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tain the Decency of an hospitable Entertain- SERM.
Wife I have chosen is infinitely nearer and * dearer to me, than any Relation, meerly hu* Greg. Nyf
man, can be conceived. I came down from Heaven to espouse her to myself, and left my Father's Bosom and Throne purely for her fake. For her fake thou knowest I have al. ready taken on me my Office and Ministry, and therefore doft thou not think, that mine Hour is now come, to cleave unto her, and consequently to bid adieu to thee? Thou thinkest I am here at a Wedding Feast only with a view to pay a Compliment to the Bridegroom and Bride: And therefore as thou art fenfible of the Power that is in me, thou wouldst have me exert it for the sake of supplying them with a little Wine: But know that I came here with a deeper Design than is apprehended by either yourself or your Friends. It is my own Nuptials I design to honour, and therefore if you desire or expect me to do any Miracle here, leave me to act in my own Method and Way; and take Notice, that whatever I think fit to do, I shall do not so much to celebrate their Marriage as to solemnize my own.
This may possibly be our Saviour's Meaning in the short Answer he returned to Mary: And this being understood, every thing relating to the Mystery of the Miracle seems sufficiently explained. What then remains,
but by way of a practical Application at last, SERM.
and caufing us to be born in the Days of 3 Light ? Let me remind you then, that you
have the Happiness to live, not under a Law
but what it affords you sufficient Grace and į Strength to go through. See then that you
make use of the Abilities that are indulged
SER M. Their Ceremonies also, though they were
of Use fo far as they were typical ; yet the Shadow was so thick that the Substance itself could hardly be discerned : Whereas the Gospel propounds to us a Service rational, spiritual, and pure. It loaves no Cloud to intercept our Sight: But carries us to Jesus Christ directly, who is himself the Antitype, the Accomplisoment, and the End of the whole Law. So that the Revelations of the Divine Will, which, to the Jews, were all along imperfect and dark, are to us Christians become clear and intelligible, perfect and full.
But the two principal Defeats in the Law of Moses, which in the Religion of Christ are fully supplied, were the great Motive of all Obedience, a sufficient Reward ; and the great Encouragement to all Endeavours, a Strength able and fufficient to perform. The Rewards promised to the Jews upon
Observance of the Law, were merely temporal ; all limited to the present Life ; such as the Enjoyment of their Land in Plenty and Peace, Victory and Triumph over their Enemies, and Length of Days to enjoy those Blessings. Not a single Promise does Moses give of Happiness or Life in the World to come ; whereas Christians, to excite and en.
çourage them to Obedience, have a full Al-SERM.
But the other Defect which was supplied
The Law only thewed and threatened Sin, but did not inwardly afsift and rescue us from it : It condemned Men for what they did ; but brought no Grace to strengthen them against it. Therefore St. Paul speaking in the Person of a well disposed, but unregenerate few, says, To