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me, and dwell in me for ever, so that I may always have cause to bless thee for so incomparable a gift.”
Ephes. ii, 18. Through him we both have access by one
Spirit unto the Father. Jesus, our Lord, having reconciled us to God by the cross, may I practically know what it is to have access unto him, through Christ, by the Spirit. I desire to know the great and glorious doctrine of this day, not as - a matter of theory or belief merely, but as a thing of experience, and daily practice. Deliver me from a
a proud and presumptuous spirit that would cavil at thy truth. Deliver me from a too curious and prying spirit, that would attempt to comprehend that which it has not pleased thee fully to reveal. Give me grace in all simplicity of heart to receive what thou hast declared, and, feeling my own ignorance and nothingness, to adore thee in thy incomprehensible Majesty,' and unsearchable Glory.
Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, I come to thee as one that spared not thy beloved Son for us, and art now reconciled by him; and I beseech thee, receive, provide for, and bless me.
Blessed Redeemer, thou art the ways the truth, and the life, my mediator and my advocate, my hope is in thy merits and thy intercession.
Holy Spirit, the Comforter, who shewest the Saviour to sinners, I look to thee to teach and guide, to purify, strengthen, and console me.
Texts selected for Meditation, and arranged
under different heads. THE frequent recurrence of the duty of attending at the Lord's table, makes it desirable to have a greater variety in the subjects of pious reflection, than the preceding meditations furnish; still, however, keeping in mind the main point to be dwelt upon at the Lord's table, the death of Christ as a sacrifice for sin. In this view the following passages of Scripture have been selected, that the communicant may from time to time choose those subjects of contemplation, which may be most adapted to the present state of his mind, and yet have his eye chiefly fixed on Christ. Younger Christians may find it advantageous to commit to their memory some of these passages. David says,-- Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
1...THE LOVE OF GOD. John iii, 16. God so loved the world, that he gave his onlybegotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
1 John iii, 16. Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us.
1 John iv, 10. Herein is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
8. God commendeth his love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Rom. viii, 32. He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things.
Isa. Ixiii, 7. I will mention the loving kindness of the Lord, and the praises of the Lord, according to all that the Lord hath bestowed upon us, and the great goodness towards the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his loving kindness.
Isa. xlix, 15, 16. Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.
Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands : thy walls are continually before me.
2. THE LOVE OF CHRIST.
John xv, 13. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Rom. v, 10. When we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son.
Eph. iii, 18. To comprehend with all saints, what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and heighth, and to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge.
Eph. v, 2. Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God, for a sweet-smelling
John xv, 9. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you; continue ye in my love.
2 Cor. v, 14. The love of Christ constraineth us ; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead.
John xiii, 3. Having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.
Rev. i, 5, 6. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father, to him be glory and dominion, for ever and ever. Amen.
3.-THE SUFFERINGS OF CHRIST.
Isa. lii, 14. His visage was so marred, more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men. So shall he sprinkle
Isa. liii, 3. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.
Isa. liji, 10. It pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to‘grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed.
Matt. xxvi, 38. Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death.
Lam, i, 12. Is it nothing to you all ye that pass by? behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow which is done unto me, wherewith the Lord hath afflicted me, in the day of his fierce
ger. Heb. xii, 2. Who for the joy set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Lake xxiii, 33. And when they were come to the place which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.
John xix, 34. One of the soldiers, with a spear, pierced his side : and forthwith came thereout blood and water.
1 Cor. xv, 3. Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, and he was buried, and rose again the third day.
Luke xxiv, 26. Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?
4.--THE ATONEMENT OF CHRIST. Isa. liii, 6. All we, like sheep, have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way, and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Isa. liii, 7. He was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
Matt. xxvii, 28. The Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
Rom. iv, 5. Who was delivered for our offences, and raised for our justification.
Rom. v, 6. When we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
Eph. i, 7. We have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.
1 Tim. ii, 6. He gave himself a ransom for all.
Heb, ix, 28. Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many.
1 John ii, 1. If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
9. Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood, out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation.
Exod. xii, 23. When he seeth the blood on the door, he will not suffer the destroyer to come in to smite you.
Rom. v, 10. We were reconciled to God by the death of his Son.
Col. i, 19. It pleased the Father that in him should all ful
ness dwell; and having made peace through the blood of his oross, by him to reconcile all things to himself.
Heb. ii, 17. A merciful and faithful High Priest, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
5.-THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. John xv, 26. When the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me.
John xvi, 8. When he is come, he shall reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.
Rom. viii, 9. If any may have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
Rom. v, 5. The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts, by the Holy Ghost which is given us.
1 Cor. xii, 3. No man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
John xvi, 7. It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you: but if I depart, I will send liim unto you.
2 Cor. iii, 17. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
2 Cor. iii, 18. But we all, with open face, beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image, from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Gal v, 22, 23. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.
6.- THE NEW COVENANT.
Heb. viii, 10--12. This is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts, and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people.
And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord; for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
Heb. xii, 22--24. Ye are come unto Mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels.
To the general assembly and Church of the first-born, which are written in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect.
And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the