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Laflly, Fear not, O trembling soul! Entertain indeed a profound reverence of God, but away with your saithless sears, which consuse and dis'compose the soul on the mount with God. Remember, upon the nobles he laid not his hand. Being in the covenant, you are under a covett of blood, and, by virtue of it, may assuredly expect sasety.—Here some may propose this question, How shall we manage that we get this sight? To which I answer,

Be exercised to take up the covenant in a suitable manner, ver. 4.— 1. Take some time this night by yourselves, and consider the covenant,— your undone state without it,—the suitableness of it to your case,—the absolute necessity of being in it. Labour to understand it, and examine yourselves, as to your willingness to come into it.— Solemnly enter this night into the covenant, ver. 3. Though ye have done it before, do it again, and do it with more heartiness, ver. 7. Let this solemn transaction with God go before your solemn approach, and do not venture to set God's seal to a blank, to sit down at his table, while ye have not honestly accepted of his covenant.—Again, sprinkle the blood of the sacrisice on your souls, before ye venture to go forward, ver. 8. Apply Christ's blood by saith to your own fouls, laying the weight of all your guilt over upon it; believing sirmly, that it is sufficient to purge you from all sin l and in this way come forward to the Lord with holy boldness, under the covers of this blood.—Once more, shake off 3II worldly thoughts and affections; labour to be in a heavenly frame: the nobles left the croud at the soot of the hill, and went up into the mount.

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Put off your shoes, when you come on this holy ground.—Still sarther, come forward under a due fense of the command of God; they went up because they were called, and so must you from conscience of Christ's command: "Do this in remembrance of me." Labour to have the sense of this command increased upon your spirits, as necessary to produce suitable obedience.—Lastly, open the eyes of saith, and look; the mouth of saith, and eat what is set before your soul there, a flain Saviour, with all his benesits. Amen.

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COSrEL PRIVILEGES WONDERS OF
GRACE.

SERMON LXV.

Exod. xxiv. II. And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not hit hand: also they saw God, and did eat and drink.

Having, in the preceding discourse, considered the sirst doctrine taken from these words, we go on to a short illustration of

Doct. II. That it Is a wonder of grace, that sinsul creatures, in their solemn approaches to God, are savoured with special sights of, and an holy samiliarity with him, and yet come off sase.

In speaking to this point, we shall,

I. Shew that it is a wonder of grace, that sinful creatures are admitted to fee God, and to be familiar with him.

II. Shew that it is a wonder that in their solemn approaches, and when they are thus favoured, ^ey yet come off sase.

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III. Explain how it comes to pass, that their sasety, when thus savoured, is secured.—And then,;

IV. Make some short improvement.

We are, I. To shew that it is a wonder of grace that sinsul creatures are admitted to see God, and be samiliar with him. We think we need say little for proof of this. Only consider,

1. The insinite distance that there is between God and the creature in respect of persection. The distance betwixt an angel and a moth is but sinite; but betwixt God and us the distance is insinite. And therefore, no wonder that when beholding the glorious persections of God, we dwindle into nothing in our own eyes, and say with Abraham, Gen. sviii. 27. " Behold now, we have taken upon us to speak unto the Lord, which are but dust and ashes;" and cry out with Solomon, 1 Kings, viiii. 27. «« But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven, and heaven of heavens, cannot contain thee v how much less this house that I have builded?" Remember, ye saints, that though God has laid by his enmity, he retains his sovereignty over us; and therefore it is admirable condescension,. that he is pleased to allow us to see him, and to enjoy holy samiliarity with him.—Consider,

2. That it is the same God who is such a severe and dreadsul avenger of sin : Psal. v. 5. "The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity." Habak. i. 13. "Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, ancr canst not look on iniquity." This same God who allows his covenant-people a sight of his glory, and a holy familiarity with him on the mount of ordinances.

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ccs, is fae who thrust Adam out of paradise,— drowned die old world,—rained sire and brimstone upon Sodom and Gomorrah. He who gives some the cup of salvation at his table, is the (ame who makes others of their sellow-creatures drink the wine-cup of his sury. He who makes some feast in his presence, is the same from whose presence others shall be punished with everlasting destruction.

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II. To show that it is a wonder of grace that fmsul creatures, in their solemn approaches to God, and when they are thus savoured, come off sate. —This will appear if we consider,

1. The insinite holiness and spotless purity of that God before whom the fmsul creature appears. He is glorious in holiness, and searsul in praises, Exod xv. 11. Even angelical purity is dim in his light, and is a sort of impurity, when compared with the insinite holiness of God, Job, Xv. 15. Even they are chargeable with folly in his sight; potential folly, (though not actual), a kind of impersection inseparable from the nature of the creature, in any state whatsoever: Job, iv. 18. ** Behold, he put no trust into his servants; and his angds he charged with folly." (Hebrew, He puts chargeth). And therefore, even the consirmed angels cover their seet with their wings, Isa. Vi . 2. as if they would tell us that persect created holiness is but a dark and smoaky light before uncreated holiness. Shining holiness in some of the saints en earth, has a damping l-ower with it. The vtry sight of one that convnicingly walks close with God, is enough to strike a damp on the heart of a loose- prosessor or apostate. How

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