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ser. V. Christ. They walk in the liberty of the sons of God, enjoying the comforts of the Holy Ghost
2. A believing use of the Lord's Supper, will save us from casting in our lot with those who are strangers to God and his Christ.
We shall separate ourselves from their iniquities, that thus we may escape their judgments in this world. The command is, “ Be not ye therefore partakers with them.” Connected as we are in social intercourse with others; insensibly adopting their maxims, and assimilating to their manners, few commands are more difficult to be obeyed than this. Hence you perceive the importance to Christian character and conduct, of partaking of the Lord's Supper in faith, that the evils to which we are exposed from our relations in life may be avoided or rectified.
3. A believing use of the Lord's Supper will save us from the dispiriting and injurious effects of adversity and sorrow, as also from the power of all our enemies.
Here we have sealed to us his favour, who is God in providence, as well as King in Zion; Lord of angels, as well as men; Conqueror of principalities and powers, as well as Protector of his chosen. He will hide us in the hollow of his hand from' every storm. Or, if the storm be permitted to burst over our heads, he will protect us from its injuries. Whatever afflictions may befal us, the curse being taken out of them, he will convert into blessings, for our growth in grace. Everything shall work for our good. “ Neither--angels, nor principalities, nor “ powers, nor things present, nor things to “ come, nor height, nor depth, nor any “ other creature, shall be able to separate « us from the love of God which is in Christ « Jesust.” Death itself will be converted into our unspeakable gain, our everlasting glory. .
e Eph. v. 7.
Communicants! suffer not the thoughts of God's wrath to obscure your view of his love, as exhibited in this ordinance. Believe with your whole hearts in him who is the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Take him by an especial act now as your God, and the God of your families.
f Rom. viii. 38, 39.
THE ONLY SAFETY, &c. [ser. V. Cast all your care, for yourselves and yours, on the Surety of the covenant. Leave yourselves with him, in this day of calamity', that he may order your case. Only be careful that ye so commune, that from adversity, if it should befal, the curse may be removed. See that ye are marked with the blood of the Covenant, that, as the destroying angel is passing over the land, and pouring the plagues of God's wrath in the habitations of sinful men, ye may be safe. AMEN.
: This sermon was preached during the late war.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BELIEVERS
AND THE MEN OF THE WORLD.
NUMBERS XXIII. 9.
Lo! the people shall dwell alone, and · shall not be reckoned among the na
THESE words were spoken by Balaam, the son of Beor, who had been sent for by Balak, king of Moab, to curse Israel. In their literal meaning, they refer to the peculiar separation of God's chosen people, under the Mosaic economy, from other nations, by their laws, religion, and character, as a holy people. Hence they may be fitly applied VOL. II,
to the people of God under the Gospel oeconomy, as distinguished from the rest of the world. In this light they will now be used, and a suitable explanation of them given.
I. The people of God, all believers, are distinguished from the men of the world, in God's electing love.
It is this, and this alone, that is the source of their blessings in this world, and of their hopes of eternal happiness. From eternity he viewed them in the face of Jesus, the appointed Mediator of sinners. In the fulness of time, he called them by his grace, justified them through the merits of Christ, sanctified them by his Holy Spirit, and preserves them by his almighty power, through faith unto salvation. Thus the apostle addresses believers: “ By grace are ye saved, through 66 faith ; and that not of yourselves; it is the “ gift of God: not of works, lest any man s should boast. For we are his workman« ship, created in Christ Jesus unto good “ works, which God hath before ordained " that we should walk in them.” “Not by “ works of righteousness," saith he in another
a Epb. ü. 8--10. :