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Beginner) fight on through my Grace, 'till thou drive to Glory. “ For he that overcometh Ihall inherit all Things, and I will be his God, and he shall be my Son," Rev. xxi. 6, 7.

I may add, although thou mayest loose thy first Love, and like the wise Virgins Neep with the Foolish, and be lukewarm in exercising thy Graces for a Season, and Christ seein to fpue thee out of his Mouth; (Yet he faith, “ I the Lord change not, therefore the Sons of Jacob are not confounded") I will bring my Wanderers home, none of the Purchase of my Blood shall perish.

“ I counsel thee therefore to buy Gold of me tried in the Fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white Raiment, that thou mayest be clothed; receive my Grace and my Righteousness, that the Shame of thy Nakedness do not appear ; (for this is the Wedding-garment required of thee by God in holy Scripture) and anoint thine Eyes with Eye Salve, that thou mayest see" the excellent Oeconomy of Salvation appointed to redeem thy Soul; that is to say, by the Mediation of Christ, in whom the Father is well pleased with all who trust and believe in it. 66 Therefore as thou art my Bride (by Decree) in my Merits and Righteousness only thou mayest make thy Boast, and in that Dress worship God in the Beauty of Holiness. As many as I love, I rebuke and chaiten ; be zealous therefore and repent. Behold! and see my Condescension, once I stoop'd to a painful and bloody Death on the Cross, to purchase Redemption for you : now I stand at the Door of your Hearts, by my Spirit to knock (though I am in Glory), if

any Man hear my Voice, and open the Door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he

To him that overcometh, will I grant to fit with me in my Throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his Throne. He that hath an Ear, let him hear what the Captain of our Salvation faith unto his Warlike Soldiers, i. e. what the Spirit faith unto the Churches," Rev. iii. 15 22. Behold! the astonishing Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ in taking Care of his Church, viz. the Purchase of his own Blood, by trying their Hearts and Reins. Well might holy David say,

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My Shepherd is the living Lord,

Nothing therefore I need;
In Pastures fair, near pleasant Streams,

He setteth me to feed.
He fall convert and glad my Soul,

And bring my Mind in Frame,
To walk in Paths of Righteousness,

For his most holy Name.
And when I find myself near loft,

Then dotb be me Home take
Condučting me in his right Paths,
Ev'n for his own Name's fake.
And finally, while Breath doth laj,

Tby Grace shall me defend;
And in the House of God will I
My Life for ever spend.
See Psal. xxiii. 1, 2, 3,

6. Observe the Experience of holy David, and mark well the Confidence he had in the Faithfulness of God! And well might the four and twenty Elders in Heaven (the whole Church, figurately expressed by Twenty four, in Allusion to the Twenty four Orders of Levites under the Law, i Cron. xxiv. 4, &c.) fall down before the Lamb which had been Alain, and sing a new Song, saying,

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worthy to take the Book, and to open the seven Seals thereot: for thou wast Nain, and haft redeemed us to God by thy Blood, out of every Kindred, Tongue, and People, and Nation," Rev. v. 8, 9. Therefore holy brethren, Partakers of the heavenly Calling, let us rejoice, that is, praise the Lord that Christ was the Lamb plain for us from the Foundation of the World, and our Names written in the Book of Life, in order that we might not worship the Beast, Rev. xiii. 8. But worship him who died for our Sins, and was raised again for our Juftification, Rom. iv. 25. Who taved us, and called us with an holy Calling, not according to our Works, but according to his own Purpose and Grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus, before the World began, 2 Tim. i. 66 For before the Mountains were settled, while as yet God had not made the Earth, when he prepared the Heavens ; Christ being designed in the eternal Decree, was familiar to his Thoughts, as one brought up with him, and was daily his Delight, rejoicing always before him, rejoicing in the habitable Part of his Earth, (for God calleth the Things that are not as though they were) and his Delights were with the Sons of Men,” Prov. viii. 25, 26, 27, 30, 31. Here we might observe the Heart of Christ was with his People, viz. his Elect, whom he was to redeem with his own precious Blood, even before Adam was created. And when Adam was fallen, we find the Redeemer was ready to do his Father's Will, viz. To bruise' the Serpent's Head, Gen. iii. 15. For in the Volume of the Book it is written of Christ, Lo! I come, I delight to do thy Will, O God, Psal. xl. 7, 8. And he saw the Travail of his Soul, and was satisfied, Isa. liii. 11. viz. To lay down his Life for his Sheep; " Which Sheep shall hear my Voice, faith Christ, and I know

