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so walk in the light os thy truth, that it may at length attaifli to the light os everlasting life, through Jesus Cbrjyft PUf Lord. Amen.

The Epistle, i S. John r. i. *' I ^ HAT which was from the beginning, which we have JL heard, which we have seen with our Eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled of the word of life; (for the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us.) That which we have seen and heard, declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us j and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, thatGod is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we fay that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: but % if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood os Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. Is we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from

Paraphrase on the Collecl for 5/. John the Evangelist's Day,

Gracious God, so illuminate thy Church by the guidance and instruction of thy Holy Word it may

Doctrine of thy Apostle St. John, that through the attain to the light of eternal Life, through Jesus Christ. *

the Disciple whom Jcsui particularly loved. As he was only seen his Person and Miracles,—had not only heard the youngest of our Lord's Disciples, so perhaps it was his Doctrines from his own mouth; but had also handau early Piety that gained him this preference: which led him, and been his bosom Friend, which was • should strongly excite us to remember our Creator and convincing proof that Christ was real Man and not a Redeemer in the Days of our Youth, and so diligently Spirit.

to walk/* the light of that Truth, which this Evange- % If ive ivali in the Light, &c. i. e. If we endeai

U4 has given us, that we may at length attain to the light vour to be holy as he is Holy, we have Communion

cf everlasting Life through Jesus Christ. with God, and God with us; and he, for the sufferings

* -Thatluhicb was from the beginning, &c. Observe of Jestls Christ, will pardon all those sinful Infirmities

Sere how well qualified this Apollle was to bearTes- and Defects, which, in this state of imperfectior,

timoiy concerning his divine Master, since he had not cleave to our best Actions*

all unrighteousness. If we fay that we have not finned, we make him a liar, and his Word is not in us.

The Gospel. S. John 21. 19...

JESUS said unto Peter, Follow me, Then Peter turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved, following, which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee? Peter seeing him, faith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesus faith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? Follow thou me. § Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not junto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that tothee? This is the disciple which festifieth os these things, and wrote these things, and we know that his testimony is true. *j- And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which if they mould be written, I suppose, that even the World itself Colum riqt contain the books .that should be written.

% The Innocents Day.

The ColleSi.

Almighty God, who out of the mouths of babes and fucklings hast ordained strength, and madest infants to glorify thee by their deaths; Mortify and kill all vices in us, and so

$ Then iver.t this faying abroad, lie. Notwith- lation to be hyperbolical and might more properly have standing the care which the Apostle took to prevent been I Juppe/e, the World wouldnot receive (or believe) rht any mistakes in this respect, yet soir.e have invented a . Books that should be •writ-ten. For.if Mankind are not fabulous Story that Jie did not die, but was translated sufficiently induced to believe in Jesus Christ through like Enoch, or Eiias. But what our Saviour said con- the Writings already published concerning him: neicerning his tarrying till he came, was sufficiently fulfil- ther would they believe iho' they had a minute acled, in that he permitted him to live till he came to count of every Miracle which he wrought, take vengeance upon the Jews by the destruction of J The slaughter of the Innocents is commemorated Jeiusalem. St. John living till he was above eighty in the third place after our Lord's Birth-Day, because years of Age, which was probably more than ten Years it was conscqu.nt upon it. And let us rememle,- that after that event. Christ has assured us that unless, we be converted, aud

t And there are also many other Things, fcfc. The become as little Clnldren, we Jhall net enter into the Kmg

expreffion in the latter part of this sentence. I suppose, dom os Heaven. Let their unambitious Simplicity, Hu

that even the World itself cculd not centain the Beds fiat mility, and Innocence be alyrays the object of our

firinld it written seems according to our present trans- imitation.

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strengthen us by thy grace, that by the innocency of purges, and constancy of our faith even unto death, we may ,glorijf^.thy

holy Name, through Tesus Christ our Lord. Amen. '". \

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tor the Epistle. Rev. 14. i. . ,« .

ILooked, and lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Fathers name written in their soreheads. And I heard a voice from; heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: and they fung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders; and no man could learn that song, but the hundred and forty and sour thousand which Were redeemed from the earth. + These are they which were not defiled with women, for they are virgins: these are they which follow t{ie Lamb whithersoever he goeth: these were redeemed from among men, being the first-fruits unto God, and to the Lamb, ^nd in their mouth was found no guile; for they are without fault before the throne of God. .

The Gospel. S. Matth. 2. 13. *npHE angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, J[ saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word; for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. When h?

