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filth and dross, and would not for a thousand worlds be found in himself. His finger is ever upon his sores,† his sins, his wants. Now he begins to set a high price upon Christ's righteousness; he sees the need of a Christ in every duty to justify both his person and performances: he cannot live without him; he cannot pray without him: Christ must go with him, or else he cannot come into the presence of God; he leans upon the hand of Christ, and so bows himself in the house of his God: he sets himself down for a lost, undone man without him; his life is hid and grows in Christ, as the root of a tree spreads in the earth for stability and nutriment. Before, the news of Christ was a stale and sapless thing; but now how sweet is Christ! The voice of the convert is, with the martyr, “None but Christ."

The terms to which we turn are,

1st, To God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

2ndly, To the laws, ordinances, and ways of Christ.

A man is never truly justified, till his very heart be in truth set upon God, above all things, as his portion and chief good. These are the natural beathings of a believer's heart: Thou art my portion. "+ "My soul shall make her boast in the Lord." "My expec

* Phil. iii. 4, 7, 8, 9. cxix. 57.

+ Psal. li. 3.

Psal. xxiv. 2.

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tation is from him; he only is my rock and my salvation, he is my defence. In God is my salvation and glory; the rock of my strength, and my refuge is in God."*

Would you put it to an issue, whether you be converted or not? Now let thy soul and all that is within thee attend:

Hast thou taken God for thy happiness? Where doth the content of thy heart lie? Whence doth thy choicest comfort come in? Come then, and with Abraham, "lift up thine eyes eastward and westward, and northward and southward," and cast about thee. What is it that thou wouldst have, in heaven, or on earth, to make thee happy? If God should give thee thy choice as he did to Solomon, or should say to thee, as Ahasuerus to Esther, "What is thy petition, and what is thy request, and it shall be granted thee?" What wouldst thou ask? Go into the gardens of pleasure, and gather all fragrant flowers from thence, would these content thee? Go to the treasures of Mammon, suppose thou mightest lade thyself as heavy as thou wouldst from. thence. Go to the towers, to the trophies of honour; what thinkest thou of being a man of renown, and having a name like the name of the great men of the earth? Would any of these, would all these suffice thee, and make thee count thyself a happy man? If so, then

* Psal. lxii. 1, 2, 5, 7, and xviii. 1, 2.

+ Est. v. 3.

certainly thou art carnal and unconverted. If not, go farther; wade into the divine excellences, the store of his mercies, the hiding of his power, the depths unfathomable of his all-sufficiency; doth this suit thee best, and please thee most? Dost thou say, “It is good to be here?"* "Here will I pitch, here will I live and die." Wilt thou let all the world go rather than this? Then it is well between God and thee. Happy art thou, O man, happy art thou that ever thou wast born: if a God can make thee happy, thou must needs be happy: for thou hast avouched the Lord to be thy God.† Dost thou say to Christ, as he to us, "Thy Father shall be my Father, and thy God be my God?" Here is the turning point. An unsound professor never takes up his rest in God, but converting grace does the work, and so cures the fatal misery of the fall, by turning the heart from its idol to the living God. Now, says the soul, "Lord whither shall I go? Thou hast the words of eternal life." Here he centres, here he settles; O, it is the entrance of heaven to him to see his interest in God. When he discovers this, he saith, "Return unto thy rest, O my soul, for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee;" and is even ready to breathe out Simeon's song, "Lord, now lettest thou thy

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servant depart in peace;"* and saith with Jacob, when his old heart revived at the welcome tidings, "It is enough." When he seeth that he hath a God in covenant to go to, "this is all his salvation, and all his desire."‡ Man, is this thy case? hast thou experienced this? why then, blessed art thou of the Lord:" God hath been at work with thee, he hath laid hold on thy heart by the power of converting grace, or else thou couldst never have done this.

The true convert turns to Jesus Christ, the only Mediator between God and man. His work is to bring us to God. He is the way to the Father, the only plank on which we may escape, the only door by which we may enter,** as the only means of life, as the only way, the only name given under heaven.tt He looks not for salvation in any other but him, nor in any other with him: but throws himself on Christ alone, as one that should cast himself with arms spread out upon the sea.

"Here, saith the convinced sinner, I will venture; and if I perish, I perish; if I die, I will die here. But, Lord, suffer me not to perish under the pitying eye of thy mercy.Intreat me not to leave thee, or to turn away from following after thee." Here I will

*Luke ii. 29. xxiii. 5. ¶ John xiv. 6. ‡‡ Ruth i. 16.

† Gen. xlv. 28.

1 Tim. ii. 5.

** John x. 9.

2 Sam. || 1 Pet. iii. 18. tt Acts iv. 12.

throw myself:-I will not go from thy door.*

Thus the poor soul doth venture on Christ, and resolvedly adhere to him. Before conversion the man made light of Christ; minded his farm, friends, merchandise, more than Christ; now Christ is to him as his necessary food, his daily bread, the life of his heart, the staff of his life. His great design is, that Christ may be magnified in him.§

His

heart once said, as they to the spouse, “What is thy beloved more than another?" He found more sweetness in his merry company, wicked games, and earthly delights, than in Christ. He took religion for a fancy, and the talk of great enjoyments for an idle dream; but now to him to live is Christ." He sets light by all that he accounted precious, "for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ."¶

All of Christ is accepted by the sincere convert; he loves not only the wages, but the work of Christ, ** not only the benefits, but the burden of Christ: he is willing not only to tread out the corn, but to draw under the yoke: he takes up the commands of Christ, yea, and the cross of Christ.††

The unsound convert closeth only by halves

*Job xiii. 17 Phil. i. 20.

**Rom. vii. 12.

+ Mat. xxii. 5. || Cant. v. 9.

Gal. ii. 20.

Phil. iii. 8.

tt Mat: xi. 9, and xvi. 24.

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