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communion takes it away, prevents it, casts it out, with its bondage and fear : but for gospel repen tance, whose nature confifts in godly sorrow for fin, with its relinquishment; proceeding from faith, love, and abhorrency of sin, on accounts of Father, Son, and Spirit, boib law, and love, that this fhould be hindered by this communion, is not poslible. I told you that the foundation of this communion,lis daid in a deep, serious, daily confideration ofrlin, its guilt, vilenefs and abomination, and our own wileness on that account. That a sense hereof is to be kept ar live in and upon the heart of every one, that will enjoy this communion with Christ: without it Chrift is of no value, nor esteem, to him.- Now, it is pof fible that a man should daily fill his heart, with the thoughts of the vileness of sin, on all confiderari. ons whatever, of law, love, gråce, gospel,y life and death, and be filled with self-abhorrency on this ac count, and yet be a stranger to godly sorrow? Here is the mistake, the foundation of this communion, is laid in that, which they fuppofe it overthrows.
. 2. But what shall we fay for obedience: if Chrift be fo glorified and honoured by taking our fins, the more we bring to him the more will he be glorifin ed. A man could not fuppofe that this objection would be made, bat that the Holy Ghost, who knows what is in man, and his heart; hath inade it for them, and in their name, Rom. vi. 1, 2; 3. the very fáme doctrine that I have infifted on, being delivered, chap. v. 18, 19, 20. the fame objection is made to it; and for thofe who think it may have any weight, I refer them to the answer given in that chapter by the apostle, as also to what was said before to 'the necessity of our obedience, notwith
standing standing the imputation of the righteousness of Christ.
But you will say: how should we address ourfelves to the performance of this dury: what path are we to walk in?
1. Faith exercises itfelf in it efpecially three ways.
1. In meditation. The heart goes over in its own thoughts the part above insisted on, sometimes feverally, fometimes jointly; sometimes fixing primarily on the thing, sometimes on another, and fometimes going over the whole. At one time perhaps the soul is most upon consideration of its own finfulnefs, and filling itself with shame, and self-abhorrency on that account; sometimes it is filled with the thoughts of the righteousness of Christ, and with joy unspeakable, and glorious on that account. Especially on great occafions, when grieved and burthened by negligence or eruption of corruption, then the soul goes over the whole work, and so drives things to an issue with God; and takes up the peace that Chrift hath wrought out for him.
2. Considering and enquiring into the promises of the gospel, which hold out all these things; the excellency, fulness and fuitableness of the righteoufnefs of Christ, the rejection of all false righteoufness, and the commuiation made in the love of God, which was formerly infifted on..
3. In prayer. Herein do their fouls go through this work day by day. And this communion have all the faints with the Lord Jesus, as to their acceptation with God, which was the first thing proposed to confideration.
CH A P. IX.
Of communion with Christ in holiness. The several
acts ascribed unto the Lord Christ herein. His intercession. 2. Sending of the Spirit. 3. Bestows habitual grace. What that is, and wherein it confifts. This purchased by Christ.
Bestowed by him. Of actual grace. How the faints hold communion with Christ in these things. Manifested in fundry particulars.
UR communion with the Lord Jesus, as to
that grace of sanctification, and purification, whereof we have made mention in the several diftinctions, and degrees thereof formerly, is nestly to be confidered. i And herein the former method must be observed; and we must thew. are the peculiar actings of the Lord Christ as to this communion. And 2dly, what is the duty of the faints herein: the fum is, how we hold communion with Christ in holiness, as well as in righteoulness, and that very briefly.
There are several acts ascribed unto the Lord Jesus in reference to this particular. As,
1. His interceeding with the Father, by virtue of his oblation in the behalf of his, that he would bestow the Holy Spirit on them. Here I chuse to
enter, because, of the oblation of Christ itself, I have spoken before. Otherwise every thing is to be 'run up to that head, that sourse and spring. There lies the foundation of all fpiritual mercies whatever: às afterwards also shall be manifested: now the Spirit, as unto us, a Spirit of
ness and consolation, is of the purchase of Christ, It is upon the matter, the great promise of the new covenant, Ezek. xi. 19. I will put a new spirit with. in you: So also, chap. xxxvi. 27. Jer. xxxii
. 39, 40 and in fundry other places, whereof afterwards. Christ is the Mediator and Surety of this new.covenant, Heb. vii. 22. Jesus was made surety of a better testament, or rather covenant, A teftament needs no furety. He is the Undertaker on the part of God and man also. Of mian to give fatisfaction; of God to bestow the whole grace of the promise, as chap. ix. 15. For this cause he is Mediator of the New Testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of transgressions that were made under the firfi teftament,they which are called, might receive the promise of eternal inheritance." He both fatisfied for fin, and procured the promise. He procures all the love and kindness, which are the fruits of the covenant; being himself the original promife thereof, Gen.11. 16. the whole being so prdered in allthings, and made sure, 2. Sam. xxiiu 15. that the residue of its effects, should all be derived from him, depend upon him, and be procured by him, that he in all things might have the prebeminenca, Col. i. 19. according to the compact and agreement made with him, Ifa. liiis 21 they are all the purchafe of his blood, and therefore the Spirit also, as promised in that covenant, t Cor. i. 20. now the whole fruit and purchase of his death, is made out from the Father upon his interceflion. Thus, John xiv. 16, 17, 18. he promiseth his disciples, that hie will pursue the work which he hath in hand in their behalf, and interceed with the Father for the Spirit, as a fruit of his purchase. Therefore he tells them, that be will not pray the Father for his love unto
them, because the eternal love of the Father, is not the fruit, but the fountain of his purchase: but the Spirit that is a fruic, that, faith he, I will pray the Father, for, &c. And what Chrift asketh the Father as Mediator, to bestow on us, that is part of his purchase, being promised unto him upon his undertaking to do the will of God. And this is the first thing that is.to be considered in the Lord Jesus, as to the communication of the Spirit of sanctification and purification; (the first thing to be considered in this our communion with him,) he interceeds with his Father, that he may be beltowed on us, as a fruit of his death and bloodshed in Our behalf.. This is the relation of the Spirit of holinefs as bestowed on us, unto the mediation of Christ. He is the great Foundation of the covemant of grace; being himself everlastingly destinated, and freely given to make a purchase of all the good things thereof. Receiving according to promise the Holy Ghoft, Aets ii. 33. he sheds him abroad on his own. This faith considers, fixes on, dwells upon. For,
2. His prayer being granted (as the Father always bears him) he actually sends his Spirit into the hearts of his faints, there to dwell in his stead, and to do all things for them, and in them, which he himself harh to do. This fecondly is the Lord Christ by faith to be eyed in: and not only in respect of the first enduing of our hearts with his Holy Spirit, but also of the continual supplies of it, drawing forth, and exciting more effe&tual operati, ons and actings of that indwelling Spirit. Hence, though, John xiv. 16. he says, the Father will give thient the Comforter, because the original and sovereign dispensation is in his hand, and it is by him