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and to shew unto his followers also that we desire to be of their number. It remains lasily to express the peculiar privileges of those who thus spiritually drink the blood of Christ. If those who drink not! of this, have no life, those it may be presuned who do drink it shall live for ever, and in fact this is the demi sum and conclusion of the whole ; “ Ilhoso eateth “ my flesh and drinketh my blood, hath eternal the “ life, and I will raise hinn, up at the last day," vi. 54. Though all mankind indiscriminately will be raised up from the dead at the day of judgment, yet the faithful alone will be raised up in a peculiar and happy sense of the word. St. Paul affirms, as if for the consolation of believers, “ The dead in “ Christ shall rise first,” 1 Thess. iv. 16. and whatever might be the precise meaning which St. Paul meant to convey in his words, and which we cannot divine exactly after the lapse of so many hundred years; yet we may affirm some honorable distinction, to be conferred on God's people alone was intended. Something of this sort is also set forth in
spirit the Book of Revelations: “ I saw the souls of them " that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and “ for the word of God, and which had not wor“ shipped the beast, neither his image, neither had « received his mark upon their foreheads or in “ their hands: and they lived and reigned with “ Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the « dead lived not again, until the thousand years so were finished. This is the first resurrection.
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zit we dewe « Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the i to espi, “ first resurrection,” Rev. xx. 4, 5 and 6. But
spiritual without arguing any thing as to the previous time of - drink 24 the resurrection of saints, before that of the wicked Luned wh being summoned to appear to receive a final conthis is the demnation, it appears at the last day that the righteoso eated ous will peculiarly be raised to spiritual life with -h eternal those enjoyments which are alone to be found in the Fast day? immediate presence of God. ately v Sth. Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, udginent, I say unto you, Ye seek me not because ye saw the peculiar miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves and Firms, as were filled. Labor nol for the meat which pedead in risheth, but for that meat which endureth unto ever6. and ! lasting life, which the Son of Man shall give unto ach St. you : for him hatli God the Father sealed. John ch we vi. 26, 27.
So dreadfully depraved is the human mind, and so ready to pervert the noblest institutions and the best
blessings, that we need often to be reminded of the th in spirituality of those appointments, which are settled
in the decrees of Heaven: and often more espeand: cially so in the grand affair of salvation, where man -or-, is ever ready to mix his own works, with the meriFuad torious offices of the Son of God. Hones. zal and
depraved appetite have alike erred in this, though by Eith the grace of God not to equal lengths nor consehe ! quently to equal danger. The honést zeal of Peter j's į led him to abuse one of the sacraments of Christ's 2. I appointment. “ And supper being ended,-- Jesus
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“riseth from supper, and laid aside his garment, " and took a towel und girded himself: 21jter that "" he poureth water into a bason, and began to wasit “his disciples feet, and to wipe them with the towel "s wherewith he wus girded? Then cometh he to - Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord “ dost thou wash my feet. Jesus answered and “ said unto him, Il'hat I do thou knowest not now: “ but thou shalt know hereafter. Peter (with “ more zeal than faith).saith unto him, Thou shalt “ never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I “ wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.” Peter felt the rebuke, but not fully seeing the spirituality of the Lord's appoiutment, with unabated zeal exclaimed, “Lord, not my feet only, but also my “ hands and my head.” But as Peter was right in the main, though bis well meant zeal had too little either of faith or wisdom; our Lord condescends to shew him the nature of this institution. “ Jesus " saith to him, Ile that is washed, needeth not, “ save, to 'rcash his feet, but is clean every whit;" and then to shew that some who received the ordinance would not be cleansed thereby, seeing they saw not its spiritual nature; he adds, “and ye are “ clean, but not all.” The depraved appetites of the Corinthians led them also to abuse in a more gross and fatal way the sacrament of the Lord's Supper, for which they were severely reprimanded by the 'apostle Paul, “ For first of all, when ye “ come together in the church, I hear that there be
“ divisions among you, and I partly believe it. “ For there must be also heresies among you, that “ they which are approved may be mude manifest “ among you. When ye come therefore together “ into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's Sup“per. For in eating, etriy one tuketh before other “ his own sipper; and one is hungry, and another " is drunken. Ithut? huve ye not houses to drink “ in? or despise ye the church of God, und shame " them that have not ? What shull I say to you? “ Shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.« For, he that entoth and drinketh unworthily, “eatethi and drinketh damnation to himsell, not "discerning the Lord's body," i Cor. xi. 18 to 20 and 29. and these Corinthians it appears liad so grossly perverted the intent of the Lord's Supper, that they had made it a scene of intemperance instead of honor to Christ the living head of his church.
Having spoken thus far on the awful nature and consequence of abusing this sacrament, I would digress for a few minutes to observe the rules laid down by the apostle Paul, which may be observed in two leads; ist, As to their spirituality, and 2d. As to the order. First, what may be said in regard to their spirituality can only be considered as a repetition of the substance of our Saviour's language on the same head: “ For (says Paul). I have received rs of the Lord that which also I have delivered unto “ you, that the Lord Jesus, the same night in which
She was betrayed, took bread: and when he had “ given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat, " this is my body, which is broken for you: this “ do in remembrance of me. After the same mun"ner also he took the cup when he had supped, “ saying, This cup is the New Testament in my “ blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in re“ membrance of me. · For us oft as ye eat this: “ bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew forth the " Lord's death till he come.” 2d. As to the order in which it may be noted, first, that it be not done without serious self-examination of those who receive it, and that for this reason, that we may not eat or drink unworthily: further, this self-examination may consist in two things, viz. A searching of our own hearts, that by probing to the bottom of the evils therein, we may not dare to come with any presumption of, or trust upon any supposed merit or righteousness in us, as making us worthy to partake of; and as a part of this head, it may be considered that no evils observed in us though we set them before our eyes in the greatest enormity, and bewail them with the greatest loathing and humility, should lead us to abstain from coming to the Lord's table on account of such perceptible unworthiness; for let it be recollected, that our sense of unworthiness is a proof of itself that we are not left of God to hardness of heart, but rather that by considering we are chosen of God, (and we are chosen to repentance as well as to eternal life), we