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where he says, “ Take, eat, this is my body which is broken for you, or for many; and drink, this is my blood which is shed for many;" I believe it is not to be doubted but that he pointed at his flesh and blood rather than the bread and wine (as in a figure) and that also he had an eye to his spiritual flesh and blood or body, as where he says, “Except ye eat my flesh, and drink my blood,
! ye have no life in you ;" the which every true christian should daily feed upon, and without which we have no divine life in us; and as himself also said, “ My flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.”
And it is worthy of note, that much of his holy words, and heavenly doctrine, was spiritually to be understood; “ My words (says he) are spirit and life.” A glorious speech to such as truly witness and understand it, which is much better felt by a true believing christian than ex. pressed. Oh! may, we so open our hearts to our beloved Jesus, that he may come in unto us, and that we may sup with him, and he with us, and that he may i not only sup with us, but take up his abode with us, and we with him, for ever; and not only in us twain, but in all those who truly love, believe in, and follow him, throughout the world; so wisheth and prayeth, in sincerity, thy real friend,
P.S. I hope thou wilt excuse this long letter, thy “ Vital Christianity” being instrumental towards this our corresponding together by way of epistle, at which, if it proves any way to thy satisfaction, I shall rejoice. In reading several of thy latter tracts, I have had love in my heart towards thee, which was yet more renewed in perusing thy “ Vital Christianity," and thy friendly letter to me.
OBEDIENCE, GRATITUDE, AND HONOUR,
GOD AND THEIR PARENTS.
SOME TOUCHES UPON THE LIFE OF MAN,
FROM THE CRADLE TO THE GRAVE.
Honour thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
DEUT. v. 16, &c. Man that is born of a woman, is of few days, and full of trouble.
JOB xiv. 1,
TO THE READER.
THIS little piece is the fruit of a few leisure hours which the author had at sea, he being under a solid concern for the present rising generation, that they may flourish and grow in piety and virtue ; and that the days of their tranquility may increase, and be lengthened out in this world.
And also, chiefly, that when they go off the stage of life, they may have the enjoyment of the peace of God, and of his dear Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, through the Holy Ghost, with a full assurance of an eternal inherit. ance and habitation in the glorious kingdom of heaven.
The author hopes that religious and well-inclined pa. rents will join with him in this so necessary and noble a work, of seeking the youth's welfare ; and desires, as they may approve this labour of love, that they would be instrumental to disperse or bestow this among, or to, their children and neighbours, the charge being inconsiderable.
And if any are benefitted hereby, it will abundantly satisfy for the labour taken herein. And may the Lord of all bless thee and thine, in all good things, who is wor. thy to be loved, served, and obeyed, by all mortals, to whom praise only is due for ever.