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398. The Gospel Worthy of all Accep

tation. C.M. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation,

that CHRIST JESUS came into the world to save sin
ners.-] Tim. i. 15.
JESUS, th' eternal Son of God,

Whom Seraphim obey,
The bosom of the Father leaves,

And enters human clay.
2 Into our sinful world he comes,

The messenger of grace,
And on the bloody tree expires,

A victim in our place.
3 Transgressors of the deepest stain

In him salvation find:
His blood removes the foulest guilt,

His Spirit heals the mind.
4 Jesus redeems from sin and hell;

His words are true and sure,
And on this rock our faith may rest

Immovably secure.
5 O let these tidings be receiv'd

With universal joy; · And let the high angelic praise

Our tuneful powers employ!
6 “Glory to God, who gave bis Son

“ To bear our shame and pain!
“ Hence peace on earth, and grace

to “In endless blessings reign.” [men,

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399. The Free Invitations of the Gospel.


The Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that

heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come.
And whosoever will, let him take the water of life free-
ly. Rev. xxii. 17.
YE careless, dying sinners! come;
Jesus, the LORD, invites you home;

O whither can you go!
What! are your crimes of crimson hue?
His promise is for ever true,

He'll wash you white as snow. 2 Backsliders! fill’d with your own ways, Whose weeping nights and wretched

In bitterness are spent, [days
Return to Jesus, be'll reveal
His face again, and sweetly heal

What you so much lament. 3 [Tried souls! look up--he says, 'TisIHe loves you still, but means to try

If faith will bear the test : The Lord has giv'n the chiefest good, He shed for you his precious blood;

O trust him for the rest!] 4 Rejoicing souls ! draw hither too, Ye grateful, highly-favour'd few,


Who feel the debt you owe; Press on, the LORD hath more to give: By faith upon him daily live,

His fulness you shall know. 400. The Invitation of the Gospel. L.M. I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich ; and white raiment, that thou may. est be clothed, and that che shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eye-salve, that thou mayest see. Rev. iii. 18. JESUS, and are thy blessings free? Then I


dare to come to thee; Tho' naked, wretched, blind, and poor,

I'll buy from thy unbounded store. 2 I come for grace, like gold refin'd,

T enrich and beautify my mind;
Grace that will trials well endure,

And in the furnace grow more pure. 3 Naked, I come for that bright dress,

Thy perfect spotless righteousness;
That glorious robe, so richly dy'd

In thine own blood, my shame to hide. 4 Like Bartimeus, now to thee I come and

that I

may see:
E'en clay is eye-salve in thy hand,

If thou the blessing but command. 5 Poor, wretched, naked, blind, I came;

O let me not return the same!
But let me, gracious SAVIOUR, be
Enlightend, cloth’d, enrich'd by thee.

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401. The Lord's Call to his children.

Wherefore, come out from among them, and be ye sepa-

rate, saith the LORD, and touch not the unclean thing;
and I will receive you, and will be a father unto you,
and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the LORD
Almighty. 2 Cor. vi. 17, 18.
LET us adore the grace that seeks

To draw our hearts above;
Attend! 'tis God the Saviour speaks,

And every word is love!
2 [Tho' filld with awe before his throne

Eacb angel veils his face,
He claims a people for his own

Amongst our sinful race.]
3 «Come forth,” he says, “no more pur-

The paths that lead to death; [sue
Look up, a bleeding Saviour view;

Look, and be sav'd by faith.
4 My sons and daughters you shall be,

Through the atoning blood;

shall claim and find in me
A Father and a God."
5 LORD, speak these words to ev'ry heart

By thine all-powerful voice!
Oh may we now from sin depart,

And make thy love our choice ! on If now we learn to seek thy face

By Christ, the living way,
We'll praise thee for this bour of grace,
i vThrough an eternal day.

402 To Come to Christ: 8_4. Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled : forsake the foolish, and live. -PROV. ix. 5, 6. YE that thirst for solid pleasure,

Seek it in the SAVIOUR's love: '11
There's in Christ a boundless treasure,

Raise your hearts to things above.
On the cross he bore our sorrows;

There he put our sins away,
Conquer'd death with all its horrors,

And redeem'd us from its sway., 2 Come to him, your sins confessing;

Grace and glory he can give;
Pardon, peace, with every blessing

All are your's, if you believe.
Friends may fail, but he will take you,

And supply your utmost need;
Nor will Jesus e'er forsake you,

But in paths of safety lead.
3 Where are they who count it folly,

To obey the heavenly King?
They, who think us melancholy,

Let them hear his people sing!
Raise your joyful voices higher;
· Raise the heart, where Jesus is;
Rise and catch the sacred fire,

Foretaste sweet of future bliss.

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