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That man who has Christ in his heart, has enough to satisfy him, want what he will. And let a man have what he will, if he has not Christ in him, he has not what can satisfy him. All the devil's trash can never fill the heart; many an empty space is in that heart, where Christ is not; which plagues them with a dog-like appetite, which is never satisfied.

2. There is a fill proposed and offered to empty finners. This is a foul-fill; a filling with all the fulnessof God. This is the only thing which can fill the mouth of the soul, which is the mouth meant in the text ; for it is an easy thing to find among the creatures a fill to the mouth of the body, which can hold but little ; but the whole creation cannot fill the mouth of the soul. The Lord only can fill it, he only can satisfy and still the restless soul, and so make it, after many years, disappear, and fall asleep in the bofom of God; and after the most pinching straits, to say, “ I have all, and abound.”-We have,

3. The party communicating this soul-fill to the finner : 1, more generally, I the Lord, in opposition to strange gods. That fill you could never get from your idols,

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shall have from me More particularly, it is Jesus Christ, the second person, the great treasurer of heaven, and steward of the fulness of God. It is plain that it is the same Lord who brought the Israelites out of Egypt; and this was no other but Christ, who was known under the Old Testament by the God of Israel, Exod. iii. 2.-8. It was he who wrought that deliverance, as a type and pledge of the great redemption. It was he whom the pillar of cloud and the pillar of fire did represent, even God vailed with flesh. He who brought them out of the land of Egypt, he whom they tempted in the wilderness, and this was Christ: 1 Cor. x. 19. “ Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.”-We have,

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4. The finner's duty in order to this communication: Open thy moutis wide. The word here used is, in Gen. xxvi. 22. rendered making ruom. O the free dom of grace! only make room for a fill, and ye shall have it. Let the soul only, as an hungry infant, lay its mouth by faith on the breasts of Christ's consolations, and they shall flow abundantly. If the spiritual appetite be not wanting, ye shall have a fill; and what can be desired more? unless we would have him to force it upon us. Open thy mouth, do not keep it close, and say you will have none of him. Open to receive, and he will give. Open it wide, the wider you open, the more that

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the I cannot think the wideness in the text is intended to straiten the offer, but rather informs us, that there is a fulness in Christ, sufficient to satisfy the most extended desires of the soul, --From this subject, I take the following DOCTRINE, That Christ Jesus can and will fill the

foul whole mouth is opened wide to receive of and from him.--Forillustrating this doctrine, I shall,

I. Shew what it is to open the mouth of the soul wide to Christ.

II. How Christ fills the soul, so as no other can do. And then,

III. Conclude with some improvement.--We are then,

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I. To shew what it is to open the mouth of the foul wide to Chrift.-This opened mouth confifts, 1. In a light of wants. The soul must be

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brought to a fight of its own emptiness, ere it will open its mouth for a fill from the Lord : Prov. xxvii. 7 « The full foul loatheth an honey-comb: But to the hungry soul, every bitter thing is sweet." The want of this was Laodicea's ruin. She thought herself rich, and increased in goods, and having need of nothing, and knew not that she was wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked. When Christ comes to the soul, he says to it, as he did to the blind

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6. What will ye that I shall do unto you?” He makes persons sensible of their diseases, before he applies the remedy, that his free grace may thus be glorified. Jefus, by his word and Spirit, gives the foul a view of God in his glory; and then the soul cries, I want peace with God; a Media:or, a Christ to stand betwixt me and his consuming fire. He gives the soul —a view of the tribunal of God, before which it must soon appear : And then it cries, Ah! I want a righteousness, a better righteousness than my own, a complete and everlasting righteousness, without which I can never appear with acceptance before this tribunal. --A view of his fins : And then he cries, Where shall I find pardon?--A view of what the law requires, and of wl the finner is in himseif: And then he cries, Ah! I am all wants. I have nothing of myself good, and can do nothing.---This opened mouth consists,

2. In a sense of need.. Persons may see their want of those things, who are not pinched with felt need, but reign as kings without Christ, and say unto God, Job, xxi. 14. 15. “ Depart from us, for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways, What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? And what profit should we have if we pray unto him ?” But the soul whose mouth is opened wide,

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fáys with the prodigal, “ How many hired servants of my father have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger !” Luke, xv. 17. They find that they are undone without Christ. The soul is prefled with that question, What shall I do to be saved ? No happiness to the soul without the enjoyment of God, and no enjoyment of him, but through Christ the Mediator between God and man.—This opened mouth confits,

3. In a holy dissatisfaction with all things befides Christ. Cloathe a starving man with scarlet, fill his pockets with gold, and advance him to the highest honours ; all this is not meat, and therefore he cannot be satisfied. And to the hungry soul there is none, nothing but Christ which can give fatisfaction. They loathe their lufts, which they loved before. A thousand worlds will not fatisfy the foul which fees its need of Christ. When the soul comes to itself again, after it has gone the round of the whole creation for fatiffaction, it returns with the report, Ecclef. i. 2. “ Vanity of vanities, faith the preacher, vanity of vanities, all' is vanity.” It finds at length that the bed is shorter than that one can stretch him. self upon it. --This opened mouth confifts,

4. In the soul's removing its desires from off va. nities, and fixing them on Christ for satisfaction. Like the hungry infant, which has been sucking in vain at this and the other object which was 'neareft it, and could never rest; when the breast is. put in its mouth, it opens its mouth, and fixes there to fuck. The soul gives over the pursuit of happi. ness in lufts, he finds that gall and wormwood are now. on these breasts. It ceases from hammering; its happiness out of the law, and finds that there. is no pleasing that rigorous husband; the ladder of their duties has so often broken with them, that they despair of ever climbing to heaven this way.. Ii 3

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And so, like men out of breath, in feeking their happiness from other things than Christ, they lie down before the Lord, turning their eyes towards him, that he may take them up, and give them what in vain they have been looking for elsewhere. Their language is, Jerem. iii. 23. “ Truly ja vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, and from the multitude of mountains; truly in the Lord our God is the salvation of Ifrael.”... This opened mouth confifts,

5. In an assured expectation of salvation from Christ : Hofea, xiv. 3. « Asthur shall not save us ; we will not ride upon horses; neither will we say any more to the works of our hands, Ye are our gods : For in thee the fatherless findeth mercy." Mat. xxi. 22. And all things whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." The soul believes that Christ can do it, and so far believes he will do it, as that it ventures on him. Without this, the foul cannot open its mouth to Chrift, but shuts it without hope. Though the hopes may be very faint, yet the trembling hand may receive Christ, and the quivering mouth may be filled.—This opened mouth confifts,

Lastly, In a hearty willingness to receive Christ as he offers himself in the gospel. Christ says, " I am the bread of life ;" the soul is well content to receive him as such, for all and instead of all. They fed on the hulks before, and loathed the manna ; now nothing relishes so well with them as the bread which came down from heaven. They are brought over all their objections againft him, and are well content to venture their souls on him, as it is he alone who can fill them with all the fulness of God.-We now proceed,

II. To shew how Christ fills the foul so as no other can do: Open tły mouth wide, and I will fill

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