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it. This promise imports four things.- It imports,
1.. Such a suitableness in him to the necessitiesof the foul, as is to be found in no other. Sine ners seeking a fill of the creatures, are but feeding on wind, which can never satisfy. There is no suitableness betwixt the desires of an immortal soul, and the produce of this earth : Ifa. lv. 2. “ Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread, and your labour for that which fatisfieth not? Hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness." What avail riches, honours, and pleasures, to a soul pressed with guilt! But Christ is suited to all the wants of the soul. Speaking of the excellence, suitableness, and fulness of his salvation, he says, “ I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be cloathed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear : and anoint thine eyes with eye-salve, that thou. mayest fee," Rev. iii. 18. His blood and Spirit will answer all cases which the soul can be in.. The words import,
2. That there is a sufficieney in Christ for all their needs : Col. i. 19. " It pleased the Father, that in him should all fulness dwell.” There is enough in him to satisfy all the desires of the soul. Persons may travel through the whole creation, ere they find an object commensurable to the desires of their fouls ; but when the soul comes to Christ, it then and there finds an object, than which the foul, when extending its desires to the utmost, cannot crave more. Here, though our boundless desires should launch forth into this ocean, they shall never be able to reach the bottom, or find the shore.-The words import, 3. That there is a communication of this fuit.
able fufficiency unto that foul which opens its. mouth wide to receive it. Thus,
(1.) Christ gives himself to that soul, so that such an one may say, Song, ii. 16. “ My beloved is mine, and I am his ;" or, with Thomas, cry, “ My Lord, and my God." They have him by the sureft tenor of an indissoluble union: John, vi. 56. “He that eateth my flesh,” says Jesus, “and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.” A wicked man may have many poor mys, Dan. iv. 30. compare chap. ii. 47. But they cannot call God theirs; and besides, they want a thousand things more than what they have. But what want can they have who have Jesus, who is all in all ?
(2.) Christ gives them all good with himself :: Rom. viii. 32. “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things ?" Pfal. Ixxxiv. 11. « For the Lord God is a fun and shield ; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will he with-hold from them that walk uprightly. Having a right to himself, they may write their names upon, and claim a title to, all that are his. They are rich, seeing they are married to Jesus, the heir of all things. No sooner does the foul close with Christ, than they get this right; and though they get not all prefently in hand, yet they have all in hope ; a hope of which they will never be ashamed.- The words import, 4. The soul's satisfaction upon
that communic cation. In what measure the soul opens its mouth to Christ, in that.measure Christ communicates of his fulness; for this is the standing rule, “ According to thy faith, so be it unto thee.” And in what measure Christ communicates of himself to the foul, fo the soul has that satisfaction. Ac. cordingly the soul rests in Christ, and having e
nough in him, never goes out, as it was wont, to beg at the world's door : John, iv. 14. “ Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him, shall never thirst ; but the water that I Mall give him shall be in him a well of water, springing up to everlasting life.” “ It is enough,” said Jacob, “. Joseph is yet alive.” When all the cisterns are dried up, the believer has enough. He can rejoice in the Lord, and joy in the God of his salvation, Hab. iii. 17. He can fay also with Paul, Phil. iv. 18. “ But I have all, and abound." I. am full; and no wonder, for the soul having. Christ, has,
(1.) A fulness of merit to look to :, 1 John, i. 7. “ The blood of Jesus Christ, God's Son, cleanfeth us from all fin." When the soul looks within itself, it fees a fulness of guilt, debt, misery, and poverty. It sees heart, lips, life, and duties, all full of sin; fins which tears of blood and rie vers of oil cannot wash away. But, looking to Christ, it fees a fountain opened for fin and for uncleanness, Zech. xiii. 1. The rock struck by the rod of justice, and the waters gushing out, and following them through the wilderness, a sea to overwhelm all their guilt! Mic. vii. 19.
" He will turn again, he will have compaffion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities ; and thou wilt cast all their fins into the depths of the sea.”—The soul sees,
(2.) A fulness of spirit in Christ to take away the power of fin. He hath the seven Spirits of God, Rev. iii. 1. When they look within themselves, they see a very scanty measure of the Spirit. When they look above them to their Head, they see it there without measure poured out upon their Head, to that
very end that it may go down to the fkirts of his garments, even to every
member of his myftical body.—The soul sees,
(3.) A fulness of grace in him, lodged in him as the common storehouse of all the saints: John, i. 16. “ And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.” If they want wisdom, or righteousness, or fanctification, they have it in him : 1 Cor. i. 30. “ But of hiin are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, righteousness, fanctification, and redemption.” They have all in him ; and seeing God treats with them no other way but as in him, they are complete in him, “ For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, who is the Head of all principality and power." I come now,
III. To conclude with some short improvement. And this only in an use of exhortation.
I would exhort you, then, to come to Christ with enlarged desires, that your souls may be filled. I direct you to one who can give your souls full satisfaction. Open your mouths wide, O communicants! Open your mouths wide, one and all of you, make enlarged demands from Christ the Saviour.---To prevail with you in complying with this exhortation, I offer you the following Motives.
Mot. 1. Ye have many times opened your mouths wide to the world, and your lusts, but were you to this day ever filled ? Prov. xxiii
. 5. “ Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not ? For riches certainly make themselves wings, they fly away as an eagle towards heaven." Have you not enlarged your desires as hell ? If there had been any fatisfaction which you could have got out of Christ, have you not squeezed so hard as that you would certainly have pressed it out? But you have never got it, and never shall get it there. Come, then, to Chrift, and try him.
Niot. 2. Has not the world and your lusts oftimes rewarded your love with hatred? When you have been hammering for fatisfaction at these things, have you not struck fire, instead of water, out of these barren rocks, and lain down in sorrow? O! if you had bestowed that strength of affection and defire on Christ, which you have on these things,
had never been so rewarded. Mot.
If Christ fills you not, you shall never be filled. Many have sucked at these breasts which you are on, but never one came speed; as little shall you :
Ecclef. ii. 12. « And I turned myself to bchold wisdom, and madness, and folly : For what can the man do that cometh after the king ? even that which has been already done.” There was a sign of emptiness hung out at the creature's door in paradise, the tree of knowledge, of good and evil. And has that vanity which fin subjected them to fince filled up that emptiness ? No, Ah! you
shall as foon grasp your arms full of shadows and dreams, as fill your
souls without Christ.
Mot. 4. Consider that Christ can and will fill your souls, if you will only open your mouths wide, and receive him.- For confider,
(1.) That all fulness is in him : Colof. i. 19. « For it hath pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell.” He is the storehouse of all fulness ; it dwells in him, it can never be missed there. The fulness of the Godhead dwelleth in him bodily, Col. ii. 9. Can there be ever any want with him ? -- Consider,
(2.) That the fulness that is in him is to be communicated in him : John, i. 16. “ And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.” It is lodged there to be communicated from him to poor fouls : Zech. xiii. 1.“ In that day there shall be