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eth for his only son; and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his sirst-born."
4. Come, tempted sinner, who art harassed with temptations, and art ready to say, One day I shall sall before this great adversary. The Spirit is a spirit of power, 2 Tim. i. 7. It maybe, that temptations come in on thee like a breaking forth of waters, threatening to sweep all before them; but come to Christ for his Spirit, who is able to stem the tide, to create feace, and to make thee more than a conqueror.
5. Come, unfruitsul sinner. The Lord is at much pains with you by ordinances and providences, yet you ;#re barren! you bring forth no fruit answerable to the pains of the Husbandman. What is the reason the Spirit comes not with the word and providences ? But you may have the Spirit from Christ, and this would make you fruitsul: Eph. v. 9. " For the fruit of the Spirit,1 is in nil goodness, and righteousness, and truth." The blowing of thatwind from heaven would make the spices flow out, Cant. iv\ 16. and cause you to make progress, in your journey to the Zion above.
6. Come, unholy sinner. The Spirit which Christ has to give, is a spirit of holiness, Rom. i. 4. He works like water in washing the polluted soul, like sire in burning up corruption. He is the great principle of holiness, who works it wherever he comes, and makes of the very worst a vessel sit for the Master's use.
Lastly, Come to Christ for his Spirit, whatever your case be; you will sind a suitable cure from him, by the sulness of the Spirit in him; he is suited for every case that is put in his hand: Col. ii. 9. 10. "For in him dwelleth all the sulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him,
B is the head of all principalities and powers." will be eyes to the blind, light to them that sit
larkness, legs to the lame, meat to the hungry,
-ik to the thirsty,. cloathing to the naked; all in 1.—To prevail with you in coming to Christ for .ne Spirit, I would ofser you the following MoTives.
Mot. 1. The Spirit of the Lord is absolutely necessary for you to have, you cannot want him, you must have him. The world may as well want the fun, moon, and stars, as you can want the Spirit; for without the Spirit ye can do nothing but sin. When the foul is away, the body is dead, and can do nothing but lie and rot in a grave: And when the Spirit oi God is not in a man, he is dead La sin, and can do nothing but sin: John, vi O3,. "It is the spirit that quickneth, the flesh prositeth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are lise." Ye cannot have a good and acceptable thought, nor perform any duty acceptable: John,- iv. 24. " God is a Spirit, and they that worship him, must worship him in; spirit and in truth." So that all pains are lost upon thee, as on the dead tree, to which summer and winter are alike,—Again, without the Spirit, yeare noiieof Christ's, Rom. viii. 9. "If any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is. none of his." All those who are Christ's, they are sealed ana marked with the Spirit of Christ: Eph. i. 13. " In whom also, after that ye believed, ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise." Men set their mark on thea sheep, and therefore says one, If such a one be one of my shserJ, it has such a mark.; io siys our Lord, If one of'my sheep, he has my Spirit in him; and so without the Spirit, without Christ, and without the Father, therefore without the Spirit, without God in the world. —Farther, t; 2 without without the Spirit, ye are undone for ever; for so ye are without God, and therefore without hope, Eph. ii. 12. The dead corpse may be kept a while, but when there is no hope of the return of lise, it is buried in a grave; so, without the Spirit, ye may be kept a while through God's patience, but the end will be, to be cast into the pit, and buried out of God's sight in siery flames.
Mot. 2. You cannot have the Spirit but from Jesus Christ. The blessed Mediator is the bowl from which this holy oil is conveyed to all the lamps which burn with it. The Spirit, says he, is on me: i John, ii. 20. " But ye have an unction fiom the holy One, and ye know all things," ver. 27. "But the anointing which ye have received of him, abideth in you." The Egyptians must have starved, if they had not been supplied with corn by Joseph, for he had all the corn at his disposal; and we must be for ever without the Spirit, if we receive him not from Christ. The Spirit dwells in none but as. members of Christ ; and whence shall the members have lise but from the Head?
Mot. 3. Ye may have the Spirit, and that freely, from Christ: Prov. i. 23." Turn ye at my reproof; behold, I will pour out my Spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you." And the promise is very bountisul, ye may have all free of cost: Rev. xxii. 17. " And whosoever will, let him take the water of lise freely." The Spirit on Christ is that water of lise which -gives lise to the dead, and lise more abundantly to the living; and the terms are, Ask of him, and he will give thee living water, John, iv. 10. Not only drops of the spirit, but the spirit poured out, floods of the same: Isa. xliv. 3. " For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground; I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing wig upon thine offspring." John, vii. 38. $ty "He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they chat believe on him should receive; for the Holy Ghost was not yet given, because that Jesus was not yet glorisied)."
Lnjlly, By way of motive, if ye will not come to Christ for the Spirit, ye judge yourselves unworthy of eternal lise, ye are slighters of Christ, and dreadsul will your reckoning be : Prov. i. 24.—'27. ■" Because I have called, and ye have resused: I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded. But ye have set at nought'all mycounsel, and would none of my reproof. I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your sear cometh; when your sear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a •whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you." It will be more tolerable for those who never heard where they might partake of the Spirit than for you.
In conclusion, I shall only add the following DiRections.
1. Pray earnestly for the Spirit, in the name of Christ; you have a promise of the Spirit; says God by Ezekiel, xxxvii. 27. " And I will put my spirit within you." And said Jesus, " If ye then being evi!, knowhow to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall not your heavenly Father give his Holy Spirit to them that ask him?" Take courage then, believe the promise, press it, and depend upon it.
2. Unite with Jesus Christ, accepting him in the gospel-offer, and giving yourselves away freely to him. Bring your dead foul to the Lord of lise, and he will breathe in it, and ye shall be like the dead man laid in the sepulchre of Elisha,
C 3 who who revived, and stood upon his seet, whenever he touched the prophet's bones, 2 Kings, xiii. 21.
Lastly, Wait and look for the Spirit in Christ's ordinances, especially the preaching of the gospel. They who would have the wind to blow on them, go out into the open air; though they may for the present miss it, they wait till it blows, when in like manner exercised, then you shall know that the ministration ©f the Spirit is glorious, 2 Cor.iii. 8. Amen.