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cating the influences of his grace, which he has purchased for us by his death ; support us under all temptations, by a lively representation of those great things Christ has suffered for us; restore that peace and quiet to our conscience, which sin robs us of, by ratifying our pardon, and making our sincere repentance aceeptable to God; and subdue the violence of our passions, by spiritualizing our affections, and by placing them upon God and virtue. Another Meditation for Tuesday Evening.
Upon the true repentance of a worthy communicant. Repent ye therefore and be converted, that
Acts iii. 9.
ways to live, as we hope to die, as becomes good Christians, constantly endeavouring to lead a new life; but then remember, that to guard against all presumptuous security in matters of eternal welfare, we should never presume to eat of that bread and drink of that cup, without à previous preparation, if we mean to escape that judgment or condemnacion, which the Corinthians brought upon themselves for their irreverent, sinful, and diforderly behaviour at this sacrament; who were accused of being guilty of the body and blood of Christ our Saviour of eat.
ing and drinking their own damnation, not considering the Lord's body-of kindling God's wrath against them-of provoking him to plague them with divers diseases, and fundry kinds of death; which we shall avoid and escape by coming worthily, by faith and repentance
, to the Lord's fupper; if we would call ourselves to account, and judge and condemn what is evil in ourselves, so effectually as to forsake it; we should not then be condemned or punished by God. Let not then these terrible expressions trouble us or detain us from the holy communi. on*: but let us repent and believe, and we are safe and secure from falling into any of those dangers which these sentences may seem to threaten us with And when we fee such afflictions among us, we ought, before it be too late, to consider them as chastisements from the hand of God, in order to our present amendment; and designed for this good end, that we should not be finally condemned with the wicked part of the world in the day of judgment.
2. There is nothing dreadful in this facrament, but to the wilful, impenitent, and persevering finner, whose condition is dreadful; but to the penitent and humble
See the Note on page 47.
soul, nothing is dismal or affrighting in this holy feast. And the surest way to prevent our damnation, is to receive the facrament more frequently than men usually do; that by a constant participation of this spiritual food of the living bread, which comes down from heaven, our souls may be nourished in all goodness, and new supplies of God's grace and Holy Spirit may be continually derived to us from our purification, and to enable us to run the ways of God's commandments with more constancy and delight than we have done before: it being certain that God will never cast any man into eternal flames, for striving to do his duty as well as he can. If there be firit a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not. And consequently, such as account themselves most unworthy, are those very persons who are deeply sensible of their own unworthiness. They that are whole have no need of a phyfi. cian, but they that are sick.
3: This being the case of all mankind, with respect to their spiritual life, there is, my foul, no other way to free ourselves from this death of fin, but speedily to apply ourselves to this heavenly physician, who came into the world to seek and tó Part II.
save those that are lost and ready to perish. And let us trust in God, that as often as we come to the holy communion with such a honest and true heart, as to exercise our repentance toward God, our faith and hope of his mercy thro’ Chrift, for the forgiveness of our fins, and our love and charity for all man. kind, that such a temper and resolution of mind will doubtless render us worthy partakers of these holy myfteries, and prevent our eating and drinking damnation to ourselves.
4. But that our preparation may be well performed, let us remember the end, and we shall never do amiss; let us search our heart and examine our conscience; not only till we fee our fins, but until we hate them; and instead of those filthy rags of our own righteousness, iet us adorn our mind with pure and pious dispositions to fear God and to keep his commandments: let us endeavour to be accepted of by God, as worthy communicants; that he who knoweth all the secrets of the heart, may approve of the sincerity of our repentance; and the King, who comes in to view the guests, may count us worthy of his favour and countenance; which never can be hoped for
without he finds us clothed with the marriage garment of sincere repentance.
The Hymn on Tuesday Evening.
The true.penitent's confession and petition. 0 Lord! fhów pity; Lord! forgive;
Let a repenting rebel live.