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Sermon manifested in Spirit and Power; and ae

iy>/\i cordingly our Lord told his Disciples just

before his Departure, that it was expedient

for them, that He should go away, that

as the Bridegroom had been present with

them in the Flesh, He might for the fuh

ture abide with them in Spirit—" At that

John xiv." Day ye shall know, that I am in my

z0' "Father, and you in me, and I in you."

Thus, as the Lord had a Work to do for

us in the Day of his Humiliation, so had

He a Work likewise to do in us after. hia

Glorification, to manifest Himself to us.iri

and by the Spirit, to enlighten, comfort,

and sanctify our Hearts, that we might bie

a holy Temple in the Lord, an Habitation

of God thro' the Spirit. And this Admit

nistration of the Spirit and Power of -thi

Gospel was first manifested in the Wajfcftf

a publick Dispensation, on the Dajrt «f

Pentecost, when the Disciples were filled

with the Holy Ghost. This is that fpkfc

tual Marriage or Union betwixt ChriftiqpA

bis Church, that Fellowship of the Mystery

to which we are now called, even Cbrifl.m

us the Hope of Glory; not that it first took

Place after our Saviour's Ascension,; fat

Salvation was always spiritual, aj&ddcould

. "/. . not not otherwise be, but in other Ages it was Sermw a hidden Mystery, not made known untot/vNJ the Sons of Men as it is now revealed by the Spirit. But to whom is it revealed? Not unto the World, not unto those that live in the Wickedness, Vices, and Vanities of it; not to Mockers and Scoffers, who speak evil of the Things they know not, and corrupt themselves in those Things which they naturally do know; nor yet to those that hold the Truth in Unrighteousness, or who having a Form of Godliness, deny the Power thereof} to these it is not given to know the Mysteries of the Kingdom, for their Eyes are blinded, that the Light of the glorious Gospel of Christ, who is the Image of God, cannot shine unto them: But this great Mystery of Godliness is made manifest to the Saints, to them who havei John ii. an JJnBion from the Holy One, and therefore20' know all things needful, and are sanctified thro' the Word of his Truth. To these itjohnxvii. is given to hold the Mystery of Faith in a^im ^ sure Conscience; for they have Fellowships with the Father of Lights, with whom is no Darkness at all: And as they abide in the Grace and Love of Christ, He doth lovelhem, and manifest Himself unto them; John xiv. i'j'-i S 4. and21'

Sermon ^j f0 they have Fellowship wfih thje S<m:

i^ry\j And forasmuch as they all walk together in

the Light and have the fame Spirit of Peace

and Love ruling in their Hearts, they have

1 John i. peiiowjhip one with another, and the Blood of

Christ cleanses b them from all Sin.

To this Fellowship of the Mystery, even the Blessed Communion of Saints, begun in Grace on Earth, and perfected in Glory for ever in Heaven, may God of his infinite Love in Christ Jesus, thro the Power of the Holy Ghost, bring us all,— Amen, /.{

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Je REM. XXXI. 33.

This Jhall be the Covenant that I will make

with the House of Israel after those Days,

faith the Lord; I will put my Law in

their inward Parts, and write it in their

Hearts, and will be their God, and they

shall be my People.

GOD'S Dealings with Mankind in re- Sermoh ference to their Salvation are ^ti^ry\j forth to us in the sacred Writing* under the Name of Covenants. The Law delivered to the Israelites by the Hand of Moses, as it was an external Rule and Di* rectory, is called the Covenant of Works: the Gospel Dispensation, as it is the Free Gift of God in Jesus Christ, and the Ministration of his Spirit operating by an in.?

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Sermon ward Divine Power on the Soul, is called t/v\; the Covenant of Grace: "By Grace are we Ephef. ii. «( faveci ^xo' Faitn, and that not of our

"selves, it is the Gift of God." Thus, as johni.17.the outward " Law was given by Mose% so '• Grace and Truth [in the inward Parts] "came by Jesus Chrijl" This Covenant of Grace which bringeth Salvation, is spoken of by the Prophet in the Text, as Heb. viii. a Dispensation then future j and St. Paul %- calls it the New Covenant: But both the

one and the other speak thus only with regard to its Accomplishment and Ratification by the Blood of Christ the Mediator of it, and as it was not made known in other Ages to the Sons of Men as it is now made known, either in Clearness of Revelation, Extent of Promulgation, or the Measure of its Vouchsafements: But witlk respect to its Virtue and Efficacy it was not new at the Time they spake of, but more ancient than the Law, nay prior to the Expulsion of our first Parents from the Garden of Eden: And therefore it will be needful to go back to this early Period*, ^itt order to form a right Judgment of theCoi venant of Grace, and so to consider it islisti threefold Dispensation. ',...- '-r.d/t 0.1

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