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must humble our souls in his sight, and tell him all our wants, grief, and sorrow. Now, if thou will hear my words, so that thy heart pant for this holy spirit, then that will surely come upon thee; but if thou find it not at the first, wait with patience for your Lord; but rest not satisfied in sin, but proceed in the way of righteousness, and at his good time he will give you his blessing. But some poor sinner may say, how shall I realize this holy spirit, as a truth in my soul? Now, hear my words, when thou realize it, thou shall find it come with love into thy soul, it may be when thou are in earnest prayer to God, and the watery drops issuing from thine eyes, and it may be in thy prayer that thou may find the heavens like iron and brass to thy soul; but struggling by faith and importunity, the Lord will make thy soul more humble, and bring it nearer to himself: then thou shalt find the love of God break into thy soul, and the power of the Holy Ghost shall come upon you, then thou shall find thy sins pardoned, and thou shall feel, that joy and comfort that thou never felt in all thy life before, and thou shall feel an hatred against all sin, and thou shall find that the love of God has took possession of your soul, so that thou would be willing to leave all things on earth, to be at rest with thy dear Redeemer in heaven, and thou shall know, and be satisfied that it was from the Lord that thou received this sanctifying spirit; then shall it be fulfilled in your mind the words of our Lord, Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. (Matt. v. 6.) Now my friends, if thou enjoy this consolation in thy soul, thou will be ready to sing that divine hymn which you may find in my little book, called Exhortation. And surely then he will commend his loving-kindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with thee, and thy prayer unto the God of thy life: so then at these blessed seasons thou shall find the grace and love of God imparted unto your soul, and your understanding in the holy Scriptures shall be enlarged, and so in that day in compliance to the Prophet, thou shalt say, 0 Lord, I will praise thee; though thou was angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me. Behold, God is my salvation: I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength, and my song: and he also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvatir'n. (Isaiah xii.) Therefore if the Christian enjoys such
pleasures at some certain times while he is on the earth in the flesh, what shall his joys be then when he leaves the flesh, and his soul mounts up into heaven, and drinks of the rivers of love?
And again our Lord comforteth his people, and saith,
Verily, verily I say unto you, If a man keep my saying,^ he
shall never see death. (John viii. 51.) And whosoever
liveth, and believeth in me, shall never die. (John xi. 26.)
That is, he shall never die eternal, for the Lord shall rise
him up and quicken his soul, so that he shall never taste the
pangs of eternal misery. And as the Father hath loved me,
so have I loved you, saith our Lord: continue ye in my
love. This is my commandment, That ye love one another,
as I have loved you. (John xv. 9, 12.) And greater love
hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his
friends. (verse 13.) But did not thou, blessed Lord, excel
this? for when we were enemies to thee by wicked works, did
not thou lay down thy life for thy foes? But now being
made new creatures in Christ Jesus, let us walk worthy of
our vocation, And if the world hate us, we know that it
hated our Lord before it hated us. If ye were of the world,
the world would love his own, but because ye are not of the
world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the
world hateth you. (John xv. 18, 19.) But if God loveth
B>, we need not fear the frowns of the world, for behold how
he prayeth for his disciples : I pray for them, saith he: I pray
not for the world: but for them which thou hast given me;
for they are thine. And all mine are thine, and thine are
mine; and I am glorified in them. (John xvii. 9, 10.)
And St. Paul breaks out, and saith, Blessed be God, even
the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of all mercies,
and the God of all comfort: who comforteth us in all our
tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are
in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are
comforted of God. (2 Cor. i. 3,4.) But again, see what manner
of love Christ hath for his disciples, and calleth them his
brethren, and he saith unto Mary after his resurrection, Go
to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father
and your Father, and to my God and your God. (John xx.
17;) But note the character of a child of God. He that
hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that
loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my
Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to
him. (John xiv. 21.) 0, what a blessed thing it is for us to become the sons and daughters of the Lord" Almighty.