them,

them, and they follow me (i. e. in the Regeneration, being effectually called from the Ways of Sin) and I give unto them eternal Lite, and they shall never perish, neither shall any pluck them out of my Hands,” Jobn x. 11, 27, 28.*. Therefore let all true Believers ftand fast in the Liberty wherewith Christ hath made them free, never to be entangled any more in the Sin of Unbelief, which will bring them into Bondage, Gal. v. 1. For it is by Faith wę stand, i Cor. i. 24. God the Father, Son and Spirit, having loved his Chosen from Eternity, will love them to Eternity in the Man Christ Jesus. “I have loved thee (viz. the Bride) faith God, with an everlasting Love; therefore, with Luving-kindness have I drawn thee," Jer. xxxi. 3. And whereas Christ says that no Man can come unto him, unlels the Father draweth him, John vi. 44. . Therefore God the Father draweth the Bride to his Son, either at the Third, Sixth, Ninth, or Eleventh Hour; in the Morning, Mid, or Eve of Life, Matt, xx. 1, &c. And presents her by his Spirit, in her Blood and Filthiness, unwashed and uncleansed, as a fit Object of his Mercy and Compassion ; The Son receives her into the Arms of his Love and everlasting Favour ; and faith, “ All that the Father giveth me, shall come unto me, and him that cometh unto me, I will in no wise cait out. For I came down from Heaven, not to do mine own Will, but the Will of him that sent me. And this is the Father's Will, which sent me, that of all which he hath given me, I should lose Nothing, but should raise it up again at the last Day. And that every one that feeth the Son by Faith, and believeth on him may have everlasting Life," John vi. 37, 38, 39, 40.

The Holy Ghost, by divine Infuence, in due Time ties the indiffolvable Knot, which is effected by the inward Unction or Anoint.

ing of the Holy Spirit (the breathing Winds) which separate the Bride from the World, Flesh, and Devil, and also from Self and Self-righteouiness, and joins her to her everlasting unchangeable Bridegroom, JESUS of Nazareth, who came to allure, seek and save her by his Blood, who before was loft, Matt. xviii. II. And as the Holy Ghost overshadowed the Virgin Mary, and begat in her the holy Jesus, Luke i. 35. So must the Holy Ghost overshadow, operate and inspire the Hearts of all others that receive the Royal Seed, and who are begotten again to a lively Hope; or else Christ can never be formed in them, the Hope of Glory, Col. i. 27. Neither will they cry out like holy David, “ My Heart and Flesh rejoice in the living God,” Pfal. lxxxiv. 2. And our Lord faith to his Disciples, that the Holy Ghost should not only be with them (to overshadow them, as a tranfient Guest) but dwell in them, John xiv. 17. Whose Anointing was to abide in them for ever, 1 John ii. 27.. And thus Christ by assuming their Flesh, and giving them his Spirit, hath and doch establish sure Ground of Relation-ship between him and his People in every Branch of real Kindred: For which Reason he is not ashamed to call then Brethren, Heb. ii. 11. For he saith, Thy Maker is tby Hufband, Isa. liv. 5. And now being betrothed unto Chrift, they have known the Lord, i. c. experienced his Love, Hof. ii. 20. Hence it is that the Spouse in Consequence of this fpiritual Marriage, cries out in holy Extacies of Joy, saying, “ A Bundle of Myrrh is my Well-beloved unto me, he shall lie all Night betwixt my Breasts," i. e. in my Heart : To cause our Nuptial Bed to be green and fruitful, Cant. i. 13, 16. She is now a Member of his Body, of his Flesh, and of his Bones, in a spiritual Sense. And although this great Mystery may seem

incredible

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