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A fourth branch of examination respects our love ; love te God, love to the Saviour, and love to our neighbour. Do we love God fupremely? Is the bleffed Redeemer precious to us as he is to them that believe !--and are we cultivating love to our neighbour, or loving him as ourselves?
Lastly, we should enquire into our new obedience } whether our obedience arises from new views, new principles and new motives. Do we make choice of the law of God for the rule of our life? Do we delight in it after the inward man? Are we honestly endeavouring after conformity thereto, ?--Thus we should examine ourselves as a duty preparative to our ce. lebration of the fupper of the Lord, left coming unworthily we eat and drink judgment to ourselves.
: But it is time that this subject should be brought to a conclusion. And this shall be done in a brief exhortasion.
Let all be folemnly exhorted to the practice of this impor. tant duty of self-examination. Be not flothful and careless in a matter of such momentous consequence. Beware you at tend not upon this ordinance through formality, or as custom leads the way. But engage in it in felf-dedication, renewing your covenant with God, fetting to it this feal, that God is truc. Maintain a deep sense of your exceeding great finful. ness and unworthiness. Loath and abhcr yourselves and repent around the 'sacred board with a broken heart. Look on him whom you have pierced and crucified by your iniquities, and mourn in" bitterness, with all that melting feeling, and sincerity, which aflicts the foul of him who mourns for a firlt born child.
Consider the fins you have been guilty of since the last time of communicating ; the passions which have burit forth ; the corruptions that have been indulged, and acknowledge them in deep contrition before God. Let us lay afide malice, envy, wrath and every bule propensity and inclination, and wait on
our precious Saviour in faith and love, in the exercise of every grace, and with full purpose of soul to live in the pra&tice of every virtue. “Purge out the old leaven, that ye may be a * new lump as ye are unleavened, for Christ our passover is " facrificed for us. : Therefore let us keep the feast not with " the old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and “ wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and • truth."
Remembering Christ at his Fable.
Luke axii. 19. This de in Remcmbrance of mes
TO love, receive and trust in the precious Redeemer of the world, to commit our souls to his holy keeping, and rest solely on bis atoning merits for eternal life, is the absolute duty of all the children of men, to whom the revelation of his name is made knows. All who enjoy the light of the gospel, ought to have his chara&er engraven upon their hearts in everlasting remembrance. And the happy individuals who have felt the power of his grace and tasted his loving kindness, is it poffible they should ever forget him ? Alas! they forget and neglect him often: But wonder, o Heaven ! and be astonished, Earth! He never either forgets or neglects you. However careless, O! christians, you may be at seasons with refpect to the blessed Saviour, the Shepherd of Israel, who never fum. bers nor feeps, ceases not for a moment his watch over you: * Thus faith the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel, -Can a wo. “ man forget her sucking child, that the should not have com* palfion on the son of her womb ; yea, they may forget, yet
it will I not forget thee,' Behold I have graven thee upon the “ palms of my hairds; thy walls are continually before me.” Hearken, O! believers, to the declarations of him, who was crucified and shed his blood for you.
“ You shall feed in the ways, and your pallures Ihall be in the high places. You « shall not bunger nor thirst, neither shall the heat, nor the « fun staice you: for he that hath mercy on yous Thall lead you
even by the springs of water shall he guide you.” Does the blered Jufus, thus remember his dear people, and are they unmindfal of him? How should chis awaken all their fenfibilities, and banith theit ftupid inconfideration, and canle floods of tears to gush from their tepenting eyes ? But for the support of poor, feeble and forgetful believers, hearken to this sweet des claration of your all sufficient intercalor. * Like as a father " pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him, * for he knoweth our frame : he remembereth that we are « dost.” His remembrances in his life and death, and when his saving blood was flowing from every vein, are too numerous for a present recital, the whole of which is compresied in the ordinance we are now about to celebrate. This was his left supper on earth, and an illustrious instance of his infinite and dying love for his church. This he left as a last public gift, and a distinguishing memorial of himself, by which in symbolical representations, le is to be exhibited in all that he did and fuffered for apoftate man, until the consumption of all things. Chrit intended this inftitution for the support, encouragement and comfort of bis Church, to quicken them in duty, to refresh them in their journey thro' the wilderness to be a pillar of shade by day, of light by night, to be bread in the wildeztiess, and. water from the rock. Hence the great commandment in this ordinance is, “This. do. in remembrance “of me," How sweet the precept ; how endearing the recol.. lection of all bis humiliation and sufferings, to accomplish the salvation of men and their restoration to the peace, favour and enjoyment of Good. The enjoyment of God, how great the
idea ? a happiness, higher than heaven, broader than the earth, and more extentive than the fea. And this, O rememberer of Chrilt, and more than this, will be the portion of thy soul for
There is an awful refidue in the converted foul of proneness to a forgetfulness of Jesus ; to alleviate and check this disease was one thing designed in this sacred institution. Our Lord, who knew all things, knew how apt the hearts of his people would be to forget him amidlt the throng of their corruptions and the croud of sensible objects; their pleasures and worldly business ; therefore he appointed and left this memorial of himself. Men do not usually neglect the remembrances, the mortal rings and dying signatures of their departed relatives and friends. Christ has here left his church a token of his friend. ship and a dying memorial of all he did for the recovery of the fpiritual life they had loit, and their restoration to the favour of God and forfeited felicity.
It would be impoffible to enter into the nature, designs, uses, benefits and purposes of this holy ordinance in a îngle discourse ; therefore all that will claim your attention at pre. fent shall be only a few meditations on the duty enjoined, and the manner of performing it, agrecable to the commandment in our rext, “ This do in remembrance of me."
First, with regard to the obligations of the duty itself, these can be fcrupled by none, who give any credit to the authority and power invested in our Lord. It was not intended as a temporary ordinance, such as washing of feet, and some other things performed by our Saviour, but never afterwards practifed by his apostles; but it was ordained to be of standing use in the Church throughout all generations. Hence it was a du. ty observed by the apostolic and all succeeding charches down to the present day. I grant there have been fome in all ages and many in the present day, who have and do consider it as a