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The Epiftle. S. James 1. 22.
ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your
own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass. For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into $the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein; he being not á forgetful hearer, but â doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this mans religion is vain. || Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father, is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
The Gospel. S. John 16. 23.
ther in my Name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my Name; Alk, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full
. These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: the time cometh when I shall no more speak unto you
in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father. At that day ye shall ask in my Name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you; for the Father himfelf loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God. I came forth from the Father, and am co ne into the world; Again, I leave the world, and go to the Father. His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plain!y, and speakest no proverb. Now are we
Paraphrase on the Colleet for the fifth Sunday after Easter. O God, the giver of all good Things, we, thy Sere good desires, and by thy merciful affiftance enable us to vants, bumbly beseech thee to inspire into our Minds perfect them through Jesus Christ.
1. For if any be a bearer of the Word, &c. That is, called a Law of Liberty, because it frees us from the hearing will be of nå fervice to us without doing. bondage of the Law of Moses, from the guilt, and puFor, as a Man who in .a Glass fees spots in his face, nishment, and dominion of Sin; and treats us as Freen but takes no care to wipe them off;fo is he whom the men and Sons, rather than Servants. Word bath lewed to himself, if he does not correct Il Pure Religion and undefiled, &c. That Religion, those Faults, which are thus represerted to his view. which does not only appear fair to Men, but is accepo.
The perfed Law of Liberty. The Gospel is here table to God, consists in Charity and Purity.
sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by, this, we believe that thou camest fogth from God. Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe? Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come,
shall be scattered every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: * and yet Iam not alone, because the Father is with me. These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation; but t be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
The Ascension-day. 1
believe thy only begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into the heavens;, so we may also in heart and mind thi: ther ascend, and with him continually dwell, who liveth and reigneth with thee, and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.
For the Epistle... Acts. I. 1.
Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the Apostles whom hehad chosen. To whon
Paraphrase on the Collett for Afcenfion-Day. Molt mighty God, as we believe thy Son Jesus we may one' Day he admitted to dwell with him for Christ is gone up into Heaven; give us Grace, we be ever, who reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one (cech thee fo to set our Affections on things above, and God, to all Eternity. fo to purify our Hearts and Dispositions here, that
• And yet I am not alone, because the Father, &c. As tations, and the Troubles of this world; by his holy if he had said," though I know that all sę my Difci- Life, his precious Death and by the powerful aitances
ples will desert me: yet I fall not be forsaken, for of his Grace, enabling all the faithful to conquer theit " God will stand by me, and aslift my Truth and In- irregular Pations and Defires. So that we have rea" nocence."--This alfo is the comfort of every sincere son to be of good cheer on account of his glorious exe Chriftian amidst all the Troubles and Afflictions of hu- ample, his meritorious expiation, and the itrength man Life. For tho' the World frowns around him, whereby he has promised he will enable us to follow Calamities oppress him, and all his worthy Friends for his steps. fake him: yet she Lord of Hofts is ftill with him, the IT be former Treatise bave. I made, &c. By the God of Jacob is his Refuge: who will comfort, and former
. Treatise is meant the Gospel by St. Luke For helo, and relieve him when and in what manner he sees he is generally allowed to have been the Writer of it bett for him.
the Acts of obe Apostles. For which, indeed, he was Be of good cheer l bave overcome the World. Christ well qualified, on account of his being the Cotter Hath overcome the Wickedness, the Malice, the Temp- panion of St., Paul in his Travels...
also he thewed himself alive after his passion, by many infallible proofs, being feen of them forty days and speaking of the. things pertaining to the kingdom of God: and being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart froni Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, faith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water, * but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days herce. When they therefore were conie together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, twilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Ifrael? And he said unto then, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye fhail receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you; and
ye shall be witnesses unto me, both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. And when he had spoken thefe things, while they beheld, he was taken
up, and a cloud received him out of their fight. And while they looked ftedfastly toward heaven, as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This fame Jesus which is taken from you into heaven, Ishall so come in like mianner, as ye have seen him go into heaven.
The Gospel. S. Mark 16. 14. Efus appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and up
braided them with their unbelief and hardnefs of heart, be.
