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filthiness, and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the ingrafted word, which is able to fave your fouls.
The Gospel. S. John 16. 5. Esus said unto his disciples, Now I go my way to him that fent
me, and none of you asketh me, Whither goeft thou? But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart. Nevertheless, I tell you the truth, it is expedient for away: for if I go not away, * the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, the will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin; because they believe not on me: Of righteousness; becaufe I go to my Father, and ye fee me no more: of judyment; because the prince of this world is judged. I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit
, when he, the Spirit of truth is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that fhall he fpeak; and he will shew you things to come. He fhall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you, All things that the Father hath, are mine: therefore faid 1, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
The fifth Sunday after Easter.
humble servants, that by thy holy inspiration we may think those things that be good, and by thy merciful guiding may perform the fame, through our Lord Jesus Chrift. Amen.
* The Comforter. The Holy Spirit is here called + He will reprove the World of Sin, &c This the Advocate or Comforter, and he did the part of an fignified, that he would comsince the World of its Site Advocate, in respect of Christ and his Gospel, by convinc. in not believingon Chrift, by the wonderful gifts which ing the World of its Sin in rejecting him by confirm- he would be tow on Believers of Christ's Righteous ing the Apostles Testimony of him by Signs and Won- ness, by demonftrating that he was afcended to God, to ders--and by pleading their caufe before Kings and whom he could not have ascended, if he had been an Rulers. He did the part of a Comforter, by consoling Impostor--and lastly of Christ's power to execute Judg: and supporting the Apostles and Believers, in all their ment upon his Enemies, by the dominion which he would troubles; filling their Hearts with joy and gladness. exercise over evil Spixits.
The Epistle. S. James 1. 22. E 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 şthe perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein'; he being not a forgetful hearer, büt a 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; Ask, 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 Thew 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 plainly, and fpeakest no proverb. Now are we
Paraphrase on the Colle&t for the fifth Sunday after Eafer. O God, the giver of all good Things, we, thy Ser- good desires, and by thy merciful affiftance enable us to vants, humbly beseech thee to inspire into our Minds perfect them through Jesus Christ.
For of any be a bearer of the Word, &c. That is, called a Lazu of Liberty, because it frees us from the hearing will be of no service to us without doing. bondage of the Law of Meses, from the guilt, and puFor, as a Man who in a Glass fees fpots in his face, nishment, and dominion of Sin; and treats us as Freem but takes no care to wipe them off;fo is he whom the men and Sons, rather than Servants. Word hath Thewed to himself, if he does not correct !! Pure Religion and undefiled, &c. That Religion, those Faults, which are thus represented this view. which does not only appear fair to Men, but is accep.
The perfua 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 camelt fogth from God. Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe? Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: * and yet I am 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 tbe of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
believe thy only begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into the heavens;, so we may also in heart and mind thither ascend, and with him continually dwell, who liveth and reigneth with thee, and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Annen.
For the Epistle. Acts. 1. I. # THE former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that
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. Most 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 dur Affections on things above, and God, to all Eternity. so 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 yę my Difci- Life, his precious Death and by the powerful aisistances v ples will desert me: yet I fall not be forsaken, for of his Grace, enabling all the faithful to conquer their « God will stand by me, and assist my Truth and In- irregular Pallions and Defires. So that we have rea".nocence."-This also is the comfort of every sincere son to be of good cheer on account of his glorious exa 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 the Lord of Hofts is ftill with him, the - I The 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 Ats of the Apostles. Por which, indeed, he was † Be of good cheer I have evercome the World. Chrik well qualified, on account of his being the Color hath overcome the Wickedaess, the Malice, the Temp. panion of St. Paul'in his Travels.
also he thiewed himself alive after his passion, by many infallible proofs, being feen of them forty days and speaking of the. things pertaining to the kingdoni of God: and being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart froni Jerusalemn, 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 hence. When they therefore were conie together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, twilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to: Israel? And he said unto them, 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 untò the uttermost part of the earth. And when he had spoken thefe things, while they beheld, he was taken
up, and a cloud teceived 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 up from you into heaven, Ishall sa come in like nianner, as ye have seen him go into heaven.
The Gospel. S. Mark 16. 14.
braided them with their unbelief and hardnefs of heart, be.
But we fall be baptized with the Holy Ghoff net carnal notions of their Master's Kingdom-till supnany Days, Ge. This happened about ten Days after posed that he would take upon him the authority of at the Feast of Pentecoft. And the Holy Spirit was thus a temporal Prince; and now avenge himself upon his given to the Apotiles, to render them powerful Wit- Adverfaries for their late cruelties towards him. Nor nesses of our Lord's Resurrection—to qualify them to were thefe talse notions fully rectified till the Holy Spirit give an exact account, as far as divine Wifdom saw it by its miraculous defcenc guided the Apostles into all necessary, of what our Saviour did and taught-arid Truth. that they might be enabled to acquaint all Christians Shall so come in like manner, &c. As he was taken with all fuchTruths as were neceffary to Salvation ; up into Heaven in a bright lining Cloud, attended and to declare unto them by the Spirit of prophecy what by Angels-fo we are told that he hall come again at hould be hereafter.
the last Day with his mighty Angels in a flame of Fire; * Wile sbou as this time refore, 8: I is plain and snatch the Righteous up into tie Clouds, 2 Thes, i, 2, from this pátłage that our Lord's Disciples had till 8. 1 Thèl iv. 16. 17.
cause they believed not them which had seen him after he was rifen. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature.: *He that believeth and is baptized, jhall be saved; but he that believeth not, shall be damned. "And these signs shall follow them that believe: in' my Name fhall they cast out devils, they fall speak with new tongues, they shall take up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the fick, and they shall recover. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, fand fat on the right hand of God. And they went forth and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. ti:
Sunday, after Afcenfon-day.
- The Collect.
. Son Jesus Christ with great triumph unto thy kingdom in heaven; We befeech thée, leave us not comfortless; but fend to us thine Holy Ghost to comfort us, and exalt us unto the same place whither our Saviour Christ is gone before, who liveth and reigneth with thee, and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. : Amen..'.
The Epiftle. I S. Pet. 4. 7.
, and watch unto prayer. And above all things have fervent
Paraphrafe on the Colleet for the Sunday after Afcenfion day.
, and hy Son Jesus Chrilt in Heaven, and rendered him vic- advance us to those 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 igrant us the thee and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever,
He ihat believeth and is baptized, &'c. That is, he + And sat on the right hand of God. This fignifies thac believeth in the Gospel and is baptized, shall, by that Christ, in his human nature, is exalted to the pol virtue of that Faith and Bap:ism, be put into a fiate feflion of all that glory and blics which he had with of Salvation; fo that if he continue in that Faith, and the Father before the World was: and that all power, is do not wilfully recede from his baptismal Covenant; given unto him in Heavcu and Earth. This conlidera the shall actually be saved. But he that perverfely and tion, as it ought to be a continual moțive to Christian contemptuously rejects the Gospel, even when he is con-obedience, and heavenly Mindedness; so it fords a vinced of its truth, and divine authority; he shall not powerful confolation under all worldly Afliétions : be. partake in the benefits of Chrift's Redemption-pall cause we know that our Lord is gone before 19 pre 4r2 tot fee La-but the Wrail of God abideth on him. John place for us; that where bene we may be abre 13..?