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avoid to the utmost of our power whatever is displeasing to God, and to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world. Faith is a real belief in the fundamental doctrines of the Gospel, particularly in that most fundamental doctrine, the death of Christ for the sins of the world ; a belief, which is not the mere assent of the understanding, but the persuasion of the heart, shewing itself to be living and active by the good fruits which it produces on the conduct; a faith in short which worketh by love. Of such a faith the natural consequence is thankfulness“ a thankful re- membrance of the death of Christ.” For certainly a man, who really believes that when he was exposed to eternal death, the Son of God died to rescue him, will feel thankful for such a stupendous instance of loving-kindness. The being in perfect charity with all men, implies the harbouring no ill-will, a freedom from all desire of reyenge, a readiness to forgive injuries, and to promote the welfare of all within our reach. This in fact may be considered as a part of repentance. The qualifications for the Lord's Supper are mentioned rather more


at length in the Communion Service. “ The way and means thereto is first to “ examine your lives and conversations by " the rule of God's commandments, and “ whereinsoever ye shall perceive your“ selves to have offended, either by will, 6 word, or deed, there to bewail your own " sinfulness, and confess yourselves to Al“ mighty God with full purpose of amend“ment of life. And if ye shall perceive

your offences to be such as are not only against God, but also against your neigh6 bour, then ye shall reconcile yourselves “ unto them, being ready to make satisfac“ tion according to the uttermost of your

power for all injuries and wrongs done " by you to any other; and being likewise .“ ready to forgive others that have offended

you, as ye would have forgiveness of

your offences at God's hand.”. And again, more shortly, thus ; “ Judge there“fore yourselves, brethren, that ye be not

judged of the Lord; repent you truly for

your sins past, have a lively and stedfast “ faith in Christ our Saviour, amend your “ lives, and be in perfect charity with all “ men,” And what is there here which

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is not the bounden duty of every one of us, whether we receive the Lord's Supper or not? What is there here, which is not necessary to entitle us to the common privileges of Christianity? What is there here that can be neglected by any one, who wishes to meet death with comfort ? Those who have opportunity, do well, if before communicating they give more time than usual to prayer and self-examination ; but the qualifications above mentioned comprise all that is absolutely requisite.

Many persons seem to entertain the mistaken and dangerous idea, that though a man is not fit for the sacrament, he yet may be in a state of acceptance with God, and his eternal interests safe. Believe me, my friends, it is, generally speaking, impossible for a person of mature years to be unfit to partake of the Lord's Supper, and at the same time fit for heaven. For in what does your unfitness for the sacrament consist ? in the neglect of repentance ? in a determination not to quit your sins? in an obstinate refusal to lead a new life ? Alas! if this be so, you are in a most perilous situation, whether


receive the Lord's Supper or

not. You are in a state of death, and eternal sufferings are hanging over your head. For you cannot hope for forgiveness without repentance, and if your sins are unforgiven, they will rúin you for ever.' “Except

ye repent, ye shall certainly perish.” Or is it that you are wholly without faith? Is it that though you profess and call yourself a Christian, you really believe neither in God the Father, nor in Jesus Christ whom he hath sent? If this be so, you are yet in your sins ; for without faith it is impossible to please God, and it is through faith in Christ alone that forgiveness is offered.

If however you tell me that you are heartily sorry for having offended God, and wish and intend to use your best endeavours to please him for the time to come; but that you fear that your sorrow for sin has not been deep enough, that your repentance is imperfect; if you say farther, that you really believe the great articles of the Christian religion, and are influenced in your conduct by this belief, but that your faith is weak, and not sufficiently vigorous and active; I should then exhort you to dismiss your fears, and to draw near to the

table of your Lord in humble reliance upon the mercy of God. As long as we are in the body, we shall continue full of imperfections, and if none could partake of the Lord's Supper, but those whose faith and repentance are in every respect perfect, who could venture to approach it? We profess to come, “not trusting in our own righte“ousness, but in God's manifold and great “ mercies;” we there confess “our manifold “ sins and wickedness,” and acknowledge that “we are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under his table.”

Or perhaps you apprehend, though your repentance be now sincere, that at some future period you may fall into sin. If none were to receive the Lord's Supper but those who can be sure that they shall henceforward be perfectly free from sin, no one ought to receive it, for there is no man liv. ing that sinneth not. It is because we are continually exposed to temptation, and continually in need of having our souls strengthened and refreshed, that the Lord's Supper ought to be continually received. This sacrament was appointed, not for angels, not for glorified saints, but for sin

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