* But u poall be baptized with the Holy Ghoft not carnal notions of their Master's Kingdomstill supmany Days, go. This happened about cen Days after pored that he would take upon him the authority of at the Feaft of Pentecoft . And the Holy Spirit was thus a temporal Prince; and now avenge himself
his given to the Apoflles, to render them powerful Wit- Adverfaries for their late cruelties towards him. Nor nesles of our Lord's Resurrection to qualify them to were thefetalse notions fully rectified till the Holy Spirit give an exact account, as far as divine Wisdom saw it by its miraculous defcenc guided the Apostles into all necessary, of what our Saviour did and taught-and Truth. that they might be enabled to acquaint all Christians : 1 Shall fo come in like manner, &c. As he was taken with all fuch Truths as were neceffary to Salvation ; up into Heaven in a bright Mining Cloud, attended and to declare anto them by the Spirit of prophecy what by Angels-fo we are told that he hall come again at fhould be hereafter.
the last Day with his mighty Angels in a flame of Fire; rt Wilt sbou at this time reffore, &c. It is plain and Snatch the Righteous up into the Clouds, 2 Thefi i, 2, from this paliage that our Lord's Disciples had till 8.1 Thef iv. 16. 17.
cause they believed not them which had seen him after he was
Sunday after Afcenfon-day.
ir God the King of glory,who haft exalted thine only Son Jesus
Christ with great triumph unto thy kingdom in heaven; We befeęch thées leave us not comfortless; but fend to us thine Holy Ghost to comfort us, and exalt us unto the fame place whither our Saviour Christ is gone before, who liveth and reigneth with chee, and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen. - i
The Epiftle. -I S. Pet. 4. 7. 1041Y
Paraphrafe on the Colleet for the Sunday after Ascension day.
, and by Son Jesus Christ in Heaven, and rendered him vic advance us to thofe heavenly Manfions where thy Son torious over all his Enemies: leave us not deftitute we our Forerunner is entered before us, who reigneth with beseech thee of thy help and support; but grant us the thee and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever,
• He ihat believeth ard is baptized, &c That is, he + And fat on the righi hand of God. This fignifies thac believeth in the Gospel and is baptized, Thall, by that Chrift, in his human nature, is exalted to the por. virtue of that Faith and Baprism, be put into a fare seflion of all that glory and bliss which he had with of Salvation; fo that if he continue in that Faith, and the Father before the World was: and that all poruer is do not wilfully recede from his baptismal Govenant; given unto him in Heaven and Earth. This conderzthe shall attually be saved. But he that perverfely and tion, as it ought to be a continual motive to Christian contemprudly rejects the Gospel, even when he is cor- obedience, and heavenly Mindedness; soit affords 2 vinced of its truth, and divine authority; he shall not powerfut confolation under all worldly Afliétions ; be. partake in the benefits of Christ's Redemption-ball cause we know that our Lord is gone before 19. Pret 452 € 2ct fee Loja--but tbe Wrath of God abideth in him. John place for us ; that where ben we may be alp. 12 iii. 36.
charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. Use hospitality.one to another without grudging. As every, man hath received the gift; even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God: If any man minister, Let him do it, as of the ability which God giveth, that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
The Gospel. S. John 15.-26. and part of the 16 Chapter.
from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceed. eth from the Father, he shall testify of me. And
also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning. These things have I spoken'unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you, will think that he doeth God service.
And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me; but these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them.
The Collect. YOD, who as at this time didst teach the hearts of thy faithful
people, by the sending to them the light of thy Holy Spirit; Grant us by the fame Spirit to have a right judgment in all things,
The end of all Things, &c. That is, the end of the served here that thó' Christianity is at present counJewish Church and State are ac hand, see Luke xxi. 9. tenanced and supported by the civil Government: yet 34. 35. 36.
that saying of St. Paul's Nill in fome measure holds For Charity hall cover, &c. That is, where a good (viz.) that all that will live godly in Chrift Jefus Ferson is poflefied of real Charity it will induce him to fall luffer perfecurion. For as the conduct of a truly treat his fellow Creatures with Gentleness, Meekness, good Man is a continual reproach to the wicked, and and Forbearance, will engage him to draw a Veil therefore as offensive to them as the light to sore aver their failing and infirmities, and inercifuly to overe Eyes ; so 'tis no wonder if they endeavour by calumny look fuch injuries and offences done to him as call not and detraction to reduce him as much as possible to for publick justice. See Prov. X.
their own level; and to harass and distress him accordAnd these 7 hings will shey do, &us. It may be ob- ing as they have power and opportunity.