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IV. Shew how it is their interest to look on themselves as the Lord's.

V. Conclude with fome practical improvement. -We are then,

I. To confirm the doctrine, That it is the duty and intereft of those who have truly given themselves away to the Lord, to look on themfelves as his. This is evident, if you confider,

1. The laudable practice of the faints, who had given themselves away to the Lord. They go over the bargain again, hold by it, and look upon themfelves as the Lord's: Pfal. cxvi. 16. "O Lord, truly I am thy fervant, I am thy fervant, and the fon of thy handmaid, thou haft loofed my bonds." bonds." And Pfal. cxix. 94. "I am thine, fave me." The fpoufe, Song, ii. 16.“ My beloved is mine, and I am his."

2. The Spirit of God inftructs them fo to do. 1 Cor. vi. 19. 20. "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the holy Ghoft, which is in you, which ye have of God? And ye are not your own, for ye are bought with a price: Therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." There is great weight in it, whose we look on ourselves to be. It is the fin of many, that they fay, Pfal. xii. 4. our own: Who is Lord over us?" from Satan, and the corrupt heart. of the Lord teaches his own to look on themselves as his.

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3. The Lord looks on fuch to be his, by a fpecial relation: John, xvii. 9. 10. "I pray for them I pray not for the world, but for them which thou haft given me; for they are thine. And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I

I am glorified in them." Yea, he takes a pleasure to affert his interest in them; he calls them, and pleads with them, to own the mutual relation betwixt him and them: Jerem. iii. 4. " Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My Father, thou art the guide of my youth?"

Laftly, The nature of the thing requires it, for they are his indeed. Honeft covenanters with God, give themselves to the Lord: 2 Cor. viii. 5. "But first gave their own felves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God." They yield themfelves to him, fo that they are his, and therefore should look upon themselves as fuch.-Let us now,

II. SHEW in what refpects those who have given themselves away to the Lord in his covenant, are to look upon themselves as his.

1. They are to look upon themselves as his, in oppofition to all his competitors. The Lord will not divide share in his covenant-people with any whatsoever: Ifa. xxvi. 13. “O Lord our God, other lords befides thee, have had dominion over us; but by thee only will we make mention of thy name.” He will admit no rival with him, but if ye take me, let these gc. The foul, till it comes within the covenant, is in a restless cafe, like a bee going from flower to flower, or a bird from bufh to bufh. The man has many mafters and lords. But when come into the covenant, he breaks his league with them all, and is married to Chrift, to live in undivided fociety with him: Pfal. xlv. 10. " Hearken, O daughter, and confider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father's houfe."

Believers, ye are not your own, and you must no more look on yourselves to be your own, 1 Cor. vi. 19. (quoted above). Have you given yourselves

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away to him? Then you are no more at your own difpofal. Faith is the fouls coming out of itself to the Lord, that he may be all to us, and we as nothing. Away, then, with self-wisdom, it is but folly Self-righteoufnefs, nothing other than rags; and felf-strength is pitiful weakness.

You must no more look on yourselves as the children of your natural father the devil. You have been too long at his beck, his captives, flaves, and drudges. You must now change masters, you muft renounce the prince of darkness, having inlifted with the Prince of peace. They are contrary masters, and ye cannot serve both, Matth. vi. 24. Anfwer all temptations to fin with this, that ye have come out from among them, and therefore have nothing to do with the work or entertainment of the house of hell.

Believers, you are to look on yourselves as no more belonging to the world lying in wickedness : John, xv. 19. " Because ye are not of the world ; but I have chofen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you." Have you come away to Chrift in the covenant? Then you have turned your back on the world, on its courfes and ways, you must no more conform yourselves thereto, but to the heavenly Jerufalem: Rom. xii. 2. "And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God." You have put your hand to the plough, do not adventure to look back. You have left the fociety of the wicked, do not mix with them again: Pfal. xxii. 7. "Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever."-Ye are no more for your lufts and idols, but for the Lord: Rom. vi. 16. " His fervants ye are, to whom ye obey." Have you given Christ the throne? Then

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your lufts must be mortified: "For they that are Chrift's, have crucified the flesh, with the affections and lufts," Gal. v. 24. The offending right hand and eye must be parted with. Thefe will return back to seek entertainment from you as formerly; but remember, you must be as obedient children," not fashioning yourselves according to your former lufts in your ignorance," 1 Peter, i. 14. -Finally, confider yourselves as no more belonging to the law, or covenant of works, as a husband: Rom. vii. 4. "Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Chrift; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God." They who have laid hold on Chrift, in the covenant of grace, are divorced from the law. So that, though you are to perform all incumbent duties, you are not to perform them under the influence of the first covenant, as feeking and procuring life and falvation by them; but to express your thankfulness to him, whofe you are, as being under Chrift's law of love.

2. They are to look on themselves as his univerfally, without exception or reserve of any thing. Whatever you are, whatever you have, whatever you can do, or fuffer, all is the Lord's; for in that day in which the foul closes honestly with Christ, all is made over to him together. To be more particular.-Look, then, on your bodies as his, to be temples for his Spirit, 1 Cor. vi. 19. with which to ferve him. Even all the members of the body, are to be confecrated to the Lord, as inftruments of righteousness unto God, Rom. vi. 13. You are to use your tongues in fpeaking for him, your hands in acting for him, your feet in going his errands. To abuse the body by intemperance, uncleannefs, and the like, is to VOL. II. E e

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defile the temple of God. To exhauft the body in worldly labour, fo as to unfit it for bearing its part in the fervice of God, is facrilege, a devouring that which is holy; for your bodily ftrength is the Lord's. Look upon your fouls alfo as his. The foul is the best part of the man, and it is given away to God when one enters into his covenant. It is purchased by Chrift, as a precious thing; and ye are to have a peculiar care of it, and muft not prefume to lay it at ftake, as many do, for the fatisfying of a luft, who often forget to loofe the precious pledge by repentance.-All the faculties of your fouls are his.-Your hearts are the Lord's Prov. xxii. 26. " My fon, give me thine heart." The world and our lufts have long divided our hearts betwixt them. They have been as a common inn, fo throng with ftrangers, that the Mafter of the houfe had to lodge without. But, O remember! they are now the Lord's; that he must be the object of your choice, your love, your defire, and delight; and that all your affections muft center in him whofe heart is. your -Your will is alfo the Lord's: Acts, ix. 6. " Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?" You must learn to say, Thy will be done. Put away your felf-will. The will of his commandments muft determine your practice; the will of his providence, your lot. The long quarrel betwixt the Lord and you must now be at an end, namely, whether your will or his fhall be done. His will muft ever govern + your will, and yours ftoop to his.--Your confcience is his. It ought to be subject to him in all things, and to him only. Receive nothing in religion, in point of faith or practice, but upon the authority of God, fpeaking in his word; otherwife, you proftitute confcience to your lufts and the opinions of men: Matth. xxiii. 9. " And call no

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