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I thou shouldft enter into covenant with the Lord thy i God, and into his path, which the Lord thy God

maketh with thee this day." And so it will not of its self, if it be separate from the former, secure our ga

thering to him at the last day. Mean while it is a i duty required of us now for God's honour, and requisite for our comfort, Deut. xxvi. 17. It is done three ways.

i. By words fpoken, Psal. xvi. 2. either in prayer to i God, wherein a person solemnly and in express words

declares unto God in secret his acceptance of and entering into the covenant; or before men, where the thing being proposed by one, others fignify their acquiefcing by some fit gesture, as bowing of the head, Exod. iv. 30, 31.

2. By writing under their hand, declaring their accepting of the covenant, Isa. xliv. 5. “One shall say, I am the Lord's ; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the Lord, and firname himself by the name of Israel.” This has been an useful practice of many in their life, and comfortable to their relations when they were gone, when they found their written acceptance of God's covenant of grace.

3. By instituted significant actions. Such is the par. taking of the Lord's table. The very taking of the bread and wine at the Lord's table, and eating and drinking the same, being a solemn declaration before the world, angels, and men, that we enter into Christ's covenant. So in case it be separate from believing, tho'it cannot savingly enter us, we will be treated as covenant-breakers.

Use. To conclude, I beseech you by your gather. ing together to Christ at the last day, that you now gather to him in his covenant. For this caufe I recommend to your confideration,

1. That this is a special gathering time, wherein the great trumpet of the gospel is sounding, and double founding, a gathering ; a time wherein the Lord is sending out the angels of the churches, ministers, to gather you. Let not the trumpet of the gospel sound

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THEIR EXPECTATION OF THE DAY'S BREAKING IN THE OTHER WORLD, AND THE SHADOWS FLEEING AWAY; AND THEIR GREAT CONCERN FOR CHRIST'S · PRESENCE TILL THAT HAPPY SEASON COME.

The substance of several Sermons preached at Etterick in

the year 1730.

Song ii. 17. Until the day break, and the madows flee away ; turn

my Beloved, and be thou like a roe, or a young hart .. upon the mountains of Bether. ., IN these words you have the breathing of a gracious

soul, with respect to the time that may pass in this world, before one comes to enter into the other world; it is to have his countenance and the communications of his grace by the way, until they come there, where there will be nothing to intercept it. And it would be a good sign of meeting with a kindly reception from Christ into that world at last, that we were now faying from the heart, “Until the day break, and the shadows flee away ; turn my Beloved, and be thou like a roe, or a young hart upon the mountains of Bether." . Where observe,

1. The connection of these words with the preceding verse, whereby they appear to be the breathing of a foul really married to Christ, having a sense of the marriage bond, and not ashamed of it, but resolutely owning it. “My Beloved is mine, and I am his. Until the day break, and the shadows flee away; turn my Beloved," Uc. The spouse of Christ looks on herself as one that is married to a husband whom she dearly loves, but is ,not yet ready to take her home; she desires therefore, that until the time come of his taking her home, he will not be a stranger to her, but give her the comfort of Dd 2

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in vain for you, nor the angels of the churches at. tempt in vain to gather you. They bring Christ's voice and the offer of the covenant to you.

2. As fure as the trumpet of the gospel is sounding now in your ears, and the angels of the churches are at work to gather you to Christ now, whose attempts you may render vain ; so sure will the last trumpet found in the same ears, and the angels of heaven gather them joyfully to Christ who now come unto him, to meet him in the air, while they will leave the rest on the earth.

3. What will you think to see at that day, others taken as within the bond of the covenant, and your. selves left as without it? With what pale faces, and trembling hearts, will ye look up to the Judge coming in the clouds of heaven, and to your neighbours, Christ's covenant people, carried by angels, and flying above you, away to meet the Lord in the air, with a shining glory on them?

Lastly, How will ye brook your last sight of them, when they having in the first place received their welcome to their kingdom from the Judge on the throne, ye shall get your fentence to depart from him into a verlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels; and so must turn your backs, and make away to your place, they being then the spectators of your begun misery, and your beloved world being set on fire?

Think on these things in time, and whatever ye are, or have been, know that you are allowed free access into the covenant; and therefore enter into it fincerely. Go alone by yourselves, think on your lost state by na. ture, examine yourselves as to your liking of the covenant, and if you find your heart pleased with it, go to your knees, and folemnly declare before God, your accepting and entering into it, taking Christ in all his offices, and God in Christ for your God and portion forever. And so be persuaded, that on this your gathering to Christ in the bond of his covenant now, depends your beinz gathered to him in glory at the last day.

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THEIR EXPECTATION OF THE DAY'S BREAKING IN
THE OTHER WORLD, AND THE SHADOWS FLEEING A-
WAY; AND THEIR GREAT CONCERN FOR CHRIST'S
PRESENCE TILL THAT HAPPY SEASON COME.

The substance of several Sermons preached at Etterick in

the year 1730.

Song ii. 17. Until the day break, and the madows flee away ; turn

my Beloved, and be thou like a roe, or a young bart

upon the mountains of Bether. IN these words you have the breathing of a gracious

soul, with respect to the time that may pass in this world, before one comes to enter into the other world; it is to have his countenance and the communications of his grace by the way, until they come there, where there will be nothing to intercept it. And it would be a good sign of meeting with a kindly reception from Christ into that world at last, that we were now faying from the heart, “Until the day break, and the shadows flee away ; turn my Beloved, and be thou like a roe, or a young hart upon the mountains of Bether." Where observe,

1. The connection of these words with the preceding verse, whereby they appear to be the breathing of a foul really married to Christ, having a sense of the marriage bond, and not ashamed of it, but resolutely owning it. “ My Beloved is mine, and I am his._Until the day break, and the shadows flee away; turn my Beloved," &c. The spouse of Christ looks on herself as one that is married to a husband whom she dearly loves, but is not yet ready to take her home; she desires therefore, that until the time come of his taking her home, he will not be a stranger to her, but give her the comfort of Dd 2

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