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the banquet of that most heavenly food; and above all things, our principal busi. ness at the altar is to give most humble and hearty thanks to God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, as for all the
blessings vouchsafed unto us, so especially a for the redemption of the world, by the a death and passion of our Saviour Christ, of both God and man, to whom we fhould E: at all times, (but more especially at these
opportunities of commemorating this infeftimable love of the Son of God, dying
for us wretched finners,) be most thankful, and filled with continual praises to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, who
created, redeemed, and sanctifieth us, and De all the world, througli jesus Christ' our
A preparatory prayer: D Lefred Lord! who hast commanded
D and invited us to pray unto thee: 0 let thy spirit help my infirmities; and do thou so dispose my mind, and prepare my heart, that my prayers and praises may be acceptable in thy light, thro' the mediation, and for the fake of Jesus Christ, thy. Son our Lord.. Amen. This prayer may properly be used every inorning and..
evening to begin your devotions..
The Meditation for Sunday Evening, after
receiving the Lord's Supper. Upon the fallen state of man, and the great and gracias
work of man's redemption through Jesus Christ. For all have finned and come short of the glory of God; being justified freely by his grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Rom. iii, 23, 24. 1. D Aving now, O my soul! received
Il the boly sacrament of the Lord's supper, it is neceffary (since we have not yet professedly done it) that we should inform ourselves carefully of the nature and end of this sacred institution ; what is meant by this holy action; to what pur
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pole pose it was ordained; and what benefits and advantages are to be expected from it. Now if any one goes to the holy communion without considering the reasons of that ordinance, and the very great concern he has in it; or without understanding the necessity and advantage of a Re deemer, he will certainly go with indifference, and of course return without that benefit, which he might otherwise hope for and expect. Therefore,
2. That this, O.my soul! may not be our own case, it is necessary that we should well consider what account the holy scriptures have given us of the condition we are in, not only with refpect to this life, but also to that which is to come. We are there assured, that we are finners by nature, and 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 inquire, 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 fee and perceive liin to be in; but that he must have fallen into this deplorable condition since
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he came out of the hands of his Creator, the just and great God; of which we have the following account.
3. 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, 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 a promise of hap. piness 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. :
4. Yer for all this warning, thro' the temptation of the devil, (as St. Paul de fcribed 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 : at this, they transgrelled the commands of God; and, by lo doing, they did not only forfeit their right to the promise of eternal ife and happiness, but they also contracted such a
blindness of the understanding, such a disorder in their will and affections, that all their posterity feel it to their forrow, being made thereby subject to sin, the punishment whereof is death and misery eternal.
5. Nevertheless the greatness of this punishment, inflicted upon our first parents, and their pofterity, enables us to judge of the nature and aggravation of their fins; for God, being infinitely just and holy, could not inflict any punishment greater than their fins delerved: nay, after all this, God, of his great goodness, provided such a remedy, as that neither they, nor any of their posterity, should, on account of their fall, be eternally miserable, except it was their own fault, and wholly owing to themselves..
6. God, therefore, in considering of a Redeemer, one of the seed of the woman, who should make full fatisfaction 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; in considering (I say) of this promised seed, God entered into a new covenant with them, by way of remedy for what was past and could not be undone; which covenant was this, that upon condition of their hearty repentPart II.