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Nit deeming that your duties are the price
Of divine tavour, or of Paradise ;
Nur. that your best efforts employ'd in these
Are fit exploits your awlul Judge to please.
Why, thus you bafely idolize your tradh,
And make it with the blond of Jelus clash.
You'd buy the blelling with your vile retuse,
And to his precious righteousness abuse.
What! buy his gifts with filthy lumber? nay,
Whever offers this, mult hear him say,

Thy money perith with thy s ul for ay *.”

Duties are means, which to the marriage-bed
Should chalily lead us, like the chamber-maid;
But if with her, instead of Christ, we match,
We not our safety, but our ruin hatch.
To Cefar, what is Cefar's, fh uld be giv'n ;
But Gelar must not have what's due tu Heav'n :
So duties should have duty's room, 'tis true;
Bjt nothing of the glorious Husband's due.
While mears the debt of close attendance crave,
Oir whole dependance God alone must have.
It duties, tears, our conscience pacify, .
They with the blood of Christ presume to vie.
Means are his vallals ; fḥall we without grudge
Discard the matter, and efpause the drudge ?
The hypocrlte, the legalist dues fin,
To live on duties, not on Christ therein.
He only feeds on empty dishes, plates,
Who dotes on means, but at the manna frets.
Let never means content thy ful at all,
Without the Hufoand, who is all in all t.
Cry daily fis the happy marriage hour :
To him belungs the mean, to him the pow'r.


A Call to believe in Jesus Christ, witb fome binte

at the Af and Object of Faith.
'RIEND, is the quellion op thy heart engravid,

" What fhall I do to be for ever fav'd ?” I

Acts vüi. 20.

+ Col. üi. 3.

| Acts xvi. 30

Lo! here's a living rock to build upon;
Believe in Jesus *; and on him alone
For righteousness and itrength thine anchor drop,
Renouncing all thy former legal hope.

Believe, lay thou! I can no more believe,
“ Than keep the law of works, the Do and Live."
True ; and it were thy mercy, didst thou see
Thine utter want of all ability.
New cov'nant graces he alone can grant,
Whom Gud has giv’n to be the covenantti
E'en Jesus, whom the sacred letters call
Faith's object, author, finisher, and all;
In him aline, not in thy act of faith,
Thy fuul believing full salvation hath.

In this new cuv'nant judge not faith to hold
The room of perfect doing in the old.
Faith is not giv'n to be the fed'ral price
Of other blessings, or of paradise :
But Heav'n by giving this, strikes out a door
Ac which is carry'd in still more and more.
N, finner must upon his faith lay stress,
As if it were a perfect righteousness.
God ne'er aflign'd unto it such a place ;
'Tis but at belt a bankrupt begging grace.
Its object makes its fame to fly abroad,
Schule it grips the righteousness of God;
Which righteoufness receiv'd, is, without strife,
Tae true condition of eternal life.

But still, fay you, pow'r to believe I miss.
You may; but know you what believing is?
Faith lies nut in your building up a tow'r
Of fome great action by your proper pow'r.
For Heav'n well knows, that by the killing fall
No pow'r, no will remains in man at all
Fracts divinely good ; Prill foy'reign grace
By pow'rful drawing virtue turn the chase.
Hence none believe in Jesus, as they ought,
'Till once they do believe they can do nought,
Nor are fufficient e'en to form a thought I.

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• Acts xvi. 31.

# Ifa. xlü. 6.

* 2 Cor. iii. 5.

They're conscious in the right believing hour,
Of human weakness, and of divine pow'r.
Faith acts not in the sense of strength and might,
But in the sense of weakness acts outright.
It is (no basting arm of pow'r or length)
But weaknel's acting on almighty strength *.
It is the pow'rless, helpless finner's fight
Into the open arms of saving might :
'Tis an employing Jesus to d, all
That can within salvation's c'mpass fall;
To be the agent kind in ev'ry thing
Belonging t., the Prophet, Priest, and King;
To teach, to pard-ın, sanctify, and lave,
And n thing to the creature's pow'r to leave.
Faith makes us j 'yfully content that he
Oir Huad, our Husb ind, and our All thould be ;
Our righte. vulners and strength, our stock and store,
Our fund for food and raiment, grace and glore.
It makes the creature down to ni thing tall,
Content that Curilt alone be all in all.

The plan of grace is faith's delighful view,
With which it clofes both as good and true.
Unto the truth, the mind's affent is full;
Unto the good, a free consenting will.
The holy Spirit here, the agent chief,
Creates this faith, and dalhes unbelief.
That very God who calls us to believe,
The very faith he seeks, must also give.
Why calls he then ? say you. Pray, man, be wise;
Why did he call dead Lazarus to rise ?
Because the orders in their bobom bear
Almighty pow'r to make the carcase hear.

But Heav'n may not this mighty pow'r display. Most true ; yet still thou art oblig'd t'obey. But God is not at all oblig'd to stretch His saving arm to such a finful wretch. All who within salvation-rolls have place, Are fav'd by a prerogative of grace : But vessels all that shall with wrath be cramm’d, Are by an act of holy justice damn'd.

2 Cor. xii. 9.

Take then, dear fuul, as from a friendly heart,
The cuunsel which the following lines impart.

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SECT. IV. An Advice to Sinners to apply to tbe sovereign Mercy

of God, as it is discovered ibrough Chkist, to the bigbest bonour of Jufrice und ober divine attributes,

in order 10 furiber ibeir Faith in him unto salvation. GO

O, friend, and at JEHOVAH's footstool bow :

Th u know'll not what a fov'reign God may do.
Confess, if he commiserate thy cale,
'Twill be an act of pow'rful tv'reign grace.
Sequellrate carefully fome folemn hours,
To lue thy grand concern in secret bow'rs.
Then in ih' ensuing strain to God impart,
And pour int, his bosom all thy heart.

. O glorious, gracious, pow'rful, fou'reign Lord,
• Thy help unto a finlul worm afford;
· Who from my wretched birth to this sad hour,
· Have still been destitute of will and pow'r
• To close with glorious Chrilt; yea, fill'd with spite
At thy fair darling, and thy faints delight,

Relisting all his grace with all my might. • Come, Lord, and lap my enmity's strong tow'r; • O halte the marriage-day, the day of pow'r; · That sweetly, by refiltless grace inclin'd,

My once reluctant be a willing mind. · Thou spak’t to being ev'ry thing we see, · When thy almighty will laid, Let it be, Nothings to being in a moment pass :

· Let there be light, thou saidít; and so it was.” * • A pow'rful word like this, a mighty call, • Must say, Let there be faith, and then it shall. · Thou seek'st my faith and light from sin and guilt; • Give what thou feek'st, Lord; then seek what thou wilt. • What good can issue from a root fo ill? · This heart of mine's a wicked lump of hell; • 'Twill all thy common motions still resist, • Unless with special drawing virtue bleit.

• Gen. i. 3.

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· Thou calls, but with the call thy pow'r convey;
• Command me to believe, and I'll obey,
• Nr any more thy gracious call gainsav.
• Command, O Lird; effectually command,
. And grant I be not able to withstand ;
" Then pow'rless I will Itretch the wither'd hand.

. I to thy favour can pretend no claim,
But what is borrow'd from thy glorious name;
• Which though most justly thou may’lt glorifie,
• In damning such a guilty wretch as me,

A faggot fitted for the burning fire • Of ihine incensed everlasting ire : « Yet, Lord, since now I hear thy glorious Son, • In favour of a race that was undone, • Did in thy name, by thy authority, • Once to the full ftern justice fatisfy ; • And paid more glorious tribute thereunto « Than hell and all its torments e'er can do.. • Since my salvation through his blood can raise • A revenue to justice' highest praise, • Higher than rents which hell for ever pays : • Thefe to tremendous justice never bring • A fatisfa&tion equal and condign. • But Jesus, our once dying God, performs • What never could by ever.dying worns : • Since thus thy threal'ning law is honour'd more • Than e'er my fins affronted it before : • Since justice stern may greater glory won,

By justifying in thy darling Son, • Than by condemning ev'n the rehel me; • To this device of wisdom, lo! I flee. • Let justice, Lord, according to thy will, • Be glorify'd with glory great and full ; • Not now in hell, where justice' petty pay • Is but extorted parcels minc'd for ay : • But glorify'd in Christ, who down has told · The total sumat once in liquid gold. • In lowest hell low praise is only won, • But justice has the highest in thy sin, • The Sun of righteousness that fet in red,

To fhew the glorious morning would fucceed.


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