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ftem of opinions, but never tried'in good earnest to reduce them to practice, may difpute against this doctrine, and flatter themselves into a vain conceit of the vigour and fufficiency of the natural powers they poffefs. But all who are exercised to godliness, who have put their strength to the trial, (and they only are competent judges in a question of this nature,) know the truth of what I have been proving, and will be ready to attest it from their own experience. Nevertheless, as pride is the last part of the old man that dies, it will be profitable even for such persons to “ be put in remembrance u of thefe things, though they know them, " and be established in the present truth.” Have you experienced the power of divine grace ? have you tafted and seen that the Lord is good ? then furely it is meet that your fouls should bless him. But, o be humble! and give check to any self-exalting thoughts. Consider both where and what You are ftill upon earth, part

of the wilderness lieth before you, and you must pafs through the valley and shadow of death, before you can enter into the pro


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mised land. Many seeds of corruption still
lodge in your nature; many enemies beset
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measure to yourselves, if you depend upon the grace you have already received, as if that would be sufficient for the time to come, you shall soon get a proof of your ignorance and folly. You need daily grace, as much as daily bread ; for, separated from Chrift, you can do no. thing. Beware, O Christians ! of undertaking any thing in your own strength; for that which is begun in self-confidence, will most affuredly end in shame and disappointment. Go forth in the name of the Lord of Hofts, saying, with good King Jehoshaphat, 2 Chron. xx. 21. “ O Lord, we know

not what to do, but our eyes are towards « thee."--And for your encouragement,

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II. In the second place, Lead your


thoughts to that all-sufficient grace which is treasured up in Christ; whereby the weakest of his people are enabled to endure the buffetings of Satan, and shall finally be made to triumph over all their spiritual enemies.

This is a most comfortable doctrine, and cannot fail to beget joy and confidence in every believing foul. How completely wretched would the discovery of our weakness make us, had we no knowledge where help is to be found, or no hope that help would be granted to us! But blessed be God, neither of thefe is the case. For, ift, An overflowing fountain of


is set open to our view. “ The Word was made “ Aefh,” faith the Apostle John, “ dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, " the glory as of the only begotten of the

Father), full of grace and truth.”—It “ hath pleased the Father,” faith the Apostle Paul, “ that in him should all fulness dwell.” Nay, 66 In him dwelleth all the fulness of “ the Godhead bodily," Colof. ii. 9. Here then is not only fulness, but all fulness; nay, the whole fulness of the Godhead dwelling


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in Christ Jesus : and what words can import a sufficiency of grace, if these do not ? But may we hope that this grace shall be imparted to us ? Yes, we may. For, in the

2d place, The Scriptures assure us, that all this grace is treasured up in Chrift for the behoof of his people. I need not mention particular paffages of Scripture for the proof of this, feeing it evidently appears from the whole strain of divine revelation, where Christ is uniformly represented as a public person, sustaining the character of Mediator or Surety, living and dying, not for himself, but for the sake of those whom the Father had given him. Hence he is called the head, and believers are styled the members of his body. He is compared to the vine ; and, in a suitableness to this figurative representation, believers are denominated branches which grow out of this vine, and derive all their fap and nourishment from it. That remarkable prophecy of Isaiah, chap. lxi. 1.-3. which our Lord applied to himself in the fynagogue at Nazareth, is a clear and strong confirmation of this


truth : “ The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,

because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; “ he hath sent me to bind up the broken“ hearted, to proclaim liberty to the cap“ tives, and the opening of the prison to “ them that are bound ;-to appoint unto " them that mourn in Zion, to give unto “ them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for “ mourning, the garment of praise for the

spirit of heaviness ; that they might be “ called trees of righteousness, the planting “ of the Lord, that he might be glorified.” Here is a plain declaration, that Christ was anointed, and filled with the Spirit, for this very end, that he might dispense to his people those supplies of grace which their various cases and neceflities might require. We are further assured,

3dly, 'That Christ, upon all occasions, is willing and ready to impart his grace unto them according to their need. Ignorance of this keeps many Christians in a languishing dejected state. Though they know, , that the fulness of the Godhead dwelleth in Christ, and that all

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