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Paraphrase on the Collect for Innocents Day. O most mighty Got!, who canst make the weakest stroy in us all Vices, and so aflist us by thy grace, th \ ciagrto become powerful Instrument* of thy Provi- by the harmlessneis of our Lives and the lL'adinesi °*

: j and for thy own wife purposes didst permit the our Faith even unto Death, we may promote Uiy glory latins ot Bethlehem to be massaerctd by Herod, de- through Jesus Christ.

t 1'btj'e are they ivbicb ivere mt defiled, We. This Scripture?, is frequently represented as a kind of seeres to be one of those passages of Scripture on which ritual Whoredom. , the Church of Rome has founded her Doctrine of a: • Tie dugri of the Lord appeareib, &c. The partiingle life, vowed upon a religious account; thus cast- cular care ot Providence for the preservation of the hoi/ i»g a reflection upon that state which God has declared Infant, shews, that Jesus was, indeed, as he reprcsen.ed to be Itcnrwrahk. Whereas it seems properly to signify himself, the Son of God: and proves that the utmp't those who had preserved themselves from the pollu- endeavours of Alen can never prevent the execution f of Idolatry and Uncleanness; which, in the . what God has purposed, nor hurt those whom he protect . arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt, and was there until the death of Herod; that it might be fulfilled which was spoken os the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out os Egypt have I called my Son. % Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wife-men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and flew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligentlyenquired of the wife-men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

•f The Sunday after Chrijlmas-day*
The ColleSt.

ALmighty God, who hast given us thy only begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure Virgin; Grant that we being regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit, through the fame our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee, and the fame Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Paraphrase on the Collecl for the Sunday after Christmas-day. Most mighty God, who, for our Redemption, didst Chis Liberty of the Sons God; may, by the help of cause thy Son Jesus Christ to be made Man, and, as thy Spirit, daily increase in newness of living, through at this season, to be born of the Virgin Mary, grant the same Jesus, who reigneth wich thee, and the fame that we being born again from the Death of Sin unto holy Spirit* one God for ever and ever, a life of Righteousness, and admitted into the glori

% Then Herod when he saw. i£c. Behold in Herod a whom the fullness of the Godhead dwelt bodily could lively instance of the fatal effects of Envy and Ambi- stoop so low for the Salvation of Man; what office can tion. This example should teach us to keep a guard we think too low that serves to promote the fame glower ou» desires after worldly Honour and Greatness: rious end! Let this Mind be in us then which was al/i which, when indulged to excess, are so apt to produce in Christ Jesus, and let us put off concerning the former in us such jealousy and torment, and to break through Conversation, the old Man which Is co'rupt according io tb* all obligations of nature and duty to overturn all Laws, deceitful Lusts: and be tenewed in the Spirit of our Mi/ut"; and erase the brightest impressions of Reason and Re- and put on the new Men, which after God is created m ligion. Righteousness and true Holiness. God has promised the

t Who "can consider this amazing condescension assistance of his Spirit to help our Infirmities upon the

of the Son of God, and not be filled with Gratitude, easy condition of sincere and fervent Prayer* through

with Love, towards such a Benefactor! and if he ia Jesus Christ.

'* ' ■ , T^r £/>/y?/*. Gal. 4. 1. . '../ ".

NOW! say, that the heir as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all \ but is under tutors and governors, until the time appointed of the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world; But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, § that we might receive the adoption of sons. ' And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and is a son, then an heir os God through Christ.

The Gospel St. Matth. 1. 18.

THE birth os Jesus Christ was on this wife: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, (before they came together) she was found with Child of the Holy Ghost. % Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, sear not to take unto thee Mary thy wise; for that which is conceived in her, is of the holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus; for he shall save his people from their fins. (Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the Prophet, saying,

Behold, a Virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a Son,


% Thai iue might receive the Adapti»n,l£ c. Adoption we forfeit not that title by our own disobedience, is an act of favour, whereby the Master of an Estate J Then Joseph her HuJbanJ being a just Mate, l$e.

take? Persons of another Family, and receives them as Joseph might be said to be a just Man in this respect,

his own Children. Thus God by a marvellous act not'only «i he was a religious observer of the Law

of kindness was pleased to admit us Gentiles, who which commanded a divorcement in the cafe or Adul

were Slaves to Sin, into the bleised freedom and fellow- tery; but likewise in his proposing to put Mary away

stup of his Children, through the precious Death and privately, lest if that mould be true which Ihe alledged,

Merits of his Son Jesus Christ: who thereby purchased he mould be a means, of bringing punishment upon an

for us a title to the glories of a bleised Immortality; if innocent Person.

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