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13:3. Repent ye therefore and be converted that your Sins may be blotted (ut, Ads 3.19. Those preceding Parts of Repentance before mention'd, are only preparative to this, that which must compleat and finish the Work of a new Convert, is to become a New Creature, to turn from our evil Ways, and to break off our Sins by. Righteousness. This certainly must be the Desire and Intention of all Communicants,ifchey hope or expect any Benefit, or Advantage from this folemn Rite or Covenant ; for he that comes with a Defign or Intention of continuing in his former Sins, comes somewhac like unto Judas, that came,and received, and at the same time continu'd his Resolution of betraying his Mafter. That which makes a Mán absolutely und fic to receive the Holy Sacrament is, the living in the constanțand habitual Practice of any known Sin,withouc che least Delire or Intention of Repentance or Amendment. Such a Man's Approach to the Holy Tableznio doubtsis to eat and drink his own Damnationiside it's a plain mocking of God, and a great Contempt and Abuse of his Divine Authority. We must therefore(by the Help and Afridance of Gasb's Grace) resolvero dead a New Life, faltopzingibelCommandmands of God, oroekers wife ounfomer Examinations will apig

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pear but Night and superficial, our Sight and Sense of Sin trivial and indifferent, our Sorrow and Contrition of Spirit for ced and hypocritical,and ourConfessions odious and formal. Therefore examine well the Sincerity of your Repentance andResolutions that you neither deceive God nor your selves: Him you cannot, because he is a Searcher of the Heart, and a Difcerner of the Thoughts, nor will he accept of any thing which is not hearty and unfeigned. No absolute Obe.

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ment of the Lord's Supper doth require perfe&Obedience in all Our Addresses to the Holy Altar, or that none must come, but such as are in a sinless State of Perfection. No, this were impossible, because, there is no Man which liveth and finneth not; for who can fay, I bave made my Heart clean, I am pure from my. Sin; and that even the just Man falleth

seven times a Day. The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper is not a converting, but a confirming Ordinance, intended to preserve and increase that Spiritual Life and Grace which we receiv'd at our Baptism. So's that when we come to the Holy Coma munion, we come thither for fresh Supbt plies of Grace and Goodridfsjø

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thening and refreshing of our Souls in all Holis ness and Vertüe : As our natural Bodies are fed and nourished with those Elements of Bread and Wine, the same effect is wrought in the Soul, in the inwardMan, by thefe Holy Mysteries, as in the outward Man,by Bread and Wine; Bread being

the Staffof Life,and Wine the mostSovereign Cordial(when taken in dueProportion) to chear and rejoice the Heart. And thus our Souls, by this Sacrament are fortified and strengthened with Grace,Wisdom, Courage, and all other Spiritual Gifrs, to keep us thro' Faith unto Salvation. Both the Comfort and Benefit of it are great; the Comfort of it, because it does not only repre. sent to us. the exceeding Love of our Saviour, in giving his Body to be broken; and his Blood to be shed for us, but it liket wise seals to us all those Bleflings and Benefits which are purchased and procu, red for us by his Death and Passion, viz. The Pardon of Sin,and Power against it. The Benefit offrequent Communion is also of as great Advantage, because hereby we are confirmed in all Grace and Goodness, and ourResolutions to live in Obedience and Conformity to God's Laws are strengthened, and the Grace of God's Holy Spirit, to do hisWill, is hereby, convey'd to us; It is the SovereignRemedy

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against all Temptations, by mortifying our Passions, and by spiritualizing our Affe&tions: In a Word, it's the likelieft Method to make our Bodies the Temples of the Holy Ghoft, and to prepare our Souls for the Enjoyment of God to all Erernity. Relapfes after And if at any Time, thro' Receiving, not . Ignorance, Surprize, or the ,

Violence of any other Tem. pration, we should fall into those very Sins which we have repented of, and vowed againft, when we were at the last Sacrament, yet theseRelapses should not make us afraid of conring again, since we have always the: Benefic of Repentance allow'd us'; if after a Relapse we repent and renew our Resolutions with a hearty Grief and Contrition of Spirit, we are made whole as before. If the Wicked (faith God) will turn from all bus Sins that be barb committed,all busTransgressions that be bath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto bim, Ezek. 18.21,22. Sin no more, says our Saviour to the Woman taken in Adulte. ry, and I will not condemn thee, John 8. 11, It is not the Commission of this or that great Sin that will uttterly exclude us from God's Mercy and Forgiveness, for then, indeed, no Person could escape Damnation, becaufe ibere is not a juft

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Man upon Earth that doetb Good and finneth not, Ecclef. 7. 20. But it's our Living and Dying without Repentance and Amendment,that brings God's Wrath and Ven. geance upon us. His Mercies are not li. mited, he will not only pardon us once or twice, but always upon our Repentance and Return to him. No Time, no Agę, or Seafon, does he except againft, but whenever the wicked Man turneth away from bis Wickedness that be bath committed, and doetb that wbich is lawful and right; be shall fave bis Soul alive, Ezek. 18.27. Neither is there any Sin, tho' never fo vile and heinous in its own Nature, but shall be remitted and forgiven,unlefs it be that against the Holy Ghost. All manner of Sins, and Blas. phemies fall be forgiven unto Menį but the Blafphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven, Mat. 12.31,32. And consequente ly, this Sini of Eating and Drinking unwortbily, in the worft Senfe, cannot be a damning Sin, because God in the Gospel (for Christ's sake) hath promised to forgive all our Sins, upon our Repentances,

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