fays with the prodigal, " How many hired fervants of my father have bread enough and to fpare, and I perish with hunger!" Luke, xv. 17. They find that they are undone without Chrift. The foul is preffed with that question, What fhall I do to be faved? No happiness to the foul without the enjoyment of God, and no enjoyment of him, but through Chrift the Mediator between God and man. This opened mouth confifts,

3. In a holy diffatisfaction with all things befides Chrift. Cloathe a ftarving man with fcarlet, fill his pockets with gold, and advance him to the highest honours; all this is not meat, and therefore he cannot be satisfied. And to the hungry foul there is none, nothing but Chrift which can give fatisfaction. They loathe their lufts, which they loved before. A thoufand worlds will not fatisfy the foul which fees its need of Chrift. When the foul comes to itself again, after it has gone the round of the whole creation for fatiffaction, it returns with the report, Ecclef. i. 2. "Vanity of vanities, faith the preacher, vanity of vanities, all is vanity." It finds at length that the bed is fhorter than that one can ftretch himfelf upon it. This opened mouth confifts,

4. In the foul's removing its defires from off vanities, and fixing them on Chrift for fatisfaction. Like the hungry infant, which has been fucking in vain at this and the other object which was 'neareft it, and could never rest; when the breast is put in its mouth, it opens its mouth, and fixes there. to fuck. The foul gives over the pursuit of happiness in lufts, he finds that gall and wormwood are: now on these breafts. It ceafes from hammering, its happiness out of the law, and finds that there. is no pleafing that rigorous husband; the ladder of their duties has fo often broken with them, that they defpair of ever climbing to heaven this way.. Ii3 And

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And fo, like men out of breath, in fecking their happiness from other things than Chrift, they lie down before the Lord, turning their eyes towards him, that he may take them up, and give them what in vain they have been looking for elsewhere. Their language is, Jerem. iii. 23. " Truly in vain is falvation hoped for from the hills, and from the multitude of mountains; truly in the Lord our God is the falvation of Ifrael."---This opened mouth confifts,


5. In an affured expectation of salvation from Christ Hosea, xiv. 3. " Asfhur shall not save us ; we will not ride upon horses; neither will we fay any more to the works of our hands, Ye are our gods: For in thee the fatherless findeth mercy." Mat. xxi. 22. "And all things whatsoever ye fhall afk in prayer, believing, ye fhall receive." The foul believes that Chrift can do it; and so far believes he will do it, as that it ventures on him. Without this, the foul cannot open its mouth to Chrift, but fhuts it without hope. Though the hopes may be very faint, yet the trembling hand may receive Chrift, and the quivering mouth may be filled. This opened mouth confifts,

Laftly, In a hearty willingness to receive Chrift as he offers himself in the gofpel. Chrift fays, "I am the bread of life;" the foul is well content to receive him as fuch, for all and instead of all. They fed on the hufks before, and loathed the manna; now nothing relishes fo well with them as the bread which came down from heaven. They are brought over all their objections against him, and are well content to venture their fouls on him, as it is he alone who can fill them with all the fulness of God.-We now proceed,

II. To fhew how Chrift fills the foul fo as no other can do: Open thy mouth wide, and I will fill

it. This promife imports four things. It imports, 1.. Such a fuitableness in him to the neceffities of the foul, as is to be found in no other. Sinners feeking a fill of the creatures, are but feeding on wind, which can never satisfy. There is no fuitableness betwixt the defires of an immortal foul, and the produce of this earth: Ifa. lv. 2. "Wherefore do ye fpend money for that which is not bread, and your labour for that which fatisfieth not? Hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your foul delight itself in fatnefs." What avail riches, honours, and pleasures, to a foul preffed with guilt! But Chrift is fuited to all the wants of the foul. Speaking of the excellence, fuitablenefs, and fulness of his falvation, he says, "I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayeft be cloathed, and that the shame of thy nakednefs do not appear: and anoint thine eyes with eye-falve, that thou mayeft fee," Rev. iii. 18. His blood and Spirit will answer all cafes which the foul can be in.The words import,


