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and they shall call his Name Emmanuel, which being interpreted, is, God with us.) "jThen" Joseph: being raised from fleepA did as the angel of the Lord had bidden hpn, and tobk unto hiijv&is wife: andN knew rier not till she hatl* brought fo'fth rier fitst-Boph Son; § and he called his Name J E S US, '■'
MI The circumcision of' Christ. ,
AL'mighty God,, who madeft thy blessed Son to be circumcised, and obedient to the law for man; Grant us the true circumcifi.on.of the Spirit, that our hearts and all our members being mortified from all worldly aptl carnal lusts, we may in all things obey thy blessed will, through the same thy Son. Jcfus Christ; our Lord. Amen.
'f The Epistle. Rom. 4. 8. .
BLeffed is' the man1 to whom the Lord _wiH'!rrolt fijjipute'jSn'. Cdmeth this blefledriefs then upon the circumcision ]only, or upon the uncircumcisioii also? For we fay, that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in unqircumcision? not in. circumcision, but in uncitcumcision. And he* received the sign df circumcision, a" seal os the righteousness bs the faith, whrcli tie had yet being uncircumcised; that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised'; that righteousness
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Paraphrase on the Ccllcil for the Circumcision. Most mighty God; who, for our fakes,,didst cause', ordinal deiires and affections being fully subdued. we thy Son to undergo the.painful rite of Circumcision^ may give,up ourselves to thy service in all holy Obegr'ant us to be so spiritually Circumcised, that our in- dience, through the same Jefos Christ. •; ■ ■ ■ ■
§ And he called his Name Jests, idc. Jesus is that he only is properly to be called a Jciv, tvho is one the fame wi,h jolhuah in the Old Testament, and fig- iniuardly, and that the true Circumcision is that of the nifies a Saviour. And as that Jewish Le?.dcr conduct- Heart, in the Spirit and not in the Letter: so Baptism ed th«Israelitesinto the earthly Canaan, so, by thehelp will then alone be effectual to Salvation when it is soland*, direction of the Captain of our Salvation, weare lowed by a Death unto Sin, and a new Birth unto Righled'throuffh the Wilderness of this World to theHea- teoufnefs, for as the fame Apostle observes To are buried venly C anaan, the Regions oi Bliss'and Immortality. 'Kvith Christ by Baptijm into Death, that tike as Chriti
|| A? Circumcision was an outward distinguishing *was raised up front the Dead ly the gltiy of the father.
Bad? .- of Judaism, so is Baptism an outward visible sign even so cr# also Jkculd wait in ntvcnejs of LifeS Rom.
of our Christian profession. But as St. Paul assures us vi.4. ■» . ■
might be imputed unto themalso. And the^sather of circum-' cilion to them who are not os the circumcision only, but also walk in the steps of that faith of our-father Abraham, f which he, had being yet uncircumcised. Eor the promise that'he fhcAir^bj^ the heir os the world, was not to Abraham, or to his' feed, through the law but through the righteousness of faith. For if they.;which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, .and the promise made of noiie-effesct.; Y V:- ,1 1 /.-It MO^TJ
- 7%e Gqspel -S.i.. Luke a.r 15.";; (:;.:! > *\
AN D it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to .another, Let u$ now go even unto Bethlehem, and: see this thing wjjich is, come to pass, which the Lord hath made kno^n.unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, f and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. % But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen,.as it was told unto them. §; And when eijght'days wer6 aceppaplimj??} for the circumcising qf she cjiild,; his name, ;was; called J^ SjU S, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb. Tbe same ColleB, Epis/e, and Gospel shall serve forevery dayaster; unto the Epiphany. . ".-;;
jtud the Father «f Circumcision, &c. As it "was through JeftirCttrittr'
and not Circumcision, that rendered Abraham" J But Mary hit all theje Things, \£-c.\ Who can suf♦cceptable to God; so it is by Faith, without Circum- " ficierrtry admire trie modesty and humility of 'the Nested cision, that we Gentiles are admitted to partake in the Virgin on this occasion, instead of'being highly puffed Blct! ngs of a Redeemer. up with the extraordinary dignity conferred upon her;
■f And the Babe lying in a Manger. Behold of how infiead of boasting to the Shepherds of the greatness little <
in God's sight is- all human pomp and of her Family and descent—She-on- the contrary
•! since his only Son, the King of Glory, was heard their News with lowly a tention and'meditated
up, at his Birth, with such lowly ac- uporf it with sirertt admiration. '•tl '•• . ' '..
._ 1—Let us hence learn that true greatness § J/tdivhen right Days; -&c. Jesos fobiriitteu to the
it only to be estimated by real goodness .'j and that Hu rite of Circumcision, that he miivht- fulfil "the Law, and and Holiness, in the lowest condition Of Life, (hew his approbation of it, till the bringing-in of a bets' recommend us to the favour of God, ter dispensation. • -«••■* J ■»»,,*---.5-: .
% The Epiphany t or the Manisefiation of Christ to the Gentiles. ; t = The ColleB
OGod, who by the leading of a star didst manifest thy only begotten Son to the Gentiles; Mercifully grant, that we, which know thee now by faith, may after this life have the fruition of thy glorious Godhead, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. Ephef. 3. 1.
FO R this cause, I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles ; if :ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God, which is given me to you-ward: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery (as I wrote afore in few words, whereby when ye read ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy Apostles and Prophets by the Spirit. * That the Gentiles should be fellow-heirs, and of the fame body, and partakers of his promise in Christ, by the Gospel: whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; and to make all men fee what is the fellow ship of the mystery, which
Paraphrase on the Colltcl for the Epiphany. O God, who by the direction of a Star, did.lt dis- of thy Revelation, may aster this Life enjoy the percovcr thy Son Jesus Christ to the Eastern Philosophers, sect Happiness of thy immediate presence when we lhall «ho were the first Fruits of the Gentiles; grant that we fee thee as thou art and know thee as we are known v ho know thee now, tho imperfectly, through the glass th ojgh Jesui Christ.
