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captivates thy soul; and pray that he would prevent thy heart of unbelief, from departing again from God. Entreat him, that he would join thee to him in an everlasting covenant; that he would forgive what is past; and that for time to come, thou mayest be steadfast and unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.
Come, Christians, whatever we want, whatever we feel, whatever we fear, now is the time, when the King comes in to see his guests, to put ourselves in his way, to communicate to him our different cases, and to acquaint him with all our secret distresses. When he kindly inquires. “ Children, have ye any meat ?" let us say, “ Yes, Lord, thanks to thy bounty we have all things richly to enjoy. We have the bread of life before us; but we waited for thy coming to bless it, and break it.” At the feast of Pentecost, when the gift of tongues was bestowed on the Apostles, it is said, “ The people were all amazed, and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold! are not all these which speak Galileans? and how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born ? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, we do hear them speak in our own tongues the wonderful works of God: and they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying, one to another, what meaneth this?” Do not we also see at this feast, the wonderful works of God ? Many Christians have marvelled, and said one to another, “ Is not this plain bread and wine; and how is it that we all partake of that spiritual refreshment, which is particularly adapted to each individual ? Theweak, the tempted, the afflicted, the backsliding, the fearful, the doubting, every one receives his own
portion. To one manis distributed pardon; to another peace; to another, strength; to another, comfort; to another, counsel; to another, patience; to another courage;" " and they were amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?”
This is the feast to which you are invited. The provision is large, and the Master kind, and condescending. Wherefore eat, О friends; drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved.
But, alas ! we spread our table, and our company is gone? Gone to feed on husks, and to spend their money for that which is not bread; while here they might eat angels' food, and buy wine and milk, with out money, and without price. Will you forgive me, if I ask you, who are contented with looking at these solemnities, what you intend to do when the marriagesupper of the Lamb will be celebrated ? Will you then, say,
“ I pray thee, have me excused ?” Consider that heaven admits not of spectators, unless it be as Dives was, when he saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. You say, that you are not prepared to sit down at his table : but you ought to have been prepared; for surely you have long enough abused the riches of his goodness. Remember that in Peter's, vision, the sheet was let down three times, plentifully stored with all kinds of provision; and the command: was thrice repeated, “ Rise, Peter, slay and eat;" but, after the third time, it was drawn up to heaven, and let down no more. Let not another Sacrament, if God should spare you to another, find you slothful in business. Humble yourselves before him, that you have been so long strangers to him, and to yourselves, Pray that you may hunger and thirst
after righteousness; and see your guilt and danger, and the excellence and suitableness of an Almighty Saviour. Pray that he would smite the rock, and make the waters of genuine repentance flow. Pray that the peace of God, which passes all understanding, may keep your hearts and minds; and that you may no longer turn away from Christ and salvation.
A MEDITATION ON
HEBREWS XII. 22.
To an innumerable company of angels.
SEE, O my soul, what Omnipotence, under the influence of love and unbounded affection, can do! Couldst thou ever think, when thou wast so lately a poor grovelling worm, a companion of fools, a slave to appetite and passion, and a willing captive of Satan, couldst thou ever suppose that thou shouldst enjoy such an honour? Would it not rather have appeared as one of the flights of a wild imagination ? Lord, what was man, that thou wast so mindful of him? Thou madest him at first but a little lower than the angels. But being in honour, he abode not; but became like the beasts that perish, lay wallowing in the mire, and sunk deeper and deeper into guilt and misery. Then it was thy wonder-working grace undertook our salvation. Then didst thou, indeed, lift the poor out of the dust, and the beggar from the dunghill, and set him among princes; and from the lowest depth of despair thou hast raised us to the society of angels. Let us consider then what benevolent and amiable spirits these are, to whom through rich grace we are united.
The narrow-spirited Samaritans once would not receive Christ, nor afford him the least entertainment, because his face was as if he would go to Jerusalem.
But these blessed spirits, far above the influence of those ungenerous prejudices by which our little minds are too often actuated, no sooner see which way the Son of God is going, in order to make us the objects of his bounty, than they hasten to publish the glad tidings, “ Suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will towards men.” They rejoice not less when Christ enters our hearts, than when he came into our world; for there is joy in heaven over one sinner that repenteth.
Does it not greatly endear those glorious beings to us, to hear that they are "all ministering spirits, sent forthto minister forthemwho shall be heirs of salvation;" and to find that, amidst all the troubles and dangers of this wilderness, “ the angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him?" Is it not a distinguishing privilege, that, while evil spirits are doing their utmost to distress and destroy us, they are ever ready to confirm, and warn, and defend, and comfort us ?Will it not give us an inexpressible pleasure, in our dying moments, to have, and perhaps to see, a guard of angels around our beds, to take the charge of our departing souls, and convey them safe to Abraham's bosom? Do we not already long for their acquaintance? Should we not think ourselves infinitely obliged to him that would introduce us to them; as next to the enjoyment of God himself, being one of the highest honours of which we are capable? This then, Christians, has our Saviour done: thus highly are we advanced by the gospel. For they who shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, can die no