2. That there is a fufficiency in Christ for all their needs: Col. i. 19. "It pleased the Father, that in him should all fulness dwell." There is enough in him to fatisfy all the defires of the foul. Perfons may travel through the whole creation, ere they find an object commenfurable to the defiresof their fouls; but when the foul comes to Chrift, it then and there finds an object, than which the foul, when extending its defires to the utmost, cannot crave more. Here, though our boundless defires fhould launch forth into this ocean, they shall never be able to reach the bottom, or find the fhore. The words import,

3. That there is a communication of this fuitable

able fufficiency unto that foul which opens its mouth wide to receive it. Thus,

(1.) Chrift gives himself to that foul, fo that fuch an one may fay, Song, ii. 16. "My beloved is mine, and I am his;" or, with Thomas, cry, "My Lord, and my God." They have him by the fureft tenor of an indiffoluble union: John, vi. 56. "He that eateth my flesh," fays Jefus, " and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him." A wicked man may have many poor mys, Dan. iv. 30. compare chap. ii. 47. But they cannot call God theirs; and befides, they want a thoufand things more than what they have. But what want can they have who have Jefus,, who is all in all ?


(2.) Chrift gives them all good with himself: Rom. viii. 32. "He that fpared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him alfo freely give us all things?" Pfal. lxxxiv. II. "For the Lord God is a fun and fhield; the Lord will give grace and glory; nogood thing will he with-hold from them that walk uprightly.' Having a right to himfelf, they may write their names upon, and claim a title to, all that are his. They are rich, feeing they are married to Jefus, the heir of all things. No fooner does the foul clofe with Chrift, than they get this right; and though they get not all presently in hand, yet they have all in hope; a hope of which they will never be ashamed. The words import,

4. The foul's fatisfaction upon that communication. In what measure the foul opens its mouth tó Chrift, in that.measure Chrift communicates of his fulness; for this is the standing rule, "According to thy faith, so be it unto thee." And in what measure Chrift communicates of himself to the foul, fo the foul has that fatisfaction. Ac. cordingly the foul rests in Chrift, and having enough

nough in him, never goes out, as it was wont, to 14. "Whofobeg at the world's door: John, iv. ever drinketh of the water that I fhall give him, shall never thirst; but the water that I fhall give him shall be in him a well of water, fpringing up to everlafting life." "It is enough," said Jacob, "Jofeph is yet alive." When all the cifterns are dried up, the believer has enough. He can rejoice in the Lord, and joy in the God of his falvation, Hab. iii. 17. He can fay also with Paul, Phil. iv. 18. "But I have all, and abound." I am full; and no wonder, for the foul having Christ, has,

(1.) A fulness of merit to look to : 1 John, i. 7. "The blood of Jefus Chrift, God's Son, cleanfeth us from all fin." When the foul looks within itself, it fees a fulness of guilt, debt, mifery, and poverty. It fees heart, lips, life, and duties, all full of fin; fins which tears of blood and rivers of oil cannot wash away. But, looking to Chrift, it fees a fountain opened for fin and for The rock ftruck by uncleannefs, Zech. xiii. 1. the rod of juftice, and the waters gufhing out, and following them through the wilderness, a fea "He to overwhelm all their guilt! Mic. vii. 19. will turn again, he will have compaffion upon us; he will fubdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their fins into the depths of the fea."-The foul fees,

(2.) A fulness of spirit in Chrift to take away the power of fin. He hath the feven Spirits of God, Rev. iii. 1. When they look within themfelves, they fee a very scanty measure of the Spirit. When they look above them to their Head, they fee it there without measure poured out upon their Head, to that very end that it may go down to member the fkirts of his garments, even to every of his myftical body.-The foul fees,


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