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committed the lively oracles; and of whom, as con cerning the flesh, Christ came? Do thou use such instrumentalities as shall bring them to feel their blindness of mind and hardness of heart, in rejecting Jesus; and may they look to him from the ends of the earth, and be saved. Lord, confirm the evidences of the truth of the gospel, and glorify thy Son, by bringing them into the blessings of the new covenant. For if the fall of them was the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles, how much more their fulness! Thou hast not indeed cast away thy people, whom thou didst foreknow. They shall turn to thee, when the vail shall be taken away. Assemble, I pray thee, the outcasts of Israel, and gather the dispersed of Judah, from the four corners of the earth. Bid these dry bones hear the word of the Lord; and breathe on these slain, that they may live. O Lord, hasten that time, when, through the mercy bestowed on us, they also shall obtain mercy; and when, with the fulness of the Gentiles, all Israel shall be saved!
Blessed Father, teach me thy truth as it is in JeGrant that I may love it, and feed upon it; and that I may teach it by my lips, and manifest it by my conduct to others.-Alas, our race, which thou didst make but a little lower than the angels, fell from the noble and happy condition in which it was created, by sinning against thee: and when thou didst look from heaven, upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, or seek after God; behold! they were altogether become filthy: there was none that did good; no,
Yet thou didst not cast them off; but in the counsels of thy mercy, didst enter into a covenant of grace, to bring them into an estate of salvation by a Redeemer; even the Lord Jesus Christ, who, being the eternal Son of God, became man, that he might redeem us from the curse of the law, in being made a curse for us; and that we might have salvation through his blood.-O Lord, we exercised no penitence of heart that could have prompted thee to this display of compassion; and there was nothing in our character which could give thee any delight. It was sovereign, unsearchable, unmerited grace that formed and perfected the plan of redemption. Thou didst indeed commend thy love to us, in that while we were sinners, Christ died for us!
(Deity.)-Great God, enable me to make Christ, and him crucified, the primary object of study and faith. Give me heartfelt and precious views of his character and offices. May I regard him as that Word, which was in the beginning with God, and was GOD; and which was made flesh, and dwelt on earth, full of grace and truth. O suffer me never to doubt that in him dwells all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. To him belongs eternity; for he was before all things. He is the creator; for without him was not any thing made that was made. To him pertains dominion; he upholds all things by the word of his power. He is everywhere pre· sent; since where two or three are gathered together in his name, he is in the midst of them. His understanding is infinite; for he knows the hearts of all men. He that honoureth not the Son, honoureth not the Father, which hath sent him.Blessed Jesus, if thy disciples worshipped thee, as
the Searcher of hearts and the Saviour of soulsif all the angels of heaven cry unto thee, "Blessing and honour, glory and power"-well may I acknowledge and proclaim thee, as the living and true God!
(Prophet.)-Lord, assist me to receive Christ as my Teacher. May he reveal to me, by his word and Spirit, the will of God for my salvation. May I learn of him, who spake as never man spake, and who taught as one having authority. Let me remember that if I hearken not to his words, thou wilt require it of me: for if they escaped not, who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not I escape, if I turn from him that speaketh from heaven. O put his law into my mind, and write it in my heart. Let its entrance give light and love, zeal and purity to my soul. Lord, let it not be a savour of death unto death, but of life unto life.
(Priest.)-Help me, I pray thee, to receive Jesus as the High-Priest of my profession. May I look on him as offering up himself a sacrifice, to satisfy divine justice, and reconcile us to God; and as ever living to make intercession for his chosen people. He who was the brightness of the Father's glory, and who thought it not robbery to be equal with God, took upon himself the form of a servant, that he might put away sin, by the sacrifice of himself, in his own bod on the tree. Yea, it pleased thee to bruise him, to put him to grief, to make his soul an offering for sin, that he might justify many, and that the pleasure of the Lord might prosper in his hand. In due time, when we were without strength, Christ died for the ungodly; taking away the handwriting of ordinances that was against us; suffering the just for the unjust; that he might bring us to
God.-Lord, I would praise thee that by him we have received the atonement. Thou hast set him forth to be a propitiation, through faith in his blood, for the remission of sins. He has given his life a ransom for many. He who knew no sin, was made sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
O Lord, convince me that forgiveness is granted only for his sake: there being no other name given among men whereby they can be saved. Teach me that his costly sacrifice was not needed to make thee willing to be reconciled to us; for it was the fruit of thy love but because thou wouldst maintain thy justice, and still be the justifier of him that believeth in Jesus, and his deliverer from the wrath to come. Heavenly Father, show me by this office of Christ's mission, the lost condition of human nature, and the wonders of thy justice and love. May it be the most cherished object of my contemplation, and fill my spirit with adoration and thanksgiving, love and obedience. May I thus judge, that if Christ has died for me, I should henceforth live, not unto myself, but unto him; and that both living and dying I should be the Lord's.--[See INTERCESSION.
(King.)-Great God, I pray thee, make me willing to receive Christ not only as my Saviour, but as my Sovereign, to subdue me to himself, to rule and defend me, and to restrain and conquer all his and my enemies. O may I regard his service greater riches than the treasures of Egypt. Thou hast set him at thy right hand, that at his name every knee should bow, and every tongue confess; and hast given unto him the keys of death and hell, with all power in heaven and earth. His throne is forever and ever. Thou wilt break them with a rod of iron,
who will not have thy Son to reign over them; and wilt dash them in pieces, as a potter's vessel. Thou wilt make him Governor among the nations, and give him the heathen for his inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for a possession. O hasten that day.-Lord, lead my thoughts often to that consummation of Christ's sovereignty, when he shall come in his glory, to judge the quick and the dead. O may he then be my Saviour King, and I be a redeemed vassal of his everlasting kingdom.
(Example.)-Jehovah God, incline me to make Jesus my example in all the duties of life. May the same mind that was in him, be also in me. Lead me to walk even as he walked; for he that followeth not after him is not worthy of him. May I look unto him as my pattern of patience and humility, prayer and faith, long-suffering and benevolence. May I strive to purify myself even as Christ is pure; and beholding, as in a glass, his glory, be changed into the same image, from glory to glory, as by the Spirit of the Lord.
(Union.)-Lord, unite me to Christ by a living faith, even as the branch is united to the vine. Make me a new creature in him. May I receive of his fulness, and grace for grace. May he be to me that bread from heaven that giveth eternal life; and be formed in my heart the hope of glory. Make me a member of that body, of which Christ is the head. Build me upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ being the chief corner-stone; in whom the whole building, fitly framed together, groweth unto a holy temple of the Lord. O may my life be hid with Christ in God; that he