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voice of my Beloved; behold he cometh, skipping on the mountains, and leaping on the hills ? It is the voice of my Beloved, saying, Rise, my love, my fair one, and come away ; for, lo the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;" the heavy shower of the Father's wrath for your sins, hath fallen on my head, and now all the treasures of the Father's grace and love are put into my hand; and will you 'not come to me? Rise, my love, my fair one, you shall be fair in my sight, though in yourself a vile monster, and black like hell, by lying among the pots of sin and guilt; yet, rise at my call; let your
heart rise, let your soul rise: “ Rise, my love, my fair one, and come away; all things are ready, come to the marriage.” If you intend to come to the marriage-supper, come first to the marriage. All things are ready for you, whatever you want; pardon, and peace, and grace, and glory, and every good thing;“ All things that the Father bath are mine;" and, “ 1 that speak unto you am he;" and, “ To you, O men, do I call; my voice is to the sons of men.-If any man thirst let him come to me and drink.” Come and drink abundantly of all things that your souls stand in need of: only come to me, and then drink. The Father hath put the cup of salvation in my hand; come then, and take a large draught of wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, redemption, and all things that the eternal God hath; for, “ All things that the Father hath are mine." A large draught of the Spirit is to be had here. See John vii. 37.
(4.) The last direction I offer to your faith is, O! would you take this testimony of Christ ? Then receive it in the demonstration of the Spirit, who is come to glorify Christ. Look for the anointing that teaches all things; the Spirit takes and shews them to you. All the glorious things that are spoken of Christ will be tasteless, till the spirit give you a relish of them. But, O sirs, have you not now ground to expect the Spirit, when he that hath all things that the Father hath, hath said, “ He shall come, he shall glorify me, he shall receive of mine, and shew it unto you;" and again, “ He shall receive of mine, and shew it unto you?” And, O! is he not this day shewing you, that the things of God are the things of Christ, and the things of Christ the things of God? Yea, so far as he hath shewn you that all things that the Father bath are Christ's so far hath he glorified Christ, and made all the glory of God to appear in his fáce. If you have heard what Christ says of himself, you have heard what the Spirit says : and, O! the voice of the turtle agrees in one with the voice of Christ. This is the turtle dove that rests upon Christ; and when the voice of the turtle is heard, it is another argument by which Christ courts his bride; “ Rise, my love, my fair one, and come away ; the voice of the turtle is heard in our land,” Song ii. 10,-13. The voice of the turtle is again heard in Dunfermline; the Spirit is come to glorify Christ, by making the words of Christ sound in our ears : “ All things that the t'ather hath are mine."
Quest. How shall I know, if I have believed what Christ here says, and what the spirit shews; for, I think I am yet brutish in my knowledge: I think I know nothing of this mysterious glory, how all things that the Father hath are his; I think I have no right notion or understanding herein. ?
In answer hereto, read and consider Jer. xxvi. 7. “ I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the Lord; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people : for they shall return to me with their whole heart." Whence you may see, that the promise is not here of a head-knowledge, but a heart knowledge; for many learned heads, that have had very high notions, and lofty speculations, are lying in the bottom of hell : but, though you have not a head to know ; yet have you got a heart to know the Lord; a heart desire to know him, such as many learned rabbies never had ? And, though you cannot boast of knowing what a Lord he is; (for his glory is infinitely great above the language of men and angels; yet have you got a heart to know that he is the Lord? Not what he is, but that he is the Lord; that he is the Lord of lords, and King of kings; that he is such a Lord as commands your heart, and is drawing your heart to him, and away from all your lusts and idols, so as you are returning to him with the whole heart? Then he is so far enlightening your minds in the knowledge of his glory, in having all things that the Father hath, as to be giving you what is vastly better than a head to know, even a heart to know him that he is the Lord, a heart-burning desire to know him; yea, says he, I give you a heart to know me, that I am the Lord, that I am thy Lord; therefore worship thou me; for, “ All things that the Father hath are mine;" all his power, and glory, dominion, and authority is mine; and all his treasures and unsearchable riches are mine; and now that thou hast got a heart to know me, thou art mine too. I have given thee a heart to know me, to love, and fear, and adore me : you never had such a heart by nature ; it was a heart full of
ity against me, and my Father too: but yet my Father had a heart toward thee, a heart-love to thee : and as all things that he hath are mine; so his heart. love is mine, and he gave it to me, that I might give it to you, and declare it by my Spirit; and I open his heart to thee in his own words, « I have loved thee with an everlasting love, and with loving-kindness have I drawn thee."
