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eth for his only fon; and shall be in bitter. ness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firft-born."
4. Come, tempted sinner, who art harassed with temptations, and art ready to say, One day I shall fall before this great adversary. The Spirit is a spirit of power, 2 Tim. i. 7. It may be, that temptations come in on thee like a breaking forth of waters, threatening to sweep all before them ; but come to Christ for his Spirit, who is able to ftem the tide, to create peace, and to make thee more
than a conqueror:
5. Come, unfruitful sinner. The Lord is at much pains with you by ordinances and providences, yet you ife barren ! you bring forth no fruit answerable to the pains of the Husbandman. What is the reason the Spirit comes not with the word and providences ? But you may have the Spirit from Christ, and this would make you fruitful: Eph. v. 9. « For the fruit of the Spirit, is in all good. ness, and righteousness, and truth.” The blowing of that wind from heaven would make the spices flow out, Cant. iv. 16. and cause you to make progress in your journey to the Zion above.
6. Come, unholy Ginner. The Spirit which Christ has to give, is a spirit of holiness, Rom. i. 4. He works like water in washing the polluted soul, like fire in burning up corruption. He is the great principle of holiness, who works it wherever he comes, and makes of the very worst a vessel fit for the Master's use.
Laftly, Come to Christ for his Spirit, whatever your case be ; you will find a suitable cure from him, by the fulness of the Spirit in him; he is suited for every case that is put in his hand : Col. ii.
« For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him,
o is the head of all principalities and powers." will be eyes to the blind, light to them that fit larkness, legs to the lame, meat to the hungry, jk to the thirsty, cloathing to the naked; all in 1. To prevail with you in coming to Chrift for we Spirit, I would offer you the following Mo
Mot. 1. The Spirit of the Lord is absolutely necessary for you to have, you cannot want him, you must have him.' The world
as well want tie fun, moon, and stars, as you can want the Spirit; for without the Spirit ye can do nothing but fin. When the soul is away, the body is dead, and can do nothing but lie and rot in a grave: And when the Spirit of God is not in a man, he is dead in fin, and can do nothing but fin : John, vi 03. “ It is the spirit that quickneth, the fieíh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” Ye cannot have a good and acceptable thought, nor perform any. duty acceptable : John, iv. 24..« God is a Spirit, and they that worship him, must worship him in spirit and in truth.” Sy that all pains are lost upon thee, as on the dead tree, to which suinmer and winter are alike.- Again, without the Spirit, ye are none of Chriít's, Rom. viii. 9. “ If any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” All those who are Christ's, they are sealed and marked with the Spirit of Christ : Eph. i. :3. “ In whom also, after that ye believed, ye were scaled with the Holy Spirit of promise.” Men set their mark on their theep, and therefore says one, If fuch a one be one of my sheep, it has such a mark; lo fays our Lord, If one of my theep, he has my Spirit in him; and so without the Spirit, without Christ, and without the Father, therefore without the Spirit, without God in the world. - Farther,
without the Spirit, ye are undone for ever; for fo ye are without God, and therefore without hope, Eph. ii. 12. The dead corpse may be kept a while, but when there is no hope of the return of life, it is buried in a grave; so, without the Spirit, ye may be kept a while through God's patience, but the end will be, to be cast into the pit, and buried out of God's fight in fiery flames.
Mot. 2. You cannot have the Spirit but from Jesus Christ. The blessed Mediator is the bowl from which this holy oil is conveyed to all the lamps which burn with it. The Spirit, says he, is on
1 John, ii. 20. “But ye have an unction from the holy One, and ye know all things,” ver. 27. “ But the anointing which ye have received of him, abideth in you.” The Egyptians must have starved, if they had not been supplied with corn by Jofeph, for he had all the corn at his disposal; and we must be for ever without the Spirit, if we receive him not from Chrift. The Spirit dwells in none but as. members of Christ; and whence shall the members have life but from the Head ?
Mot. 3. Ye may have the Spirit, and that freely, from Chrift: Prov. i. 23. « Turn ye at my reproof; behold, I will pour out my Spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.” And the mife is very bountiful, ye may have all free of coft : Rev. 'xxii. 17. “ And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” The Spirit on Christ is that water of life which gives life to the dead, and life more abundantly to the living; and the terms are, Ask of him, and he will give thee living water, John, iv. 10. Not only drops of the spirit, but the spirit poured out, floods of the fame : Isa. xliv. 3. “ For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground; I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my bleff
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ing upon thine offspring." John, vii. 38. 39. “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this fpake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive; for the Holy Ghost was not yet given, because that Jesus was not yet glorified).”
Laftly, By way of motive, if ye will not come to Chriit for the Spirit, ye judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, ye are slighters of Christ, and dreadful will your reckoning be: Prov. i. 24.-27, * Because I have called, and ye have refused : I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded. But ye have fet at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof. I also will laugh at your calamity ; I will mock when your fear cometh ; when your fear cometh as defolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you." It will be more tolerable for those who never heard where they might partake of the Spirit than for
you, In conclusion, I shall only add the following DiRECTIONS.
1. Pray earnestly for the Spirit, in the name of Christ; you have a promise of the Spirit; says God by Ezekiel, xxxvii. 27. “ And I will put my spirit within you.” And said Jesus, “ If ye then being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall not your heavenly Father give his Holy Spirit to them that ask him ?" Take courage then, believe the promise, press it, and depend upon it.
2. Unite with Jesus Christ, accepting him in the gospel-offer, and giving yourselves away freely to him. Bring your dead soul to the Lord of life, and he will breathe in it, and ye shall be like the dead man laid in the sepulchre of Elisha,
who revived, and stood upon his feet, whenever he touched the prophet's bones, 2 Kings, xiii. 21.
Lastly, Wait and look for the Spirit in Christ's ordinances, especially the preaching of the gospel. They who would have the wind to blow on them, go out into the open air ; though they may for the prefent miss it, they wait till it blows, when in like manner exercised, then you shall know that the miniftration of the Spirit is glorious, 2 Cor. jii. 8. Amen.