X The Epiphany is a Festival in whkh we have pa - so Jhine before Men, that they feeing our good Works ma\ ticular reason to Rejoice, For to use St. Paul's cxpret- glorify our Father "which is in Heaven. fion, 1 t us remember that we being in Time pajt Gentiles in * That the Gentiles Jhould be FellowHtWs, tile. Obtht FUJh, were then without Chuft, being Aliens fom the serve here that it is not said that the Gentiles should be Commonwealth of J/r-el, andjlrangcrs from the Covenants admitted merely to tie fame privileges which the Jews tf Promije having no Hope, and vnthiut Gcd in the allowed to their Proselytes.: but that through their belief World: but novi in Christ Jesus, we v/bo fimetimes were of the Gospel they should be equally Heirs with the/n far off, are made nigh by the Blood of Chr.st. The Wise- of the same heavenly Inheritance, Member* with them men were conducted to Christ by the leading os a Star, of the same Body, tf which. Christ is the Head, and how much rather should we come unto him who are partakers in all the benefits of Christian Revelation; under the guidance ot the marvellous L git of his Gof- without submitting to the ceremonies of the Law of pel! and how greatly does it become us wiet our Light M,ses> Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift.
from the beginning os the World hath been, hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the Church the manifold wisdom of God, according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord, f In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him." J! .' '/■'-> '->'■
T^he Gospel. S. Mattfo. 2. *.
WHEN Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came §wifemen from the east to Jerusalem, saving, where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to-worship him. * When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem os. Judea: for thus it is written by the prophet, And thou, Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor that shall rule my people Israel; Then' Herod, when he had privily called
la •wbtm <wt haw boldness, cjfr. How can wq siufi- sent to conduct them to the birth-place of the Mesiiah.
tiendy express our Thankfulness to God that he has And his being thus pleased to make this RcvelatiorRo
bcenpleased not only to deliver us from the darkness these] Gqntile Sages .seemed to fcgnisy his- .irttentior^fct
fFHeathen Ignorance; but' has permitte3 us to ip--- calling all Nations to the knowledge of-the Gofjfck
rroachthe Throne ofGrace with humble confidence that A Mercy sfor which weaisoiwho were once without
oar Prayers mall. .be, accepted through the Merits and Ligluycajj neyej! be sufficifqrjy.r thankful. , f iotercetton of our Redeemer. • . . * Whe^ Umi the King heard, 'd.c. ' T]hat PJerod
J Wij'rmtn. These Philosophers; in their own Coun- should be troubled en this occasion is hot so much to fie
try Language, were called Magi, and probably came wondered, at, as he had no legal Title to the Crown"'of
from' Arabia, which lies East from Judea. And as the Judea, and had acted with great Tyranny in his Govern
'rxbirms were the-Descendents oif Abraham by Ifh- ment; and might therefore he apt tp fear a Revolt
iae! they might have a. traditional Knowledgd of the of-the Jews in, favour pf- this long expected Meffiah:—
rromSsec Messiah, preferred amorig them, as is evident But the "Jews,, no doubt, felt very different "7 s •*■>-• j
srsnithc Words of the Arabian Prophet Balaam, There upon this News'; rffo* they \yej-e probably much agitbtra
^zSreme a Star cvt o/y^cilh, tfc. And as AstronomyWas with the joyful hopes' of deliverance frenn the dofninion
a Science probably much cultivated amongst the Ara- of tht JRomans, and of the1 happiness thty.'expected-tb
•iaas, as well-s the Chaldeans, so their Philosophers enjoy under the Reign of the Mcuiah, for lfttle didihey
'"We likely much sooner to discover, and judge os imagine that his Kingdom was not of this World; - . '* •ie design, of that new remarkable Star which God •"' * — •»*" the'wise-men j enquired or them diligently what time the star appeared. $ And he sent. them to Bethlehem, and said, G6r an*i search diligently for the young child, and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and .worship him also. When they had heard the king, they departed; and lo, the star which they saw, in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down and worshipped him: And when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts, gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. And being warned os God in.- a dream, that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
* The Jirfi Sunday after the Epiphany,
OLord, we beseech thee mercifully to receive the prayers of thy people which call upon thee, and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil the same, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. Rom. 12. I. . .
IBeseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, % that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto
Paraphrase on the Col/e<3 for the first SurJay after the Epiphany. OLord, graciously hear our humble petitions; and and diligently to perform it. Grant this we beseech enable us dearly to understand our duty, and sincerely thee for the sake of Jesus Christ.
X -And he sent them to Bethlehem. CSV. How deep * We are hereby taught to acknowledge that it is of
laid was the device of this Tyrant at once to impose God alone that we are enabled to understand and per
upon the simplicity of these Philosophers, and to dis- form our Duty.1
Cover the Habitation of the Prince of Life, and effect J That ye present, Ifc. God does not expect us, un
M> cruel designs against his life. But God, who bring- der the Gospel, to come before him with Sacrifices of
eth the Counsels of the wicked to nought, by a singular flain Beasts, but to dedicate our lives to his service in
Providence defeated his malicious purposes, and has all holy obedience; which is better than all whole
Jaught us by this example that no one can hurt whom Burnt Offerings—a Sacrifice most worthy of reasonable
he protects, and that therefore to secure his favour, is Beings, most to consult our own interest.