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the fulness of the Spirit and of his grace is put upon him, to be communicated by him to poor finners.-Consider farther,

3. That Christ could not have been qualified to execute the office to which the Father had called him, without communicating the Spirit to those with whom he has to deal ; therefore says the text, The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because he hath fent me to preach good tidings to the meek. How shall the poor meek ones, who fee nothing in them or about them to recommend them to God, believe the good tidings, without the Spirit of faith? How can the broken hearted have their wounds bound up without the healing Spirit ? How can the captives and prisoners be delivered, unless the Spirit break off their fetters.-Consider,

Lastly, That it is from Jesus Christ that all who partake of the Spirit do receive the Spirit; there is no other channel of conveyance : John, i. 16. « Out of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace." John, vi. 63. “ It is the Spirit that quickeneth : the words that I speak unto you are spirit, and they are life.” It is he who fends the Spirit, John, xv. 16. It is true, the Father is said to give the Spirit to them that ask him, Luke, xi. 13.; but it is still in Christ's name, and for his fake, John, xiv. 29. Therefore he is called the Spirit of God's Son, whom he sends forth into the hearts of his people.- We now proceed,

III. To consider the reasonableness and suitableness of this glorious device, of the Spirit being put on Christ to be communicated to poor finners.

1. It is most suitable to the Father's honour, that guilty criminals partake of his Spirit through a Mediator. God looked on all the fallen race of min, and could be pleased with none of them:

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Psal. xiv. 3. “ They are all gone aside; they are altogether become filthy.” But-behold his own Son became man! and he is well pleased with him, with his person and mediation, and therefore with sinners in him, Matth. iii 17. In Christ he meets with the finner; and his justice being satisfied by him, he may, with safety to his own honour, communicate with the poor creatures, and they receive his Spirit, as members of his own Son, their glorious Head.

2. It is most suitable to the honour of the Son, who is appointed head over all things to the church, which is his body, Eph. i. 23. This is that honour which his father has put upon him, that he be the great steward of heaven, the trustee for all the elect of God, the great dispenser of the Father's favours, to the objects of everlasting love. . And as Pharaoh put an honour upon Joseph, by ordering his petitioners to go to Joseph ; fo does the Father put honour upon Christ, his own wellbeloved Son, by a fimilar appointment.

3. It is most suitable to the honour of the Holy Spirit; for in this manner the gift of the Spirit appears to be by the infinite value of the blood of the Son of God: Rev. v. 6. “ The Lamb lain hath seven horns and feven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God fent forth into all the earth.” No receiving of this noly fire, but from the altar where a Saviour was flain. No communicating of that Spirit, but through the blood of the Rea deemer.

Lastly, It is most suitable to the finner's case ; for Christ is bone of our bons, and flesh of our flesh. He is our near kinsman, through whom we come to God boldly : Eph. iii. 12. “In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him." We are not able to behold an unvailed

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God, his glory would dazzle and confound us ; but through the vail of the flesh of Christ, we may behold him, and live.--We now come,

IV. To a practical improvement of the subject. And this,

First, In an use for information.

1. This lets us see the transcendent glory and beauty of Jesus Christ. Pharaoh could say of Jofeph to his fervants, Gen. xlviii. 38. Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is ?” How does the firmament shine with the ftars which sparkle in it! How beautiful is the earth, when decked with the variety of the gifts of nature in the spring ! But what are all these to the Mediator's glory and beauty, in whom all the gifts and graces of God's Spirit do center : Psal. xlv. 2. « Thou art fairer than the sons of men; grace is poured into thy lips.” There is no man, however well qualified, that excels in all things, there is a want in every individual, but no want in Christ : Song, v, 16." Yea, he is altogether lovely.” (Heb. He is all desires).-We may learn,

2. The absolute fulness and sufficiency of Christ to make the finner who comes to him perfectly happy; he gives them rest, Matth. xi. 28. There is a fulness of the Spirit in him to answer all their neceflities, be what they will. Behold the whole constellation of gifts and graces in our exalted Redeemer. Every good gift, natural, moral, or religious, come from this Spirit. Some have one gift of him, some another ; but our Lord Jesus Christ has all, which is more than all the excellencies to be found in angels and men. And what can he want to bestow, who has the Spirit

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to give to those who come to him ?--We may learn,

3. The freedom of grace in Christ. He has all, and he communicates all freely. The spring runs freely without price or hire. It is a pleasure to have a full breast sucked ; and it is a pleasure to our blessed Redeemer to do good and to communicate to undeserving finners. We may see,

4. The absolute need we have of Christ. Ye are ruined without the Spirit, ye will pine away in your guilt, ruft away in your corruptions, and, like dead corpses, be buried out of God's fight, if

ye get not the Spirit ; and ye cannot have the Spirit but from Christ. This is the only market opened to relieve your necessities.

Lastly, Ye are inexcuseable if ye continue without the Spirit, for you may have the Spirit if you come to Christ; but, alas! he may fay of us, as John, v. 40. “ Ye will not come unto me that ye might have life.” I would raise your dead souls

, I would quicken you, I would make you as a wellwatered garden ; but alas! ye care not for the Spirit: Prov. i.

25- “ Ye have set at nought all my counfel, and would none of my reproof."-We shall improve this subject.

Secondly, In an use of exhortation.

1. I would exhort you, then, to come to Christ, that

ye may partake of his Spirit. Christ is saying to you this day, The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me. Come, and I will

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him out up on you. Alas for the want of the Spirit this day! it appears fadly in the whole church, in the congregation, in neighbourhoods, and in families. There is enough of a felfish, devilish, carnal, worldly, profane, and formal fpirit, but little of a holy heavenly spirit, to be seen this day. But we

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may get the fpirit, if we will by faith come to Chrilt for it. Othat we were all moving to him for this spirit !—To be more particular, we would exhort you,

1. Come to Christ, O thou dead and lifeless finner, who art lying rotting under the power of thy lufts, who haft a heart within thee which cannot repent and mourn, or let go the dead grip it has taken of the world, and of sinful courses. His Spirit is a spirit of life, which will make the dry bones live, the withered foul flourish as an herb, the heart, which is like a clog now in duties, to be like the chariots of Aminadib: Eph.v. 14.“ Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ will give thee light.”.

2. Come, drooping, fainting, dispirited foul, who art harassed with terrors, pierced with fearful apprehenfions, whose heart is like a stone, dying within thee. His Spirit is a spirit of light, life, and comfort; he binds up the broken hearted, makes light to arise to those who go mourning without the sun, takes off the sackcloth, and girds with gladness.

3. Come, hard-hearted sinner, whom nothing can move, neither judgements nor mercies, who canst not mourn either for thy own sins, or the fins of the generation. His Spirit can foften the heart. He will take away your ftony heart, and give you an heart of flesh.' 'An outpouring of the Spirit, would melt down the heart, and diffolve it in tears of godly forrow, this would break the bands of iron and brass : Zech. xii. 10. “ And I will pour outupon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplication ; and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mournVOL. III.

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