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be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you *the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day; and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breast-plate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of fcace, above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith
shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and fupplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance, and fupplication for all faints; and for me, that utterance may be given. unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the Gospel; for which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein 1 inay speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
The Gospel. S. John 4. 46. HERE was a certain nobleman, whose fon was fick at Cam pernaum.
When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judea into Galilee, he went unto him, and befought him, that he would come down and heal his fon; for he was at the point of death. Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye fee figns and wonders, ye will not believe. The nobleman faith unto him, Sir, coine down ere my child die. Jesus faith unto him, Go thy way, thy fon liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way. And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth. Then
• The whole Armour of God. It is so styled, not invulnerable in the Day of Battel. only on account of the service it does in promoting I Except ye fee Signs and Wonder, Ed. It seems. godliness, but because it is entirely form’d and furnilhed the Nobleman thought it necessary that Jelus should by God. The Truth and the Righteousness, the Peace be personally present, if he haul a mind to perform the and the Faith, the Saluation and the Word are his Gifts. Cure Therefore to reprove the weakness of his Faitha And thus the moral of the Heathen Poets' Fictions of Jesus said to him, Except ye fee the signs and Wonder the old is unquestionably just; that no Armour, except will y not believe? lo the sentence may be tranllarede chat of divine Original, is so tempered as to render us.
enquired he of them the hour when he began to amend: and they
continual godliness, that through thý protection it may be free from all adversities, and devoutly given to serve thee in good works, to the glory of thy Name, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
The Epistle. Phil. 1. 3. Thank my God upon every remembrance of you (always in
every prayer of mine for you all, making request with joy) for your fellowship in the Gospel from the first day until now; s being confident of this very thing, that he who hath begun a good work in you, will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ; even as it is meet for me to think this of you áll, because I have
you heart, inasmuch as both in my bonds and in the defence, and confirmation of the Gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace. For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jefus Christ. And this
abound yet more and more in knowledge, and in all judgment: That ye may approve
2 Paraphrase on the Colled for the twenty fecond Sunday after Trinity. - Lord, we intreat thee, to preserve the universal Calamities, and piously difpoled to obey thee in all Church of Christ in the continual practise of pure Re- Holiness, through Jesus Christ our Lord. ligion, that by thy Providence it maybe fecure from all
Being confident of this very Tbing, &c. The to work out their Salvation with fear and trembling Apolle does not speak this out of any opinion of the chap. ii. 12. See also chap. iv. 1. and chap. ii 16. Tele&tion of the Philippians to eternal Life, or of the -He says this therefore from a judgment of Charity, * certainty of their perseverance unto the end by virtue conjecturing, from what was pait, what they would be of tfiat election. v' For why then doth he exhort them for the future.
things that are excellent, that ye may be sincere, and without offence till the day of Christ : being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
The Gospel. S. Matth. 18. 21. Eter said unto Jefus, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me,
and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto hin, I say not unto thee, Until seven times; but until feventy times fe.
+ Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king who would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, who owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow-fervants who owed him an hundred pence; and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fel low servant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not; but went and cast hiin into prison, till he should pay the debt. So when his fellow-servants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then bis lord after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked fer. vant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow-servant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So
1 Therefore is the Kingdom of Heaven, &c. This divine Mercy, who, tho' they are guilty of many griev. Parable may be considered as an explanation of the fifth ous Offences against God, yet are implacable to their petition of the Lord's Prayer; and is designed to over- Fellow Creatures, and will not forgi ve them the smaller turn: all the arguments whereby evil Minds justify Injuries, though they are truly forry for them Revenge ; by bewing how woworthy those are of the
Phil. 3. 17
likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye froin your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
The twenty third Sunday after Trinity.
godlinefs; Be ready, we beseech thee; to hear the devout prayers of thy Church; and grant that thofe things which we alk faithfully, we may obtain effectually, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen,
The Epistle. Rethren, be followers together of me, and mark them who
walk fo, as ye have us for an ensample. (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Chrift; whose end is defruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory' is in their shame, who mind earthly things) * for our conversation is in heaw' ven, from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ; who Thall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
The Gospel. S. Matth. 22. 15.
entangle him in his talk. And they sent out unto him their disciples, with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that (thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither careft . thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men. Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto
Paraphrase on the Colles for the twenty third Sunday after Trinity. TO God, our defence and support, from whofe fincere Chriftians; and fully perform such requefts as Grace we derive all that is good in us; graciously at
in Faith, and according to thy Will, for send, webeseech thee, to the humble petitions of all the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.
For our Conversation is in Heaven, &c. That is, - good reason fince their Saviour, who is already there, el good Christians conf.der that they are Citizens and is assuredly expected by them, to come, and transform friemen not of an earthly City, but of Heaven; that these frail and mortal Bodies into the likeness of his their main interest lies there ; and therefore they live own glorified Body. 4 Men whore Minds are already there; and with
Cesar, or not? But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? They say unto him, Cesars. Then faith he unto them, IRender therefore unto Cesar, the things which are Cesars; and unto God, the things that are Gods. When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went The twenty fourth Sunday after. Trinity.
ces; that through thy bountiful goodness we may all be delivered from the bands of those fins which by our frailty we have committed. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Chrifts sake, our blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen.
The Epistle. Col. 1. 3.
, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the faints; for the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the Gospel ; which is come unto you, as it is in all the world, and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, fince the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth. As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ; who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit. For this cause, we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will, in all
Paraphrafe on the Colleet for the twenty fourth Sunday after Trinity. O Lord, we intreat thee to pardon our Sins; that nefs we are exposed: Grant this O Father of Heaven, through thy abundant Mercy we may be released from for the fake of Jesus Christ our Redeemer and Intero the bondage of Iniquity to which through human weak- ceffor.
1 Render therefore unto Cæfar, &c. Thus Jesus clear. terfere in the leaft, becaufe Magiftrates are God's ly confuted them on their own principles, and shewed Deputies, and rule by bis authority. that the rights of God and the Magiftratc do not in