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that doeth evil, hateth the light neither cometh to the light; left his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth, cometh to the ligh“, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
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ful 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, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort, through the merits of Christ Jesu our Saviour, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God; world without end, Amen.
For the Epistle. Acts. 8. 14.
maria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John; who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost
. (For as yet he
was fallen upon none of them; only they were baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus) Then laid they their hands on them, -+ and they received the Holy Ghost. The Gospel. S. John 10, 1.
} Erily, verily I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheep-fold, but climbeth
fome other way, the fame is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth' in by the
*Paraphrase on the Collect for Tuesday in Whitsun-Weck. O God, who, as at this season, didt enlighten the nual joy and consolation under all our Aflictions, Minds of the firft Chriftians by the wonderful descent through the Merits of thy Son our Saviour, who of the Holy Spirit upon them: Grant us, by the same reigneth with thee and the fame Spirit
, one God, for Spirit, a clear ciscernment of our duty, and a conti- ever and eyer.
. For, eve y one that doerb evil, &c. Wicked Men wrought in the fear, and according to the will of Gode who cleave to their Sins because of the present plea- † And i bey received the Hely Ghost. That is
, such as fure they find in them, cannot endure true Doctrine,' the Holy Ghoft had pointed out to be ordained Minifa because it thews their actions in a proper light, con- vers, or to do- jacred Offices in the affemblies. Upon demns them and raises qualms of Conscience that are theje
, by the taying on of the Apottles Hands, xereconi extremely painful and not easily to be quieted. But ferred the extraordinary gifts of the Holy
Spirit tuch every good Man desires, and rejoices in the Knowledge as speaking in varions Languages, and Prophecying. of his duty: because it hews him that his deeds are Sec chap. xix. 7
door, is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice tand he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the fheep follow him; for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow ; but will Alee from him; for they know not the voice of strangers. This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them. Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. *All
that ever came before me are thieves and robbers; but the sheep did not hear them. : I am the door; by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not but for to steal, and to kill and to destroy: I am come, that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal: Trinity, in the power of the divine Majesty to worship the unity; We beseech thee, that thou wouldest keep us stedfast in this faith, and evermore defend us from all adversities, who livest and reignest one God, world without end: Amen.
Paraphrafe on the Collect for Trinity Sunday.. O moft mighty and eternal God, who hait taught worship one God; we beseech thee to keep us firm in us thy Servants, according
to the profession of a right this belief and continually to preserve us from all evil, Faith to acknowledge the Divinity of the Father, Son, who livest and reignelt one God for ever and ever. and Holy Spirit, and in the power of thy Majesty to
t And be calleth his own Sheep by Name, &c. This ing it because it may be disagreeable to their inclinaris in allution to the customs of Judea, where Shepherds tiuns. had Names for their Sheep, who answered to them as • All that ever came before me, &c. That is, a'l those Dogs and Horses do with us, following to the Pastures, who in former times assumed the character of Teachand wherever their Shepherds thought fit to lead them. ers of Religion, without commission from me are im... The moral meaning of this circumstance is, that good postors, whose only design is to fleece the People whom Men are obedient to the instructions of good and faiththey pretend to instruct, and to promote their own ful Teachers, who few them their Duty both by pre- worldly interest at the expence of Mens Soulsa. cept and example with great plainnels; not conceal
: For the Epistle. Rev. 4. T. Fter this I looked, and behold, a door was opened in heaven :
and the first voice which I heard, was as it were of a trumpet talking with me, which said, Come up hither, and I will Thewi thee things which must be hereafter. And immediately. I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one fat on the throne, *and he that sat, was to look upon, like a jasper, and a sardine stone ; and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. And round about the throne were. four and twenty feats; and upon the seats I saw I four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. And out of the throne proceeded | lightnings, and thunderings, and voices. And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. And before the throne there was ta sea of glass like unto cryftal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a nian, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. And the four beasts had each of them slix wings about him, and they were full of eyes within, and they rest not day and night, faying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to
And when those beasts give glory, and honour, and thanks to him that fat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, the four
And be that fat, was, to kok upon, &c. As the four Beasts, or living Creatures lignity four Apoitas, Person on the Throne here represents God the Fa- and that all the People should be gathered under this ther; fo these appearances denote his power, and justice, Ensign by the profcffion of the Gospel. And those and Mercy, and the faithfulness of his Covenant to being full of Eyes intimate that the Persons fignified Mankind.
by them were endued with the gift of Prophecy, and 1 Four and treenty Elders, &c. These represent ail manner of necessary gifts and illuminations of the the Elders or Bishops of the Churches about Jerusalem, Spirit. filing with the B sops of that City in Council.
