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receive from him at last all the blessings
promised in the gospel, and any particular
mercy we stand in need of at present.
This, added to the intercession of our high
priest and advocate, who, (in virtue of his
blood, or perfect righteousness) appears in
the presence of God for us, (Heb. ix. 24,)
gives great encouragement to humble, peni-
tent addresses to the throne of grace. Heb,
iv. 16, Let us come boldly unto the throne
of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and
find grace to help in time of need.
199. (2.) Thus we shall lift up our
souls unto God charged with ideas of the
most perfect duty and goodness; which,
if our hearts are properly seasoned with
them, will dispose us to a conformity to
them ; or change us into the same image,
by purifying our breasts from sensual and
earthly affections, giving an abhorrence of
sin, kindling the love of God, and of our
fellow creatures, raising our hearts to things
spiritual and heavenly, and representing
every part of duty, in either doing or suffer-
ing, as absolutely necessary to our happi-
ness, and certainly practicable by the di-
vine assistance. To come unto God by
the blood of Christ, is to come to him in

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such away as naturally suggests that purity and holiness which is the principle and rule of our whole conduct. This advantage of drawing near to God by the blood of Jesus, the apostle, taking his images from the Jewish worship, hath described, Heb. x. 19–22, Having therefore, brethren, bold. ness to enter into the holiest [to the throne of God in heaven] by the blood of Jesus ; the new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us [having first opened, and gone in it himself, leading us therein to God and to eternal life] through the vail, that is to say, his [crucified] flesh. And having an high priest over the house of God: let us draw near to God [in his worship] with a true [sincere and upright] heart [of love and devotedness to him, J in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled [or cleansed] from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed [from all sensual pollution] with pure water, [the word of God..] Let us hold fast the projession of our faith [in principle and practice] without wavering (for he is faithful that promised.) And let us consider one another to provoke, [or excite] unto love and to good works. Not forsaking the as

sembling of ourselves together in our religious societies, but piously frequenting them, as those that hope by the blood of Jesus, the new and living way, to be shortly introduced into the glorious society above, where our high priest lives and reigns for eyer. * 200. Happy is the man who forms his principles and temper upon this perfect model, the blood of Christ ; who comes unto God in every act of worship by this way, and who keeps his eye in the whole course of his life upon this guide. Great is his peace and comfort : he walks steadily in the path of all truth and virtue, and is sure of glory, honour, and immortality.

* Agreeably to this whole description of drawing near to God by the blood of Christ, we are, I conceive, to understand, asking in his name : i.e. as his sincere disciples and followers, and in dependence upon the grace of God in him.

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