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AND SMOKING FLAX. 73 nesses and the like, wherein we are more immediately under God's hand. Then Christ bath a throne of mercy at our bedside, and nun1bers our tears and our groans. The Sacrament was ordained not for angels, but for men ; and not for perfect men, but for weak men ; and not for Christ, who is truth itself, to bind him, but because we are ready, by reason of our guilty and unbelieving hearts, to call truth itself into question. Therefore it was not enough for his goodness to leav~ us many precious prornises, but he gave us seals to strengthen us: and what though we are not so prepared as we should, yet let us pray as Hezekiah did, " The Lord every one that prepareth his heart to seek the Lord God of his fathers, if he be not cleansed according to the purification of the sanctuary," 2 Chron. xxx. 19. Then we come comfortably to this holy sacrament, and with much fruit. This should carry us through all duties with cheerfulness, that if we hate our corruptions and strive against them, they shall not be counted ours. "It is not T, but sin that dwelleth in me," saith St. Paul ,