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CHRIST's invitations of you are frequent : Jesus Christ calls on you frequently; he hath waited on you time after time, one year after another; and he doth now invite you, by me this day, to come unto Him. Do not fight this invitation, but receive it with joy and thankfulness. Come, I beseech you, to this JESUŞ, who thus invites you to be his {pouse. Again,

CHRIST's invitations to be his fpouse are earnest; he doch call upon you, and not only call, but call earnestly too ; yea, he useth many arguments with you: he will press you to come unto him, he is loth to take any denial from you : he knocks, and knocks hard at the door of your hearts for entertainment; and surely you will not deny the LORD of life and glory who died for you, and gave himself for you : O my dear sisters, let this be the evening of your espousals to the LORD JESUS CHRIST.

He invites you freely to be his spouse, for all his invitations are free; he doth not expect a portion with you, as worldly lovers do ; He wants nothing of you : nay, you must have nothing, if you be espoused unto the Lord. Jesus CHRIST. If you be poor, miserable, blind, naked, JESUS CHRIST will supply all these defects of his own free mercy; he will fill and supply you with all things out of his treasury; he will make you meet for himself; he will prepare you to live with him for ever.

Consider, if you be once espoused unto Christ, if once joined in this relation, you shall never be separated from him ; neither men nor devils shall be able to separate you : none, none, shall disjoin you; and when death doth break all other bonds, it shall not break the conjugal bond between you and CHRIST, but bring you unto the most full and everlasting poffeffion of your beloved.

And what do you now say, young women ? shall I have a grant for my master, or be sent away with a repulse and refusal ; no, I cannot carry such a message to my master ; I hope better things of you, my sisters, and things which accompany falvation : methinks by this time ye should begin to have a mind unto JESUS CHRIST ; you look as if you did,

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defire; you hearken as if you would consent. What do you lay? Shall the match be made up this evening between CHRIST and your souls... that I may be instrumental in joining your hands, or rather your hearts together: O. that I may be instrumental to tie that knot, which never can be unloosed.

Some marry in haste, and repent at leisure ; but if you were once espoused unto JESUS CHRIST, you would never repent; pothing would grieve you, but that you were not joined to him sooner; and you would not be disjoined again for all the world,, Die

Shall this be the day of your espousals ? Some of you have stayed a long time; and will you defer any longer? If you will not now, perhaps you may never have another opportunity; this may be the last time of asking; and therefore it is dangerous to refuse: some of you are very young, too, young for other espousals ; but, none of you, my dear fifters, are too young to be espoused unto the LORD JESUS CHRIST ; in other espousals, you must have the consent of your parents ; but in this you are at your own disposal ; you may give, and ought to match yourselves to CHRIST, whether parents do consent or not.

But if any of you should ask, what you must do that you may be espoused unto CHRIST? You must be sensạble of your need of being espoused to him; and untill you are sensible of your need of the LORD Jesus CHRIST, you cannot be espoused to him: You must have desires after this Jesus, and seek unto him for an interest in him ; you must cry nightly unto him to espouse you to himself: put off the filthiness of sin and all its defilements; and then, my fifters, put on the white raiment, and clean garments, which CHRIST hath provided for you, the robes of his righteousness; in these garments you shall be beautiful ;, and in these garments you fhall be accepted : you must have the wedding garment on ; you must put off all your own good works, for they will be but a means to keep you from CHRIST ; no, you must come as not having your own righteousness, which is of the law, but you must have the righteousness of CHRIST. Therefore, come unto the LORD JESUS Christ, and he will give it to you ; he will not send you away without it.

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Receive him upon his own terms, and he is your's for ever": O devote yourselves to him, foul and body, and ali, to be his forever ; and CHRIST will be your's, and then "hàppy, happy you, that ever you were born! But if any of you die before this espousal unto the LORD JESUS CHRIST, 'then woe, woc, unto you, that ever you had a being in life ; but if you go to Christ you shall be espoused unto che' Lord JESUS': though your fins have been never so great, yea, the blood of CHRIST will cleanse you from them; the marriage covenant between Christ and your souls will dintolve all your fins ; you will then be weary of your old ways, for all things will become new in your souls.