$ Six Wings about him. These denote their zeal # Lightnings and I bunderings, &c. These import the and readiness to propogate the Gospel; and the nunthreatnings of God's fierce anger and vengeance againit ber of their Eves denotes their perfet knowledge of the Jews.
the Types and Prophecies of the old Teftament; and t A Sea of Glass, &c. &c. This denotes the Peo- their foreknowledge of momentous events under the ple of Israel, as the Glass dies their Actions and Con- New; and they cease not continually to give praile to Sciences clearly seen through by this great Judge. The God.
and twenty elders fall down before him that fat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory, and honour, and power; for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are, and were created
The Gospel. S. John 3. 1. "Here was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ru
ler of the Jews. The same * came to Jesus by night, and faid unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a' teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doelt, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily I say unto thee (Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus faith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the fecond time into his mothers womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water, and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh, is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit, is-spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it lifteth, and thou heareft the found thereof; but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth; fo is every one that is born of the Spirit. Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? Verily, verily I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen, and ye receive not our witness. If I have told you earthly
• Came to Jesus by Night. He came to Jefus pri- Promises of the Gospel. The being born again was a vately for fear of his Brethren of the Council, who form not altogether unknown to the jews; because were generally Christ's Enemies,
the admision of a Pro elyte into their Church was | Excipt a Man be born again, &c. That is, unless looked on by them as a second Birth to him: se his 'á Man be rifornied from all Iniquity, in his Mind, natural Parents and Relations were looked upon as no Will, and Affections, by the ope atwn of the Holy Spi- longer such : and the Profelyte himself was thought is, and fo become as it were, a new Creature, he cannot to have received a new Soul by the change of his kebe a) en Cbriftian," nor partake in the Biellings and igio...
things, and ye believe not; how fhail ye believe if I tell
of heavenly things ? *and no man hat'ı afcended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man who is in hea
And as Moses lifted up the ferpent in the wilderness: even fo mult the Son of man be lifted up; that whcloever believeth in bim, should not perish, but have, eternal life.
The first Sunday ajter Trinity.
trust in thee; Mercifully accept our prayers: and because through the weakness of our mortal nature we can do no good thing without thee, grant us the help of thy grace, that in keeping thy commandments we may please thee, both in will and deed, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. 1 S. John 4. 7.
one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not, knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God towards us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath feen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwel
Paraphrafe on the Cullem for the first Sunday after Trinity. O God, who art the defender and support of all that enable us by thy Grace fo faithfu'ly to obey thy precep: tely upon thee; lend a merciful Ear to our petitions ; that both our actions and intentions may ând favour in and tecause through our natural weakness, we are not thy fight, through Jesus Chrif our Lord. able, without thy ailiftance, to serve thee acceptably;
And n. Man bath afcend. d into Heaven, &c. Nei- proper way to express our grateful fenfe of God's Love ther Mofes norany Prophets afcended into Heaven to towards us is to love one another; and in imitation of receive their conmiton and instruction from thence: that pattern to extend our Love even to those who do but Jesus Christ came down from Heaven and therefore not deserve it of us. The reason of this is plain, bemust have been intimately acquainted with the Coun. caufe God is not in the compafs of our good offices; sels of the Father. Nay he was at that very time in and therefore the only method left us of thewing our Heaven, even whilft he was upon Earth; and therefore Love to him whom we cannot vifibly converse with, must have been a messenger of much higher dignity nor lring any benefit co, is to love thole with whom we
do converse, and who may be ihe better for us. Tuis I Belazed, if God so loved us, we ought, &c. The is in effect to do as he did.
that came before him.