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to entertain very serious and awful thoughts of God's Omniscience, that we are in his presence, and, under his eye, that he observes our whole deportment, that he searcheth our Hearts and Reins, and understandeth our Thoughts afar off. Accordingly we must present our selves before him, not as a thing of course, or only to comply with a Cuitom, but as in the light of God, with reverent apprehensions of his Divine and Infinite Majesty, with all Lowliness and Humility of Mind, with Souls bowing and cast down to the dust, under the sense of our own unworthiness, with Consciences void of all Offence, with Spirits enflamed with the Love of God and Man, and with that true sincerity and simplicity which is the inseparable Ornament of every honest heart, and which in the light of God is of great price.
3. THE happy hour being now come, that we are to be entertained at God's Table, and must take the Seals of his Covenant into our Mouths, we should remember the promises we made to God in private, we should repeat our Vows and Resolutions, and put our Souls upon fresh exercises of Faith and Holiness. SEEING Holiness ever becometh the
House of God, and especially when we Celebrate this Holy Mystery, we are to void and empty our Minds, as much as 'tis possible, ofevery thing that is earthly or unclean ; to lift up our hearts, and fix them upon things above; to employ our thoughts only upon that Divine Service we are now concern'd in; to be full of Heavenly Contemplations, and so to warm our affections by them, that with Angels, of Archangels, and with all the Company of Heaven we may most devoutly Praise and Magnifie the Name of him, whom those Blessed Spirits above continually worship, and rest not day and Night, saying Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, which war, and is, and is
Be sure to act your Repentance over again, because this is the thing which through the blood of Christ doth lan&ifie the unclean, and render us capable of the Benefits of the Sacrament. Mortifie therefore your Members, which are upon the Earth, and all the sinful deeds of the Body, Adultery, Fornication, Uncleanness, Inordinate Affection, Evil Concupiscence, Coverousness (which is Idolatry) Hatred, Variance, Emulations, Wrath, Strife, Seditions, Heresies, Envyings,
Murthers, Drunkenness, Revellings, and fuch like, of which the Holy Scripture plainly tells us, that they which do such things shall not inherit the Kingdom of God, Gal. 5:21.
These Vices therefore, and whatever else any of us may be more especially addicted or enclined to, we must seriously endeavour by the help of God's Grace, and to the utmost of our power to subdue and cast away, from us; and then is a most necessary time to do this, at least to do it in purpose and resolution of heart, when we are now going to the Holy Table; then it is time indeed to resolve upon amendment and newness of Life, and to vow entire obedience to the Laws of Christ's Religion, as far as 'tis consistent with this State of mortality and weakness, and as far as 'tis possible for poor Creatures that are compassed a. bout with so many infirmities; then it is time to cleanse our selves from all filthiness of Flesh and Spirit, to enter at least upon a Life of Holiness; to wash our hands and hearts in Innocence, and so to compass the Altar of God.
BEING thus rightly disposed, we are then to behold the Fountain which is opened to us for Sin, and for Uncleanness, I mean the blood of Christ, which purgeth our Consciences from all dead works, to serve
the living God, Heb. 9. 14. Now 'tis a seasonable time for us to call to mind the coronary Thorns, the Scourge, the Nails, and the Spear which opened this Fountain. To remember our blessed Lord's ·Agony in the Garden, his bloody Sweat, his Buffetings and Stripes, his dolours and most bitter Death upon the Cross. To confider that all this was for us sinful Men, and for our Salvation, to reconcile us to his Father, to Redeem us from all Iniquity, and to beget us again to a lively Hope, to an Inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in Hea. ven for us; because he so loved us all, that whosoever 'believeth in him shall not perish, but have Everlasting Life. These Holy Meditations are not only proper and seasonable, when we are now at the Supper of the Lamb, but they are moreover naturally apt to enflame your Affections with the love of Jesus, to dissolve and melt you into Penitential showers, to ravish your Hearts with a sense of his infinite Goodness, to fill you with Divine Extasies and Raptures, and to fix your Resolutions of obeying for ever the Author of your Salvation; of following his blessed steps with all Meekness and Humility, and of bearing, not only his Yoak, but even his Cross too, and in all
things things of being made conformable to his Image.
NEXT to the love of God, and of Christ, let the love of all Mankind replenish and possess your Hearts. God forbid that Malice, or Uncharitableness, or Bitterness, and Raricour of Spirit, God forbid that any of these, or such unclean things should ever be brought before the * Altar of Peace, and Reconciliation. If he so loved us, we ought to love one another; because, he tasted Death for evety Man; b: is not willing that any should perish, but that all fhould come to Repen. tance, he is the Saviour of all Men, especi'ally of them that believe; and seeing every Soul" is precious in his fight ; every Soul should be dear to us; and our Love to all Mankind should be extensive and unlimit. ed, as his was: And to express this Love we should be ready to do good to all, defire and endeavour the Salvation of all, and devoutly pray (as the Primitive Christians did, whose Hearts were so warm with the Blood of Christ) for the whole Race of Mankind, nog only for the Church of God and for every part and Member thereof, but for all too that are as yet without the borders of the Sanctuary,and for all Estates and Conditions of Men, that no corner of the Universe may be too remote for our