Now, my dear Sisters, I shall conclude by juft fpeaking a word or two to those of you, who are already espoused unto the LORD JESUS CHRIST. to admire, admire the rich and free grace, which hath brought you to this relation : Is not this an instance of the greatest of love, that you should be the spouse of the LORD JESUS CHRIST? You that had no beauty, you that had no comelinefs, that was full of sin, that He should embrace such as you and I are; that we thould be taken into the embrace of this LORD Jesus. O infinite condescending kindness!. O amazing love ! Reverence, reverence, I beseech you, this LORD JESUS CHRIST. * He is your LORD, and you must reverence him, love and bé faithful unto him, be subject to him, and careful to please him in every thing i endeavour to keep up a daily commu. nion with him ; look, long and prepare for CHRIST's second appearance, when the nuptials 'between you shall be folen nized, and you live with him in mansions of everlasting joys, where you shall love and live with this king of glory for ever

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I know not how to conclude;, methinks I could speak to you till midnight, if it would bring you unto the LORD JESUS CHRIST, and make you be espoused to him, for indeed, that will be the espousal which will turn to the greatest advantage, as you will find by experience, if you will but make the trial; and chat you may do so, my prayers and my constant endeavours fhall be used. ******* WE Mairy 1, ona se .!",nos

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I will; mỹ dear fifters, spend and be spent for you, and by the affiftance of God, will persevere in this that I have begun; and as many of you may have, opportunity fome evening in the week, without breaking in on the business of life; I shall therefore, my sisters, either be here, or where you shall be publicly acquainted with : I will nåt mind being reproached or despised : the men of this world may use what language they please; they may say I am a Methodist. Indeed, my sisters, I am resolved, by the grace of God, to use all methods I can, to pluck you from Satan, that you may be as brands plucked from the burning fire : tbis - fhall be my method, which I hope will be the means of effectually saving your precious and immortal souls.

And if I am the instrument of this, I shall rejoice, yea, and I will rejoice in spight of whạt men, or devils, can fay or do to the contrary: and may the LORD Jesus CHRIST direct, and affist me at all times, to act what will be moft for his glory, and the welfare of your souls i and may you all say a hearty Amen thereto.

.“ Now the LORD JESUS CHRIST, who is God over all, 6 “ blessed for ever, aslift and watch over you, keep you

. « from all evil and sin here, and present you before bis .. Father faultless at the great day of account ! To this

" LORD JESUS CHRIST,, the Father, and the blessed “ Spirit, three persons and but one eternal and invisible “ God, be ascribed all honour, power, glory, might, “ majesty and dominion, now, henceforth, and for ever “more. Amen, Amen." ; in

. * « The grace of our Lord Jesus CHRIST, the love of

“ God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost be with “ you all, to comfort under, and deliver you from tri6 bulation; to preserve you to your respective places of 6s abode ; and when there, to keep you in his fear, that to you may live to his glory; that to live may be

“ CHRIST!s, and to die be your eternal gain; fo that ; "you may live with him through eternal ages, and fing “ Hallelujahs to him for ever. Amen.”

SERMON

SERMON VI.

Britain's Mercies, and Britain's Duty, '

· Preached at Philadelphia, on Sunday, August 24, 1746.

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M E N, brethren, and fathers, and all ye to whom I am

TV about, to preach the kingdom of God, I suppose you need not be informed, that being indispensibly obliged to be absent on your late thanksgiving-day, I could not fhew my obedience to the governor's proclamation, as my own inclination led me, or as might justly be expected from,' and demanded of me. But as the occasion of that day's thanksgiving is yet, and I trust ever will be, fresh in our memory, I cannot think that

discourse on that subject can even now be altogether unleasonable, I take it for granted, further, that you need not be informed, that among the various motives which are gene rally urged to enforce obedience to the divine commands, that of love is the most powerful and cogent. The terrors of the law may affright and awe, but love diffolves and melts the heart. “ The love of CHRIST,” says the great apoftle of the Gentiles, “ constrainech us.” Nay, love is so absolutely

necessary for those that name the name of CHRIST, that with: - out it, their obedience cannot truly be filed evangelical, or

be acceptable in the fight of God. " Although, (says the apostle) I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burnt, and have not charity," (i. e. unless unfeigned love to GOD, and to mankind for his

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