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ance and sincere obedience hereafter, they should be restored to the favour of God, and after death, to that of life and happiness, which in their state of innocence, was promised to them without ever taft. ing of death, which privilege they had forfeited by their disobedience. And,

7. Now, O my soul, that we i may be fully convinced of the necessity and blessing of a Redeemer, we ought to know and consider, that our Saviour and Re. deemer did not come till:after mankind had been tried in all conditions ; in a state of innocence, under his own reason, and under the law given by Mofes; all which methods of Providence, thro' the perverse will of man, had been rendered ineffectual for the amendment of the world. And because God decreed, that without thed. ding of blood there could be no remission of fin; . and it being impossible that the blood or ; life of any creature, or of any mortal man, could atone for, or take away, the guilt and punishment due to fin; our gracious God, both to give to mankind the greatest token of his love, and at the Jame time to show how great his hatred to sin is, by the greatness of the punish: ment it required, sent his only Son to be a propitiation for our sins, that is, to make satisfaction to his justice, and to

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take off the just difpleasure which he had declared against sinners. Upon this, : 8. Jesus Christ his Son, (blessed for ever be his goodness!) knowing how dreadfully sad the condition would be of all such, who should live and die under the displeasure of God, and what unconceiyable happiness they would deprive themfelves of; moyed with compassion for fo. great a calamity, undertook to obtain their pardon; and in order to this he clothed himself with our flesh, that, as man, he might make a full and suitable satisfaction to the divine justice, offering, himself a sacrifice for the fins of the whole world; and, for the joy of deli. . vering so many millions of souls from misery, he endured the death of the cross, and all the afflictions leading to it, which we find recorded in the holy gospel: And,

0. It is by this worthy lacrisice, that all mankind are restored to the favour of God, and put into a way and state of falvation; God having for his Son's sakė, promised to pardon all such as shall repent of and forsake their fins, and bring forth fruits meet for repentance; and allo to give his Holy Spirit to all such as shall fincerely delire him; and lastly, to make them eternally happy after death, if during this short state of trial, which is de

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figned to mend our corrupt and difordered nature, they endeavour to observe those rules which he has given them, and which are absolutely necessary to make it them capable of heaven and happiness.

Let us now, O my foul! rest here awhile, and adore that infinite goodness of God, who did not overlook lost mankind, but fent his only begotten Son to redeem us, when he might, in strict justice, have required us to have lived up? to the law of nature and reason given in the state of innocence, on pain of being for ever separated from his presence: but instead of that, he has been graciously pleased to accept of our sincere, tho' imperfect obedience, and of our hearty repentance, when we have done amiss, and return to our duty.

The Hymn on Sunday Evening.
For the great blessing mankind received in

their redemption tbrough Jesus Christ.
MOST dear are thy provisions, Lord,
" Thy table furnish'd from above;
The fruits of life o'erspread the board,

The cup o'erflows with heavenly love. Thine ancient family, the Jews,

Were first invited to the fent ; We humbly take what they refuse, And Gentiles ily Salvation taste.

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We are the poor, the blind, the làme, .

And help was far, and death was nigh ; But at the gospel call.we came,

And ev'ry want receiv'd supply: From the highway that leads to hell,

From paths of darkness and despair, Lord, we are come with thee to dwell,

Glad to enjoy thy presence here.
What Mall we pay the eternal Son,

Who left the heav'n of his abode,
And to this wretched earth came down,

To bring us wandrers back to GOD?
It cost him death to save our lives;

To buy our lives it cost his own; . . And all the unknown joys he gives, :

Were bought with agonies unknorun., Our everlasting love is due,,

To him that ranfom'd finners loft, : .. .
And pity'd rebels, when he know
The vast expense. his love would coft.

Another.
COME now adore th' eternal word,.,

'Tis he our souls hath fed ;
Thou art our living stream, O Lord,

And thou th' immortal bread.
The manna came from lower skies, ..

But Jesus from above,
Where the fresh springs of pleasure rise,

And rivers flow with love. ni. : <3

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· The Jews, the fathers, dy'd at laft,

Who ate that heav'nly bread;
But these provisions which we taste,

Can raise us from the dead.
Blest be the Lord that gives his flesh

To nouriji dying men,'
And often spreads his table fresh,

Left we should faint again.
Our fouls mall draw their heav'nly breath,

IVhile Jefus finds supplies ;
Nor shall our graces fink to death,

For Jesus never dies.
Daily our mortat flesh decays,

But Christ, our life, Mall come ;
And his rehitless pow'r Mall raise
Our bodies from the tomb.

Another. .
THUS if our hearts embrac'd our God,

We lhould forget all earthly charms,
And wish to die as Simeon would,

With his young Suviour in his arms.
Our lips could learn that joyful fong,
· Were but our hearts prepar'd like his,
Our fouls ftill willing to be gone,

And at thy word depart in peace.
Here we have seen thy face, O Lord,

And view'd sålvation with our cyes; Tasted and felt the living word,

The bread descending from the skies.

the skies. There

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