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Christ, proclaims thus, Ifa.55.1. Ho every one hat thirfteth, come ye to the waters, &c. 2. His see and general invitation when he was in the vorld, John 7:37. In the last day, that great Lay of the Feast, fesus stood and cried, saying, if ny one thirst, let him come to me and drink, And Mat.11.:8. Come unto me all ye that labour, and re heavy laden, and I will give you reft. 3. His reat kindnefse to poor finners expressed after is afcention, and leaving the world, Rev.22.17. Let him that is athirst come, and whosoever wil, et him take the waters of life freely: That these vere the words of Christ, appeares, v. 20. where 'cis said, He that testifieth these things, Caith, surely I come quickly.
3. Consider, that to believe, and rest on Christ crucified, and to take him for our Lord and Saviour, is to perform that act, to which iuftification and remission of fins is promised, John 3.16. God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him, should not perish, but have everlasting life, Christ and all his benefics are promised to a believing soul. Wilc thou not cherefore give up thy self to him.
4. Consider, 'cis the duty of all truly humbled sinners, to go to Christ, and believe in him. Tis the duty of a fick man, to apply himself to a skilful Physician ; and as such an ere must noc destroy his own life, by a wilful refusing the
Phyfick chat would cure him; so neicher mut the bumbled finner destroy his own soul, by refusing to close with Christ; He must not add co all che rest of his fins unbelief, and a wilfull nez. left of Christ, and the salvacion by him purcha
. sed, and so freely offered.
5. Consider chac che humbled finner by believing in Christ, does not only bring comfort
, and falvation to his own soul, but also in an eminent manner brings Glary to God: When thoa (though discouraged in chy self, by reason of thy sins) darest venture chy soul in che hands of Chrift: When thou makest thy way through all doubts, scruples, and misgivings of hears, and ! takest Gods bare Word, because he hach faidic, (thereby sercing Chy seal to his cruth and faithfulnesse) and doft resolve co chrow thy self on his free Mercy, and Christ's Merits, for pardon and life, to lay chy soul at Christ's feer, and to clasp about him, chough he kill chee: This is an excellent, and an heroical act of Faich, which brings Glory to God, as Abrahams Faith did: Of whom it is said, Rom.4.30. Thas be stagge ręd not at the promise of God through unbelief, bat w.xs ftrong in Faith, giving Glory to God.
6. Confider, 'cis the greatest folly and madgeffe in the world, for an humbled finner not to close with Christ, and commit his soul unto him. What an irrational, and unprofitable fin is unbelief? If we go noc co Cnrilt, Where
can falvation possibly be had ? As those lepers reasoned, 2 King. 7. 3. if we fit ftill we perish. That person is sure to be damned, that keeps off from Chrift. There is no way therefore for a poor finner, but to venture himself into che hands of Chrift, co give up his soul sincerely to him, and to resolve wich himself, if I perish, I will perish at his feet.
7. Lastly, If you think you have cause to fear that Christ is not yet yours, and as yet you have no interest in him, my advice is, thac you now go unto him, now strike up the Covenant becween him and you: Defer no longer , Let this be the marriage-day. Now give up thy selt onfeignedly to be pardoned, fančtified commanded, disposed of, and everlastingly faved by him ; and rest assured he will on no terms cast thee out.
John 3.14. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in
the wildernesse; even so muft the son of man be Lifted up V.15. That whosoever believeth in him, should
not perish, but have eternal life. V.16. For God so loved the world, that begave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him, should not perish, but have everlafting
life. V.36. He that believeth on the Son, hath everlasting life: and be that believeth not the Son,
fhall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth
on him. John 5:40. And ye will not come to me that ye
might have life. John 6.37. All that the Father giveth me shall
come to me, and him that cometh to me, I will
in no wife caftort. Phil. 3.8. Tea doubtlesse, and I count all things but
losse, for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Fefus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the lose of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.“ V.9. And be found in him, not having mine 7. own righteousnes, which is of the Law, but that
which is through the Faith of Christ, the righteoufnesse which is of God by Faith. See more Scriptures concerning Faith, p.106.
Covenanting with God.
Deut.26.17. Thou hast avouched the Lord this
day to be thy God, & to walk in bis waies, and to keep bis Statutes, and his Commandements, and his Fudgments, and to hearken unto bis
voice. Josh.24.21, And the people said unto Fonua, nay,
but we will serve the Lord. V.22. And Foshuah said unto the people, ye are
witnesses against your selves, that ye have choSen you the Lord to ferve him, and they said, we are wit pelles.
of the new Nature, and reformed Life. 4. Having ithas folemnly given up thy self
to Christ, labour to walk worthy of the Lord, to all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work. Let it be chy daily care (begging the affistance of the Spirit to enable thee to morti. fie the old man, to crucifie the flesh, with its affeélia ons, and lufts; to weaken, impair,and destroy the dominicn of the whole body of fin, and to put on the new man; that thou mailt be strengthened & furnished with all saving Graces, to the practise of true holinelle, without which roman hall see the Lord: As Chrift (by his divine power) raised and quickned his own body, when iclay in the grave, fo he conveighs a spiricual life into all his members, raising them from the death of fin, and enabling them to walk in newoeffe of life. I live (faich Paul, Gal.2.2011 get not I, but Christ liveth in me. And the life of Felus is made manifest in our mortal bodies, 2 Cor.4.11. He that abideth in me, and I in him, (saith our Saviour, Fobn 15.5.) bringerb forth much fruit. Beg therefore earnestly of the Lord, thac chou maiest be fanctified throughouts in Spirit, Soul, and Body. Thac shy Understando .