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AND J. MOORE, ILMINSTER.
The Invitation of Jesus. Our Lord met with Philip of Bethsaida, and when he saw him he said unto hinn, Follow me. Why was this invitation given to Philip? For what purpose did our Lord desire his company? He desired Philip to attend upon him, with other chosen men, as a disciple, and thus to prepare himself for preaching the gospel when Jesus should have ascended to heaven. This was providing a great benefit for others, but the invitation proposed a benefit to Philip himself as great as any which it provided, by his means, for others; for it gave him frequent access to the Saviour—the opportunity of constantly listening to his instructive discourses--of beholding the extraordinary works which proved the inission of Jesus to be divine, and of being acted upon by the goodness and sanctity of his character; and thus of learning to live as became a disciple of Christ, and of preparing himself for the exalted state of happiness and glory which he taught his friends to believe in, and await with joy.
We shall easily perceive that many others beside Philip have, in effect, been honored with a similar invitation.And who are these ? All the disciples of Jesus, of every
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