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we must then draw near without fear, 8 and take that holy Sacrament to our comfort ; 9 firmly believing the Almighty God, for the fake of our blessed Redeemer, and in regard to the merits of his death, will mercifully pardon and graciously receive us as worthy communicants. Befides this, it is farther required of us to behave with all possible reve. rence and devotion, when we present ourselves amongst our brethren, who come to partake of that most heavenly food ; 4 and above all things, we are to give most humble and hearty thanks to God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, as for all the blessings vouchfafed unto us, 6 fo especially for the redemption of the world, by the death and pallion of our Saviour Christ, both God and man ; ? to whom we should at all times, but more efpecially at these opportunities (of commemorating this inestimable love of the Son of God, dying for us wretched fingers) be most thankful, and filled with continual praifes to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, who created, redeemed, and fanctifieth us, and all the world, thro' Jesus Christ our Lord.

8 Mat. xiv. 27. Mat, viïj. 26. Luke xiii. 32. 2. Tim. i. 7. Jolin iv, 18. 9 Mat. X. 49. Luke viii. 48. Mat. v. 4. Matt. xii. 20. Like iv. 17,21. Ifa. xl. 1, 2. 9 Heb. x. 19, 23. Heb. vii. 25. ' i Pet, i. 4. Luke xs. 20. 4 Pr. Ixxxix. 7. Pl. xciii. 5. Heb. xii. 28 Matt. xxi 37. Alls xx 19 5 P's. xxvi. 5, 2. Pl.xxxiv.-3. Pf. lvii. 7. Pl. cviji, i. Pr. cxi. 1. Pf. cxvi. 12. 13. 1. Pr. cili 1,5. Pr. cxlvii. 1. Eph. v, 20. i Theff. v. 18. 7 Rei v. 12, 63. Like ii. 14. 1 Cor. xv. 57. 2 Cor. i. 3. Col. ii. 19




A Preparatory Prager: DLESSED Lord, who hast commanded

D and invited us to pray unto thee, fo let tly fpirit help my infirmities; and do thou fo difpofe my mind, and prepare my heart, that my prayers and praifes may be accept-, able in thy fight, through the mediation, and for the sake, of Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord. Amen.

N. B. This Prayer mag properly be used every Morning and Evening to begin your devotions.

The Meditation for Sunday Evening after.

receiving the Lord's Supper. Upon the fallen fate of man, and the great and

gracious work of man's Redemption through

Fefus Chrift. For all have finned and come fort of the glory of God;

being justified freely by his grace thro' the Redemp

tion that is in Chris Hefus. Rom. in. 23, 24 L AVING-nów, O my fool! received the IT holy Sacrament of the Lord's Supper,

it is necessary that we should carefully confider, and seriously renew our reflections upon, the nature and end of this sacred institution; what is meant by this holy action ; to what purpose it was ordained ; and what benefits and advantages are to be expected from it. For, we know, if any one goes to the holy communion without considering the rea. fons of that ordinance, and the very great concern he has in it, or without understanding the 'necessity and advantage of a Rea' deeiner, he will certainly go with indifference, and of course return without that benefit, which he might otherwise hope for and expect. Therefore, . '

II. That this, O my Soul! may not be our care, let us as well consider, what account the holy Scriptures have given us of the condition we are in, not only with respect to this life, but to that which is to come. We are there assured that we are finners by nature; that as such, God cannot take pleasure in us; and that, should we happen to die before we are restored to his favour, we shall be separated from him, and be unalterably miserable to all eternity. This consideration necessarily leads us to enquire, how the nature of man came to be thus disordered, and prone to evil : for, we must not imagine that the infinitely good


God ever created man in such a state of corruption as we now perceive him to be in ;. but that he must have fallen into this deplorable condition fince he came out of the hands, of his Creator, the just and great God; of which we have the following account.

III. Our first parents * Adam and Eve, from whom sprang all mankind, were created in the image of God, that is, holy and innocent, having a perfect knowledge of their duty, a command over their will and affections, and a power inherent, through God's appointment, to do what they saw fitting to be done. in this their happy condition : they were placed in paradise, as in a state of trial, with à promise of happiness and immortal life, if, they would continue to love, fear, honour, and obey their Creator; and they had also an express warning of the dreadful consequences, of any future disobedience, and departing from their duty. . . . .

· IV. Yet for all this warning, through the temptation of the Devil, (as St. Paul de-. scribed the fallen state of man, and we have found by fatal experience) there was a law in : their members warring against the law of their mind; that the good which they would, they did not, but the evil that they would not, that they did. · ti. e. They transgressed Part II.


... the * Gen. i. Rom. vii, 19, 23.

the commands of God; and by fo doing, they did not only forfeit their right to the promise of eternal life and happinefs, but also contracted such a blindness of the understanding, such a diforder in their will and affections, that all their posterity feel it to their forrow, being made thereby subject to fio, the punishment whereof is death, and misery eternal.

V. Nevertheless, the greattiefs of this punishment, inflicted upon our first parents, and their posterity, enables us to judge of the nae. fure and aggravation of their fins; for God, being infinitely just and holy, could not inflict any punishment greater than their sin deferv: ed : day, after all this, God, of his great goodness, provided such a remedy, as that neither they nor any of their pofterity, should on account of their fall be eternally miserable, except it was their own fault, and wholly owing to themselves.

VI. God, therefore, in confidering of a redeemer, (one of the feed of the woman, who should make full satisfaction to the divine justice for their transgression, and who should bruise the head, or break the power, of the serpent (the Devil,) who tempted them to fin) entered into a new covenant with them by: way of remédy for what was past, and could not be undone; which covenant was this, that upon condition of their hearty repentance and


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