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God. Believers, your fruits of faith will be in pro. portion to your faith.

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While you are living in believing views of and meditations upon Christ, you will bring forth fruit abundantly; but you will not look at, nor live upon it, but upon Chrift's fulness. What hath been delivered, as far as it contains God's truth, may the Lord bless it unto you, and to his name shall be the praise. Amen.

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CHRIST'S CONTINUAL CARE OF His CHURCH

'AND PEOPLE.

ISAIAH, Chap. xxvii. Ver. 2, 3.

In that day sing ye unto her, a vineyard of red wine. I

the Lord do keep it; I will water it every moment : left any burt it, I will keep it night and day.

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LL Scripture is given by the inspiration of God,

and an infallible writer informs us, that whatsoever things were written aforetime, were written for our learning ; that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might bave hope. Looking upon them in this view, and as revealed for this end and design, it leads us to behold with wonder, admire with pleasure, and with transporting gratitude think upon the exceeding great and precious promises made by that God who cannot lie, which are all yea and amen in Jesus Christ, the essential, consubftantial, and only begotten Son of God, who is the head and representative of the whole election of grace. With him the eternal Father entered into covenant on the behalf, and for the sake of his beloved ones. To him the promise of eternal life was given before the world began; all the grants of grace for his people were made to him; and they have all been made good to him, and he is in the actual possession of all the grace contained in them. Hence the apostle faith, All the promises of God in him are yea, and in him amen. They are also revealed in the sacred word of truth, and are each and every one of them a&tually fulfilled by the effe&ual grace and power of the Lord the Spirit, to all who are alive to God, and who are living by the faith of the Son of God.

As I have taken what we call a promise for my text, it may not be amiss to give you a definition of what the promises are. The promises of God proceed from the eternal purposes of his grace towards his chosen people in Christ Jesus, revealed in the positive declarations of his mercy, inscribed in the written word, and hold forth to the view of faith, the grace God will bestow, the support he will afford, the blessings he will pour out upon his people, to supply their needs and neceffities, according to bis riches in glory by Christ Jesus. God is entitled the God of all grace. He hath made known his purposing grace by his promises, which become the foundation of our faith, the support of our hope, and the joy of our hearts. Grace in God's nature is the fountain ; grace in his purposes is the spring; and grace in his dealings and dispensations is the stream; and God's word of promise is, like himself, truth and immutability: there can be no change in it; and the largeness of God's grace in the word of promise, which belongs to his people, appears in this : that there is no case, want, circumstance, or state, into which they are, or may be brought, but is particularly noticed; provision is made; and a promise, either of support under trouble, or deliverance out of it, is to be found, if they search the Bible for it: and it is a part of spiritual wisdom to get acquainted with the promises of God, and with such especially, as most suit our case, experience, and necessity.

The words before us, which are to be the foundation of our present discourse, contain one of those great and precious promises, made by the Lord to his church and people, and is a full, large, and comprehensive one. It contains and represents the care of God over his vineyard, the church. The chapter begins with an account of a complete victory and conquest which the Lord would obtain for his people over their enemies; and, as I apprehend it, in a figure, it shews the complete victory that God our Saviour would obtain over his and our spiritual enemies. In that day (saith the prophet) the Lord with his fore and

great and Nrong sword fhall punish Leviathan, the piercing serpent, even Leviathan that crooked serpent, and be fall say the dragon that is in the sea. These words, in their first and primary significancy, respe& Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who is compared unto Leviathan, which some will have to be the whale, others the crocodile, who is said to be in the sea. Egypt being watered and made fruitful by the waters of the Nile, Pharaoh is said to have his dwelling in it. Among elty, and

and about the streams of the Nile, crocodiles haunt; and the figure serves to distinguish the terribleness, cru

power of the Egyptians and Assyrians against the people of the Jews. But the blustering rage of the one was laid low, and the pride of the other assuaged, by the blast of the Lord of hosts. As it respects the church of God; sin, Satan, death, and hell, these fierce, strong, and proud foes, are conquered and eternally vanquished by the omnipotent Jesus. Our adorable captain of salvation with the two-edged sword of the word, overcame all the power of Satan. That fore and great and strong sword, was the weapon with which he fought the decisive battle, and came off an everlasting conqueror. By his dying for finners, in their law-place, room, and stead, and bearing their fins in his own body on the tree, the damning guilt and reigning power of fin are fubdued and destroyed; death is disarmed of its fting, hell vanquished, and eternal redemption obtained for his whole church and people. In treating on my text, I will observe the following particulars :

First, that this song was sung on the occasion of the deftru&ion of the church's enemies. Secondly, we have God's protecting care towards his church, expressed under the fimilitude of a vine-dreffer, taking care to water and protect his vineyard. I the Lord do keep it, I will water it overy moment. Thirdly, the constancy of his care; left any hurt it, I will keep it night and day. These are the particulars ;

And we will begin with the first, and consider

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