Tell me, soul, Dost thou now believe? and in a way of believing, welcome the Father's Sent, saying, “ Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord," and that cometh loaden with all spiritual-blessings; yet, with all things that the Father hath ? And dost thou welcome the Comforter, that is sent to glorify Christ, by taking of his things and shewing them to you; and making the light of the knowledge of the glory of God shine into your hearts ? Then surely our glorious Lord is welcoming you to his table, saying, “Rise, my love, my fair one, and come away:" whatever be your wants, my Father bath let me want for nothing. Do you want life or light, or strength, or pardon, or grace? Let all your wants be upon me; for, “All things that the Father hath are mine.”
PART OF THE DISCOURSE
FENCING THE TABLES.
We are now to set about the work of commemorating the love of Christ in giving himself a sacrifice to satisfy justice for our sins; and to remember the love of God in Christ, in whom is treasured up all things that the Father hath to dispense to poor sinners. Here is a feast of fat things to us; but, though it be presented on the gospel-table to all sinners that hear the gospel, yet it is presented on the communion-table, only to believers and friends, who alone are capable of communion with him in all these things which the Father hath intrusted him with.
Therefore, I must debar enemies, who evidence them. selves to be so, by their continuing to be impenitent breakers of God's commands, &c.*
But, on the other hand, I do, in the same name and authority, invite to the table of the Lord, all believers, and lovers of our Lord Jesus Christ, even though they have been formerly of the black catalogue I have mentioned ; if, upon a view of the glory of Christ, they are brought to abhorthemselves, and repentin dust and ashes. All who are brought to believe, that all things the Father hath are Christ's, and to be joyfully content that they should be humbled to nothing, and that Christ should be all things to them; and particularly, as made of God to them, wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. Are you taking with your name, Folly, and guilt, and sin, and misery; and yet would
* Though there be no precise form observed in fencing the Lord's table, every minister being at liberty in this matter ; yet all the im. penitent breakers of the Moral Law are generally debarred ; of these our Author gives a specimen, in Vol. I.
willingly give Christ the honour of his name, as made of God to you these opposite remedies, viz. wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption ? Are you taking with your vile name, saying, “ Truth, Lord, I am a dog;" yet, with the dogs, wanting to eat of the crumbs that fall from the Master's table? Are you taking with your name, Nothing, Nothing ? Saying, I am nothing but sin, I have nothing but sin, I can do nothing but sin, I deserve nothing but hell and wrath : and yet for all this my heart leaps within me for joy, to think of Clirist's being all things to me, and having all things that the Father hath ? Are you content to be nothing, that Christ may be all things to you? And to be worse than nothing, that Christ may be better than all things to you? Is that the frame of soul you are in, or have been in this day? Then, O come to his table, and share of all things that he hath.
Have you got the faith of this glorious truth that proceeded out of the mouth of Christ, “ All things that the Father hath are mine?” And have
therein seen his glory? If so, then, 1. You have seen the glory of Christ, as the glory of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. And hence, 2. You have seen Christ's treasure to be very great and extensive; no less than all things that car render you happy for ever.
3. You have seen the store and treasure he hath, to be divine and excellent things; to be the things of God the Father. 4. You have seen Christ's interest and the Father's twisted together; and hence have seen the things of Christ to be the things of God: and the things of God to be the things of Christ : the blood of Christ to be the blood of God; the righteousness of Christ to be the righteousness of God; the words of Christ to be the words of God; and the fulness of Christ to be the fulness of God. 5. You have seen that though you have nothing, yet he hath enough to spare for you; that in your Father's house there is bread enough and to spare. If you thought there was nothing to spare for you, it would flow from this unbelieving thought, that there is not bread enough, fulness enough in Christ; for, if you believe there is bread