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pose and grace, which was given us in "Christ Jesus before the world began"." God's love to each and every one of his people is the same. He hath a distinct


and personal knowledge of them. hath freely exprefsed it to them in Christ. "The Father loveth the Son, "and hath given all things into his "hand." The elect were given unto him. "He is the Son of God's love." He was in the bosom of his Father from everlasting, and hath drawn out and concentrated all the Father's love in his own heart. Shining, he reflects it and sheds it forth in its hotest rays and beams on his people; so that hereby they have the richest sense and enjoyment of it. To Christ, as their head, the gift and grant of eternal life were made. All the fulnefs of it was lodged in his hand. Α complete provision was made for all their cases, wounds, wants, and miseries. It pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell.-The Holy Ghost agreeably to his office in the covenant of grace is pleased to take of the things of Christ, and to shew or make them manifest. He leads poor awakened sinners to behold the Lamb of God, and in a sight h 2 Tim. i. 9. i John iii. 35.


of him as set forth in the word, and testified of by the Holy Spirit therein, they see salvation. On which they cannot forbear individually breaking out, saying, "Behold God is my salvation, I will "trust and not be afraid: for the Lord "Jehovah is my strength and my song, "he also is become my salvation." Perceiving how exactly suited Christ is to them, and how exactly suited they are for him to glorify himself in their eternal redemption, they cannot but prize and esteem him, as the author and finisher of their salvation. This knowledge concerning him they receive from. the everlasting Gospel, which is made effectual to them, as accompanied with the divine energy of his Spirit. In it they find Christ, and know that his love pafseth knowledge-that his mercy endureth for ever-that his bloody sweat is their everlasting purification-his wounds and bruises, received in the day, of the Lord's fierce anger, their everlasting healing-his soul-travail their peace, and his obedience unto death, even the death of the cross, their everlasting righteousness and perfection. This gladdens their hearts, and fills their minds with peace, so that in believing the everlasting worth, virtue, and efficacy of

1 Isa. xii. 2.

his blood and righteousness, they rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory. Here, O my soul, is a subject worthy of thy deepest study and closest attention. All the love of the Holy Trinity is set before thee in the person and work of Christ.-He left his Father's bosom, laid aside his glory which he had with him before the world was, became man, and took on him the form of a servant, that he might give such a manifestative proof of everlasting love as would warm the hearts of angels and saints for ever and ever. In our nature, in this lower world, the Lord Jesus shone forth in flames of love so pure and so vehement, as can never be described, nor even adequately conceived of, bursting forth from the very heart of Jehovah. He has given such an instance of his love, as can never be exceeded by him, no, not in Glory. He is, O my soul, just what thou needest him to be. Let me approach him then as the apostle and high-priest over the house of God. O Holy Ghost! thou art the glorifier of Jesus, look down upon me, I intreat thee, lead me through thy blefsed teaching and influence into real communion with Christ, and shed abroad in my heart a sense of the Father's free and everlasting love. O thou blefsed Jesus! I come to thee, as a sin

ner to a SAVIOUR. Blessings on thee! my everlasting life, health, and cure are in thy blood and righteousness. Look, thou precious Jesus! on me and shine within me. Put forth the efficacy of thy blood and righteousnefs in my soul, and let me have an inward application of their virtue. I would come to thee with all my wounds, believing that by thy stripes I am healed. I would come to thee with the whole and utmost of my inward guilt, filth, and sinfulness, believing that thy blood cleanseth from all sin. I would come to thee with all my wants, praying thee to glorify thyself in snpplying them out of thine own infinite fulnefs. Look on me, O thou most precious Jesus! and exprefs the same grace, and make it manifest to me, as thou didst when thou barest my sins in thine own body on the tree.-Send thine eternal Spirit into my heart to bring it fresh to my remembrance, to influence my soul with thy love, and sprinkle thy blood on my mind. Let this divinely precious truth, which contains the whole fulness of grace and salvation, be set on with fresh life and energy on my mind by the sealing of thine eternal Spirit : "He hath made him to be sin for us, who "knew no sin, that we might be made "the righteousnefs of God in him"."

m 2 Cor. v. 21.

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I ask it, O Christ! to the glory of thy Father, thyself, and Holy Spirit, Three Persons in one Jehovah, to whom be equal and everlasting praise. Amen.

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