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GROUNDED UPON SCRIPTURE TEXTS,
PROPER FOR COMMUNICANTS,
To prepare their Hearts, excite their Afions, quicken their Graces,
and enliven their Devotions on Sacramental occasions.
TO WHICH IS ADDED
A Sbort Cbristian Directory,
Forty-five directions proper for all Christians intending Heaven.
THE eternal Son of God, when taking his
leave of an ungrateful world, inflituted the faicrament of the supper, as a lively resemblance and memorial of his bloody fufferings and death in the room of his people ; and also to be a bright and last. ing evidence of the amazing love of God tbe Father, Son, and Holy Gbost, to perishing finners.
As God once . sent his Son into the world in a lowly habit, clothed with human flesh to save finners ; so now he sends him in an homely dress, clothed with the elements of bread and wine, to assure us of his love, and to engage us to come to him. Kings expect that their children will be respected, tho' their officers be neglected. Surely (faith God) They will reverence my son: they will make him welcome and hearken to him.
In this most august ordinance of the new testament, the Great God approaches very near to us, and we to him ; and yet it is to be deeply regretted, that many who profess to helieve this, come ta it with fo little thought and preparation, and with fo much indifferency and carelessness of spirit. Oh, shall we adventure fo near the Great God, who is infinitely, holy, in whole light the heavens are not pure, and the bright seraphims do gather in their wings, and account themselves as little flies before him! And ihall we, who are creatures fo mean and so vile, be careless and unconcerned, when we make the nearest approach to this great and holy God, that we can make on this fide heaven!
Ought we not to go blushing, alhamed and deeply humbled on many accouats, and particularly for our ingratitude for sedeeming love, that love which palletb knowledge; and for our contempt of God's unspeakable gift, the greatest fin in the world; yea, we should go wondering that we are out of hell ; for many honlands are burning there, who have not finned fo heinoully, in making light of precious Chrilt as we have done.
Moreover, reader, consider, if you go to thris bra dinance unpreparedly, or with indifference, you not only inake light of the Lord Jesus Christ, but you are guilty of the body and blood of the Lord, I Cor. xi. 27. Surely that word may cause you to quake and tremble; blood guiltiness of any fort is a dread. ful sin, and especially to be guilty of the blood of the Lord. Murder is a sin that cries for vengeance on the actor, and gives God no rest till he punish it, Gen-iv. 10. The voice of tby brother's blood-crietb to me from the eartb. If it be a crying fin to murder a cominon person, what must it be to murder a king? W bo can stretch fortb bis band againA tbe. Lord's anointed, and be guiltless 1 Sam. xxvi. 9. O then what a crime it must be to murder the eternal Son of God, who is thy exalted King, thy ever. lafting Father, thy dear Redeemer, and thy God, who gave thee a being! Cbild murder is a heinous crime, but what Cbrill-murder is, no tongue can tell. If on bim that flew Cain (that wicked inan) vengeance could be taken seven fold, what vengeance will be taken on him that crucified afrek the Lord of glory? this consideration should make all of us afraid of careless and unworthy communicating,
If we could communicate worthily, we must be earnest, not only for the life of grace, but also for the livelinefs of grace ; not only for the truth and
sincerity of grace, but likewise for the active and vigorous exercise of grace. So that a believer himself doth not eat and drink worthily, unless the grace that is in him be excited and exercised at this ordinance, There must be not only faith in the truth of it, but there must be faith in realizing, applying, appropriating, and making use of Chrilt's death and purchase in this ordlinance. Not only must there be a disposition of the soul to be humbled for fin, but there must be actual mourning and melting of heart for 'fin, and for particular fins, when we look on him we have pierced by them.Not only must there be a principle of love to Christ, but also an exciting of love to fame out to Chrift, who loved us and gave himself for us.
Worthy communicating being a work of such importance, the following fcriptural meditations and advices are humbly offered to christians, as an help in their preparations for it.' Reading and thinking much on the subjects here proposed, may, thro' God's blessing, be useful to promote their habiteal preparation for the holy supper.--Christ's body and blood herein exhibited are pure and holy things, and should be received in prepared and cieanted hearts. His body never saw corruption in the grave, nor will be inixed with it in hearts where corruption is allowed. I lay in the virgin's womb, and in the virgio's fepulchre, and will still be entertained in virgin fouls and affections ; in hearts purified and confecrated to God. In there
Christ chuses to reside, and not in these where ca and the world, with the lusts thereof, are harbour, ed. Oh, had we grace to inaintain and cherish tle fear of God, and the love of Christ habitually in our souls, we might, without mucla pains, be prepared for coming to him at his table.