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Thy namė, O Lord, endureth for ever : and thy memorial, O Lord,
throughout all generations.—Psalm CXXXV. 13.
viour in his offices, as the All in All to his purchased church and people. I presume, therefore, I may safely recommend them to those who love the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity ; inasmuch as they not only contain nothing (in my judgment, or recollection) contrary to the analogy of faith, but clearly hold up Christ as the exalted head of the church; without whom we can do nothing in vocation, justification, sanctification, or glorification; out of whose fulness alone we receive grace for grace; and by virtue of union and communion with him, as the living vine, we become fruitful branches, whereby our heavenly Father is much glorified. Hence shall it appear to the whole world that they who preach Jesus in all his offices, relations and fulness, hold not the truth in unrighteousness; that they make not Christ the minister of sin ; nor, as we are slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say (as they did of St. Paul before us,) “ Let us do evil that good may come.” (Rom. iii. 8.) But being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the praise and glory of God, may they confute (both in principle and practice) such false aspersions ; put to silence the ignorance of foolish men by well doing ; and prove to a demonstration, that they which believe in God are careful to maintain good works; and that those only who have received Christ Jesus the Lord, and walk in him, are acquainted with the true nature of, or shew forth in their lives and conversation, that evangelical and practical holiness, which necessarily springs from saving faith wrought in a justified soul by the Spirit of God; and without which no man shall see the Lord ! As many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the whole Israel of God! Amen.
For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup,