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thing, and has found, that Christ is useful, is
fufficient, is precious, and that he máy pray ac. ceptably for you, as one who has found accept-'
ance in his own behalf. Pray likewise for gifts to him, knowlege in the mystery of God, and of Chrift, and of faith; that he may have much spiritual wisdom, zeal, boldness and courage, to fit - him for his work; and withal, that the Lord may give a door of utterance,
(4.) Consider, that a careful attendance to your duty, in holding up your minister's case, will be a great mean to proinote love, mutual love betwixt you and him; and this will help to break Satan's engines. . Nothing contributes more to the furtherance and success of one's ministry in a place, than much love, mutual kindness betwixt minister and people; and no love so useful this way, as that which vents itself in prayer 'for one another, and is cherished by this means. But, · 2. I intreat you may carefully attend ordinances, the preaching of the word, public prayers and praises, and catechising, as the Lord shall. give occasion. This will make us cheerfully go about these duties, if we see you studying to make advantage of them : this will be profitable to you; it will discourage our enemies; it will rejoice our heart, and be a credit to religion.
3. Any advantage you receive, be sure that ye attribute it entirely to God; beware of placing it to the minister's account, who is only the instruinent: if you rob God of the glory, and give it to the instrument, you may by this provoke the Lord to blast your minister, and to withdraw from him his presence; which will soon make you see, that it is not the minister that can do any thing. Give God his due, and so account of us as the fer
vants of Christ, and the stewards of the mysteries
4. Once more and we have done. Do not ae-
T H .. , GREAT CONCERN .'
OF. S A LV AT IO N.
: PART I. A discovery of man's natural state, or
the guilty finner convicted.
ROMA N s ij. 23. . . For all have finned, and come sort of the
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ness, and chief concern lies in three important enquiries: What have I done? Jer. viii. 6. What shall I do to be saved? Acts xvi. 30. What Mall I render to the Lord? Pfal, cxvi. 12. The answer of the first will make way for the second, and that will give occasion for the third.'
Though wife men have busied their heads, and toiled theinselves with wearisom enquiries after happiness; yet none of them could ever give mena fatisfying answer to any one of these three querfes. But what they by their wisdom could not do, that God, in his infinite wisdoin and unparallelled
goodness has done, to the satisfaction of all-rati. onal enquirers, in the scriptures of truth.,
If it be 'enquired, What we have done ? Our text answers,' All men have finned and come short of the glory of God. If the question be put, What shall we do to be saved ? Look Acts xvi. 31. and there we are bid believe on the Lord Jeo fus Christ and we shall be saved. In fine, if we alk, What we shall render to the Lord for his matchless and unparallelled favour to us, we may turn to that cxvi Pfal. and 13 ver, and there we are told what to do, I will take the cup of falvation, and call upon the name of the Lord. And much to the same purpose is that of the prophet, Micah vi. 8. He hath Mewed thee, a man, what is good, and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
The great concernment of gospel ministers lies in the second enquiry. It is our principal business to persuade men and women to believe on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, to commend our blessed Maker to poor finners. But since we come not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance, it is necessary we lay the foundation in a discovery of man's natural state. Before we offer Christ, we shall shew you need hiin: before we tender mer. cy, we shall endeavour to represent your mi. fery: before you be called to repentance, we shall Thew you are finners, who stand in need of repentance. And upon this account, we have inade choice of the words now read, which do offer a a fair occasion for a discovery of your sin, and of your misery. on that account. We shall not spend time in considering the