The communicant's spiritual companion
Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.
Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC
By: Thomas Haweis
Excerpt from book: An Invitation to the Communion. CHAPTER II. AN INVITATION TO THE COMMUNION. WHEN in the parable the table for the marriage feast was spread., the oxen and fallings killed, the servants in waiting, the royal bridegroom ready, a message was sent to hasten the guestsCome now, for all things are ready. With this message, brethren, am I sent to every one of you, beseeching and entreating you for Christ's sake, that ye would be reconciled to God, and, as a token thereof, to come unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. But as their message of old was rejected, so too frequently is ours. The most of you agree with one consent to excuse yourselves: the farm and the merchandize, the cares and pleasures of this life, so engross your time, that you have neither inclination nor leisure to attend the call. And of those who do come, how many forget the wedding garment, and thrust themselves in, unwelcome guests, who, after having eaten and drank in Christ's presence, will be bound hand and foot, and cast into outer darkness, where is weeeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth. To the one and the other of these, I will address the following words, before I enter upon the considerAn Invitation to the Communion. ation of, the temper necessary for the profitable partaking of the Lord's Supper. And here I intend to shew you, I. The great danger of neglecting this ordinance. II. The great guilt of coming to it unworthily. I. The great danger of neglecting this ordinance. And this will appear, 1. If we consider it as the breach of the express commandment of Jesus Christ. It was among his last words, the night before he was betrayed, that his disciples should do this in remembrance of him. The words of a friend are always dear, but hjs dying words especially apt to dwell upon th...