O Lord, we entreat thee, through thy dear son, to help us to pray, and let our cry come unto thee. Be thou pleased, O Lord, to destroy our nature of sin, and let thy love possess our souls. O, how can we love thee enough, thou blessed Jesus, when we behold how thou hast loved us, and hast redeemed thy people by thy precious blood. O, how can we turn thee back, thou lovely Lamb, seeing that thou hast loved us from the foundation of the world, and gave thy life as a ransom to deliver us from our sins; and when we see and feel thy kind invitation, and so many of thy comfortable promises, and how willing thou are to receive us, and to doʻus good, and to bring us to thy heaven of love, to feel, and see, and behold thy glory, and to have a share with thee, and to enjoy rest and peace, and love, and happiness with thee, and with thy dear saints for ever and ever. O, it is enough to stir us up to love thee, O Lord, and to leave the beggarly elements of this sinful world, and I say again, as I have said before
Not all the world in its gay show
Where my Redeemer is arrayed in love,
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God. (Eph. ii. 8.), Help, us therefore, O Lord, to love thee, and to praise thee,, and to admire thee, for in thy presence there is fullness of joy, and at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. And may God grant, that we may all partake of it, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. ,
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BOOK THE FIFTEENTH.
The Universal or General Day of Salvation.
This Book contains in it that happy day of Glory as some call it, relating to those important passages of Scriptures which speak of it, and it is drawn up and set in order, and selected from the Holy Scriptures by chapter and verse, so that you have a clear view of it, and that you need not search the Scriptures much concerning these things, because this is Scripture itself; and all my Works are set forth in like manner, so t/tat it needs but little trouble to find out almost any important subject you may want. This Work is well worthy of your notice, and «nds with an observation to avoid errors: and also the Autlwr's Prayer.
The spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound. (Isaiah lxi. 1.—Luke iv. 18.) Surely, the spirit of the Lord of love and grace, came upon Isaiah in his days, and he preached the everlasting Gospel of Christ, both to Jew, and Gentile: but yet Christ, is the real true and holy anointed. (Matt. iii. 16.) And can, and is able and willing to save his people from their sins; and he can bind up and heal the broken hearted. (See Matt. v.) And he can proclaim liberty to the captives, and rescue their souls from bondage. (Matt. ix. 2.) And he can open the prison door, to' them that are bound. (Acts v. 19.—chap, xii 7.) And he hath purchased our salvation with his own blood; therefore, hath the Father given all power to the Son, and he will not deny him any thing which he desireth. Ask of me, and I
shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and .the.
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uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. (Psalm ii. 8.) Therefore my fellow sinners, seeing that we may be reclaimed again, and that, by redeeming love, let us then embrace the Gospel of Christ, who is so willing to receive us and to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness; and to give us grace and glory. And again, behold what free salvation we may enjoy, through our blessed Lord:'I will say to the north, Give up, and to the south, Keep not back. Bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth: even every one that is called by my name, ibr I have created him for my glory. Therefore seeing that this is the will and pleasure of the Lord, even our salvation; we ought then my brethren to pray continually, as one bo dy in Christ, and that the work of the Lord may prosper, so that his word might be fulfilled, where it is said, All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord ; and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee. For the kingdom is the Lord's: and he is the governor among the nations. (Psalm xxii. 27, 28.) And 0 that he may have dominion from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth. (Psalm lxxii. 8.) And that men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God: for they shall wisely consider of his doing. (Psalm lxiv. 9.) And again in another place, David saith by way of exhortation, All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee: they shall sing to thy name. Selah. That is, I believe, some in all parts of the earth: and that by the preaching of the everlasting Gospel, accomplished by the righteousness and power of Christ, through grace unto salvation. (Psalm lxvi. 4.) And in another Psalm, David seems also to have this confidence, and saith, All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, 0 Lord; and shall glorify thy name. (Psalm lxxxvi. 9.) And again, relating to the display of God's honour, and his blessed Gospel, Isaiah lifts up his voice, and saith, And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. (Isaiah xl. $•.) .. Amen, and so be it, Lord Jesus. And may glory and honour be ascribed to thy most holy name, for thy free redemption. Therefore he saith, Shake thyself from the dust: arise, and sit down, 0 Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, 0 captive daughter of Zion. (Isaiah lii. %.) And again, 0 that we may rejoice, in the goodness and in the power of our God. For thus it is written, the Lord