken. What cause then have I to rejoice in my King, so great and glorious in himself, and exalted on my behalf, to reign
the irons ceptre of the mount of God:
till he hath put all enemies under his feet ; if he take my cause in hand, who shall be able to harm me? What are fiends of hell, or men on earth, that I should fear them ? Be strong then, my soul, in the Lord, and in the power of his might ; he will make thee more than conqueror on earth, till he shall take thee to reign with himself in heaven.
THE following texts, as they stand ranged un
der different heads, will afford abundant matter of Meditation; and as the Bible will be the best companion to the Altar, I would wish you ever to take it with you, and employ your leisure moments then, and indeed always, chiefly in considering its great and glorious truths, and meditating thereon.
HEADS OF MEDITATION.
1. LOVE or God. Romans v. 8. John iii. 16. Eph. ii. 4. 1 John iii. 1. Rev. 1. 5. 6. Titus iii. 4. 2 Cor. v. 14.
II. FAITHFULNESS OF GOD. • Heb. yi. 18. Deut. vii. 9. 1 Cor. 1. 9. 1 Cor. x. 13. 1 Thess. iv. 24. 1 John i. 9. 1 Peter iv. 19. Lam. iii. 23.
III. PARDONING GRACE. Isaiah i. 18. Psalm ciii. 8. Neh. ix. 17. Heb. vii. 19. Isaiah xliii. 25. Isaiah xliv. 22. Micah vii, 18. Isaiah lv. 7. 1 John ii. 1. Luke vii. 47. Psalm cxxx. 4. Eph. i. 7.
IV. STRENGTHNING GRACE. 2 Cor. xii. 9. Isaiah xli. 10. Psalm cxix. 28. Psalm cxxxviii. 3. Phil. iv. 13. Col. i. 11. ; .. V. UNDER TEMPTATION. - 1 Cor. x, 13. 2 Peter ii. 9. Heb. ii. 18. James i. 2. Heb. jy. 15. 2 Cor. i. 4. Psalm xlvi..). Psalm xci. 15. Jer. xiv. S.
.VI. Divine TEACHING. Isaiah liv. 13. 1 John ii.-27.. Psalm xxv. 8. Jer. xxx. 34m ^ John xiv. 16. Psalm xxxii, 8. 1 Cor, ü..13.
** 16. Solin 33. ROM. SANCTIT
VII. SUFFICIENCY Of Christ's ATONEMENT AND
VIII. IMPUTATION OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.
. IX. SANCTIFICATION
X. PERSON OF CHRIST,
XI. SUFFERINGS OF CHRIST.
XII. GLORY OF CHRIST.
THE CONCLUSION. As the intention of the foregoing Treatise is,
through the grace of God, to render communicating a spiritual service, it will be necessary to warn those into whose hands it may fall, to be peculiarly careful not to rest upon the ordinance itself, or the exactness of their preparation, according to any form which is prescribed to them, but to look chiefly to their profiting by it ; to observe whether their hearts are drawn near to God in Christ, and in the memorial of his death their expectation of his coming again more enlivened. Formality is the most dangerof all states ; and outward religion, where the experimental knowledge of Christ is wanting, removes persons further from the kingdom of God, than outward vices ; the one puffing, up the pride of vain man, whilst the other lays him open to conviction of his danger. Let it not be imagined that this is spoken to encourage out ward vices, God forbid ; no, but as an awfu waruing to those, who, resting on the form ol godliness, deny the power of it.
May you be not almost, but altogether Christians : and if the great Master of the feast bless these words to your illumination, instruction, edification, consolation or sanctification. His De the praise ; to Him alone the praise is due.