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of everlasting life; We humbly befcech thee, that as by thy special grice preventing as, thou dost put into our minds good desires, fo by thy continual help we may bring the fame to good effect, through Jefus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God world without end. Amen.

For the Epistle, Acts : 10. 34. Eter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that

God is no respecter of persons; but in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh rigliteousness, is accepted with him. The word which God fent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ, (he is Lord of all) that word, (Hsay) you know which was published throughout all Judea, and began from Galilée, after the baptism which John preached: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power, *who went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil: for God was with him. And we are witnesses of all things which he did, both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem, whom they few, and hanged on a tree: Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly; not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he arose from the dead.' And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he who was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. To-bim give all the prophets witness, that through his Name, whosoever believeth in him shall receive remiffion of fins,

The Gospet. S. Luke 24. 13.
Ehold, two of his disciples went that same day to a village

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Paraphrase on the Collea for Monday in Easter-Week. O all powerful God who through the Returrection inspires us may produce in us good Works, through of thy Son our Lord halt triumphed over Death, and the same thy Son Jesus Christ, who reigneth with thee Tiven us an Assurance of eternal life : grant, we beseech and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. thee, that those good difpofitions, with which thou

* Who went about doing good. The Life of Chrift beft Christian who is most actively employed in promowas not folitary, but social. And he çertainly is the ting the Welfare of his Fellow-Creatures.

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furlongs. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. And it came to pass, that while they communed together, and reasoned, Jefus himself drew near, and went with them! But their eyes were holden, that they should not know him. And be faid unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk and are sad? And the one of them; + whose name was Cleopas, answering, said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days? And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God, and all the people: And how the chief priests, and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have cruci+ fied him. ş But we trusted that it had been he who should have redeemed Ifrael: and beside all this to day is the third day since these things were done. Yea, and certain women also of our coin pany made us astonished, who were early at the sepulcher; and when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive. And certain of them who were with us, went to the sepulcher, and found it éven fo as the women had faid; but him they fów noti Then he faid unto them, *0 fools and flow of heart to believe all that the propliets have spoken! ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Mofes,

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But we trified, that it has been he, &c. Obferve mife of the Life that now is and if that rebich is to come: hereuhat carnal Notions.our Lord's Disciples had con- yet they who embrace Religion only for the sake, uring Christ's Redemption. They fu posing that worldly gain will never le truly religious as they ocht, it confited only in the Deliverance of the Jews from and have all the Reward they are to expect, the tyranny of the Romans, to whom they were then 01.cols. Hence observe that the Comii: tributary. I his-national prejudice however was hap-- Matt. v. 22. is not always transgressed by this expr. pily corrected by the descent of the Holy Spirit at the “fior, but only when it is used without caule, from un Feast of Penticost : But however excutable this igno- 'undue corrmotion of Spirit, or a Mind evil affected torance might be in our Lord's Disciples at that time, 'wards our Brorirer.

and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures, the things concerning himself. And they drew.nigh unto the village whither they went; And he made as though he would have gone further. But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us for it is towards evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them. And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to then. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him, and he vanished out of their sight. And they said one to another, +Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures ? And they rose up the fame hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon. And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread..

Tuesday in Easter-week.

The Colleet.
Lmighty God, who through thy only begotten Son Jesus

Christ, haft overcome death, and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life ; We humbly beseech thee, that as by thy fpecial grace preventing us, thou dost put into our minds good desires; to by thy continual help we may bring the same to good effect, through Jesus Christ our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen."; ?

For the Epiftle. Acts 13. 26. EN and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word

Paraphrase on the Collea for Tu fday in Easter Week. :. O molt mighty God, who through Jesus Christ hast things that be good, so by thy affiftance we may bring overcome the sharpness of Death, and opened the king forth the fruits of righteousness, through the fame thy dom of Heaven to all Believers : grant we beseech thee, Son, who reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one that as by thy Grace we are enabled to think those God for ever and ever.

7 Did nor our Heurt burn within us, &c. Which im- trine, which to them appeared to be a proof of his being plies that they were deeply affected with his discourse, the fame divine Teacher, as they had been wont to be before time, by his Doce

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of this salvation fent. For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers; because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets, which are read every fabbath-day, Ithey have fulfilled them in condemning him. And though they found no cause of death in him, yet defined they Pilate that he should be sain. And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a fepulcher. But God raised him from the dead: and he was seen many days of them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto

the people. And we declare unto you &glad tidings, how that the : promise which was made unto the fathers, God hath fulfilled the

same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again, as it is also written in the second Pfalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David. Wherefore he faith also in another Pfalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine holy One to fee corruption. For David after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on fleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and faw corruption. But he whom God raised again, faw no corruption: Be it known unto you therefore, men, and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: *and by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. Beware therefore, left that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets; Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which you shall in no wise believe, though a' man declare it unto you..

I They i ave fulfiled them condemning im. Who can Fudgments, and his Ways paft finding out! fufficiently admire the Wisdom and Goodness of God, 5 Glad Tidings. In this passage is well explained who in the work of our Redemption hath so amazing the meaning of the Word Gospel according to its origily brought Good out of Evil: and converted the mali- nal Signification. cious dehigns of the Jews into a means of promoting the Ånd by him all that believe are justified. &c. Thats, Salvation of Mankind! Well may we say with St. Paul, through the meritorious Death of Jesus Chrift, all who fo Rom. xi. 33. Orbe depth of the Riches borb of the Wil truly believe as to repent and for fake their Iniquities, dom and Knowledge of God! hozu unsearchable are his Thall be cleared and acquitted from the guilt and cinde

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The Gospel. S. Luke 24. 36. Elus himself stood in the midst of them, and faith unto theni,

Peace be unto you. But they were terrified: and affrighted, and supposed that they had feev a spirit. And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled, and why do thoughts arise in your heárts? Behold, my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me; and fee; for a spirit' liath not flesh and bones, as:ye see me have.com And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and this fect. And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? and they gave Irima piece of a broiled fish, and of an, honey-comb. z: And hen took: it and did eat before them.. Arid héj faid unto ihem, These are the words which I spake unto you, I while I' was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the law of Moses; and in the Prophets, and in the Plalms concerning me.' +Then opened he their understandingtthat they mighty understand the Scriptures, and said unto them,iIlus, it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead(the third day; and that repentance and remission of fins ishould be preached in his Name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And wye are witnesses of these things oudt voy 0:01

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Paraphrase on the Collect for the fu Surday after tafer fefus to die as a Sacrifice for our Sins, and to rise again bicarng from afi impure and corrupt inclination

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beforeill Paftorer; to we'alcó may deanfe cut that he might procure our Absolution by presenting we nay this Atonement before thee, as our Interceffor; grant, the Merits of the same thy Son Jesus Christ. that as the Jews diligently-eleanfed their Houtes from nuron if thote Sins, from which they could not have it is, than tho every Chriftian in the ftudy of the Scrips been exempted by the Law of Modesor, + Then opened be their Underfionaings, &c. It is one

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which God has endowed him, and of thofe other helps thing to open or explain the Scriptures , and another, which Learning and Science will afford him ; yet he to open their Understandings to receive ihem Christ mould not neglect also 10 pray wijh Devid, Open and did the latter, probably by giving them now fome Fit Eyes, O Lord, that I way jue ibe v.ondrous things of ing fruits of that Spirit of Prophecy, which fell n ore plen- Law. titully upon them at the D..y of Penticoft. And certain

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