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to her husband, may call every thing which is his, her own. 1.-He may fay,

2. All the promifes and benefits of the covenant are mine: 2 Pet. i. 14. "Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises, that by thefe we might be partakers of the divine nature, having efcaped the pollution that is in the world through luft." In that day in which the foul gives itself to Chrift, Chrift gives himself to that foul; and with him they have all the promises and benefits of the covenant, as of the marriage-contract; fo that the foul may fay, Peace with God is mine; pardon, and every bleffing, are mine.' They may read Chrift's Teftament, and of all the precious promifes in it, may fay, They are mine?' 2 Cor. i. 20. "For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him amen, unto the glory of God by us."They may fay,

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3. I fhall get fafe through the world to the other fide: John, xvii. 12. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name; thofe that thou gaveft me I have kept, and none of them is loft but the fon of perdition, that the fcripture might be fulfilled." Satan and the world may get back their own, though they have been pretending to leave them; but they never can get back fo much as one of those who are truly the Lord's. The bond of the covenant, favingly entered into, is a fure bond, it will keep them who cannot keep it.They may fay,

4. I fhall be cared and provided for in all cafes and conditions. Surely God will care for his own, come of others what will. He will provide for those of his own houfe. He who feeds his birds, will not ftarve his babes: "Though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the fea; though the waves thereVOL. II. Ff of

of roar, and be troubled; though the mountains fhake with the fwelling thereof: There is a river, the streams whereof fhall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the Moft High," Pfal. xlvi.-They may say,

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5. All I meet with in the world shall turn to my good' Rom. viii. 28. " And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." Art thou his? Then every thing shall be for thy advantage in the end. The ftones of affliction thrown at thee shall be as precious stones, and all the paths of God fhall drop down fatness. -They may fay,

Laftly, All is mine: 1 Cor. iil. 21. 22. 23. "For all things are yours; whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things prefent, or things to come; all are yours, and ye are Chrift's, and Chrift is God's." For, having a right to Chrift, they have a right to all things with and through him.

IV. I AM now to make fome improvement.-From what has been obferved, we may learn,

1. How foolish those are who cannot be perfuaded to give themselves away to the Lord in his covenant. They neglect their great duty, they are blind to their great interest. Think on this, you who will be your own, and fay, "Who is Lord over us?" You will have your own will to be your law, and will not be the Lord's. It is but a poor affair, even though thou couldft fay, All the world is mine,' for God will fay of you, "I never knew you." He will disown you at death, at judgement, and through eternity. Learn,

2. That it is the duty of those who lay hold on

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the covenant, to receive alfo the feals of it; for thus we publicly acknowledge ourselves to be the Lord's. It is ftrange how thofe who plead their accepting of the covenant fhould live in the neglect of improving its feals. Among men, they who are in earnest for a bargain or contract, certainly will not refufe to ratify it. How is it, then, that perfons are for the covenant of grace, and yet will not ratify it, by receiving the feals of that covenant?-Learn,

3. That fuch as have given themselves honestly away to the Lord, fhould look on themselves as his. Imprefs it on your fpirits, ye are not your own, but the Lord's. Have you given your confent to Chrift in the covenant? Then henceforth reckon yourselves to be his.-Look on yourselves,

(1.) As his habitation: Eph. ii. 22. "In whom ye alfo are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit." Chrift has called to you to open to him, promifing to dwell in you. You have given confent to him, now look on yourselves as his habitation, and exert yourselves to drive out the old inhabitants. Confider yourfelves as no more at liberty to harbour his enemies. Our Lord has made a purchase of two houses, and has made two journies, to take infeftment and poffeffion of them: (1.) Having purchased heaven for his people, he went thither in his afcenfion, to take poffeffion of it for them: Heb. vi. 20. "Whither the forerunner hath for us entered, even Jesus, made an High-Priest for ever after the order of Melchifedec." (2.) Having purchased the finner for hinfelf by his blood, he comes to the finner's heart, to take poffeffion of it for himself: Rev. iii. 20. “Behold," fays he, "I ftand at the door and knock, if any man hear my voice, and open the Ffa door,

door, I will come in to him, and will fup with him, and he with me." To the former house he has ready accefs, having to do with a holy and just God: But not fo to the latter; often his enemies are admitted in, and he is made to ftand at the door, as if the house were not his own, because here he has to do with fickle creatures: Song, v. 2. "I fleep, but my heart waketh; it is the voice of my Beloved that knocketh, faying, Open to me, my fifter, my love, my dove, my undefiled; for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night."-Look on yourselves,

(2.) As his temple, 1 Cor. vi. 19. (quoted above); a temple confecrated and fet apart for the Lord, which, therefore, it is most dangerous to defile. Before the foul comes into the covenant, the man is Satan's work-house: Eph. ii. 2." He is the fpirit that now worketh in the children of difobedience." His heart is a forge of evil imaginations, a den of thieves. But, entering into the covenant, he is confecrated for a holy temple unto the Lord. Be careful, then, that your hearts and lives be a continual facrifice of praife, Christ the altar, and thou the priest. Feaft on the facrifice flain for you, feed daily on Jefus Christ, and guard against pollutions of heart and life. Look on yourselves,

(3) As his confederates, or covenant-people : Heb. viii. 10. "I will be to them a God, and they fhall be to me a people." Remember, the covenant ye have entered into is an offenfive and defenfive league. You are to have common friends and common enemies with the Lord. Whofo are the friends of God, they must be your friends also, as Ruth faid to Naomi, "Thy people fhall be my people." Pfal. cxix. 63. "I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy

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precepts." If you defire heaven, you must affociate with those who are going thither, for a companion of fools fhall be deftroyed."-His enemies. must also be yours: Pfal. cxxxix. 21. 22. " Do. not I hate them, O Lord, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee? I hate them with perfect hatred, I count them mine enemies." So alfo Pfal. lxix. 9. "For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up, and the reproaches of them that reproached thee have fallen. upon me."--Look on yourselves,

(4.) As his followers: Eph. v. 1. "Be ye, therefore, followers of God as dear children." Our Lord is given for a Leader, Ifa. lv. 4. to lead his people through the world to heaven. Now, you are going through the wilderness, where it is hard, in many cases, to discern the right way, and where there are many to lead us wrong. The multitude goes the way to deftruction, but do you keep your eye on your guide: Prov. iii. 6. "In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Obferve his precepts, his example; mark his footsteps, and follow them: 1 John, ii. 6. "He that. faith he abideth in him, ought himself alfo to walk even as he walked." Follow alfo the footsteps of his flock, and conform not to the world, to follow them: Rom. xii. 2. " And be not conformed to this world; but be transformed, by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable, and perfect will of God."--Look on yourselves,

(5.) As his fubjects, for he is your King and Lord, yea, your God and King, to whom you owe abfolute refignation and obedience: Pfal. xlv. 11. "He is thy Lord, and worship thou him." Christ has a kingdom in the world, and whofo have entered into his covenant are the fubjects of that kingdom.

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