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THE NEXT THING YOU ARE TO ENQUIRE INTO IS, WHETHER YOU HAVE A LIVELY FAITH
IN GOD's MERCY THROUGH CHRIST.
Now, because so very much depends upon our
having such a faith, the Holy Ghost has given us all the arguments, all the assurance, that our hearts can desire. God so loved the world, that He spared not His own Son (saith the Apostle), but gave Him up for us all. Can there be a greater, a surer pledge of the love of God for His poor creatures? He made Him to be sin (that is, a sin-offering); He delivered Him to death in our stead. Can we, after this, doubt of or distrust the mercy of God?
Observe the method St. Paul takes to confirm our faith, by giving us the strongest proofs of our acceptance with God. “God," saith he, “commended his love to us, in that while we were enemies we were reconciled to Him by the death of His Son : much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life." What may we not, after this, hope for from God?
In short, Jesus Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law. Through Him we have peace with God. This is the only foundation of our faith, our hope, and confidence. He is our Sacrifice, our Mediator, our Advocate, the knowledge of which ought to remove all occasions of despair and fear from the displeasure of God.
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IVE me leave, O God, to mention before Thee the
death of Thy Son, and the infinite blessings I have received thereby; add this to all Thy favours, I beseech Thee, that I may never forget these mercies; never forget to be thankful for them; but that I may preserve the remembrance of them in the manner which He hath ordained. I thank Thee, O God, for that word, in which Thou hast caused these Thy mercies and His example to be recorded. Make me truly sensible of that love which brought Him down from heaven; and how sad our condition was, which required such a sacrifice! May I learn by His patience, humility, selfdenial, and resignation, what virtues are most acceptable to Thy Divine Majesty. And may I take Him for my Lord and Master, and Teacher, and Example, and dedicate myself to Thee, and to Thy service, for His sake. Amen.
an interest in Christ, we could hope for nothing but be rejected; but when we go to Him as redeemed by His own Son, and represent to Him, as we do in this holy Sacrament, what He has done and suffered for us, we approach Hiin as entirely reconciled to us.
But then you must remember that He for us, and hath redeemed us from the power of the devil, for this end--that He may purify unto Himself a people consecrated to His service. Consecrate, therefore, yourself to Jesus Christ, and with faithful Abraham stagger not at the promises of God; but go to this Sacrament with a full assurance of faith that God will pardon your sins, and give you all the graces you shall stand in need of. Only remember that this faith itself is the gift of God, and must be prayed for, for Christ's sake, which you may do after this manner:
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BESEECH Thee, O God, by that love which moved
Thee to give Thine own Son for lost mankind, give me a faith in Thy promises for His sake as firm as Thy word, on which my faith is grounded; and let me never presume upon Thy gracious promises without sincerely endeavouring to perform the conditions on which they were made, and without being zealous of good works, for which we were redeemed. May the remembrance of my Saviour's love, and of Thy great mercy, be ever seasonably present with me, to keep me from despair; and may my faith in Thy promises support me in the hour of death! May my Redeemer be my refuge, His blood and merits plead for me, that I may have my lot and portion with those whom He hath purchased with His most precious blood! Amen.
WHETHER YOU HAVE A THANKFUL REMEMBRANCE OF
CHRIST'S DEATH, IS THE NEXT THING YOU ARE TO
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sense you have of the evil He has delivered you from, and the blessing He has by His death procured
Consider therefore yourself as a poor, sinful, lost, undone creature, without a Redeemer. Consider what that Redeemer has done for you ; what He did and what He suffered when He took upon Himself to answer for the sins of men.
Consider that He was the Son of God; that He had done no wrong, neither was guile found in His mouth; notwithstanding this, being to answer for sinners, He was treated and punished as a sinner deserves to be! He was despised, set at nought, persecuted and rejected by His own people, whom He came to redeem !
He was betrayed by His own disciple, falsely accused, unrighteously condemned, unmercifully scourged, had a murderer preferred before Him, was crucified as a malefactor, and in the very midst of His torments, was most inhumanly reviled!
Consider the reason of all this. It was not only to satisfy the justice of God for the sins of
procure their pardon upon their repentance and future obedience, but also to show mankind what treatment sin and sinners who have rebelled against their Maker