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the Spirit breathed by the apoftle Paul, with whofe words, Gal- ii. 19, 20. 1 fhall conclude; "For I through the law "am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. I am "crucified with Chrift; Nevertheless I live; yet not I, "but Chrifl: liveth in me; and the life which 1 now live "in the rlefh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who "loved me, and gave himfelf for me."
Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.
THE bare repetition of thefe words is fufficient to convince every hearer how well they are fuited to the defign of our prefent meeting. Redeeming love is certainly the moft delightful of all themes to every real chriftian. It is the immediate and direct object of our contemplation in the Lord's fupper. This ordinance was inflituted to keep up the remembrance of the fufferings and death of Chrift, which was the great and finifhing proof of his love. How then can you attend on it in a more becoming and dutiful, a more pleafant and defireable, or a more happy and ufeful frame of fpirit, than when your hearts are filled with a fenfe of the love of Chrift, and you find yourfelves difpofed to join, with a mixture of joy and wonder, in the doxology of the apoftle John, in the text, Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood?
The author of this book is fometimes ftyled the disciple vihom Jesus loved. Since, therefore, it pleafed his mafter to diftinguifh him by the tendernefs of particular friendfhip, it is no wonder that we find fo much of the delight.
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