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door, is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice tand he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him; for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not' follow; but will flee from him; for they know not the voice of strangers. This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them. Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. *All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers; but the sheep did not hear them. : I am the door; by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not but for to steal, and to kill and to destroy: I am come, that they might have life, and thať they might have it more abundantly. i
C . The Collect. A Lmighty and everlasting God, who has given unto us thy A fervants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, in the power of the divine Majesty to worship the unity; We beseech thee, that thou wouldest keep us stedfaft in this faith, and evermore defend us from all adversities, who liveft and reignest one God, world without end. Amen. , i . ..
Paraphrafe on the Collea for Trinity Sunday.
- most mighty and eternal God, who hait taught - worship one God; we beseech thee to keep rs firm ini us thy Servants, according to the profession of a right this belief and continually to preserve us from all evil, Faith to acknowledge the Divinity of the Father, Son, who livest and reigneft one God for ever and ever. . and Holy Spirit, and in the power of thy Majesty' to
t And be calleth bis own Sheep by Name, &c. This ing it because it may be disagreeable to their inclina. is in allusion to the customs of Judea, where Shepherds cions." had Names for their Sheep, who 'antwered to them as All that ever came before me, &c. That is, a'l those Dogs and Horses do with us, following to the Pastures, who in former times assumed the character of Teach.. and wherever their Shepherds thought fit to lead them. ess of Religion, without commission from me are im. The moral meaning of this circumstance is, that good postors, whose only design is to fleece the People whom Men are obedient to the instructions of good and faith, They, pretend to instruct, and to promote their own fol Teachers, who sew them their Duty both by pre- worldly interest at the expence of Mens Soulsa crpt and example with great plainnels; not conceale
. :For the Epistle. Rev. 4. I. ...in Litur, A Fter this I looked, and behold, a door was opened in heaven : A and the first voice which I heard, was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will fhewi thee things which must be hereafter. And immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one fat on the throne, *and he that sat, was to look upon, like a jasper, and a sardine stone; and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. And round about the throne were. four and twenty feats; and upon the seats I saw I four and twenty elders fitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. And out of the throne proceeded lightnings, and thunderings, and voices. And there were feven lamps. of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. And before the throne there was ta sea of glass like unto cryftal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a nian, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. And the four beasts had each of them f lix: wings about him, and they were full of eyes within, and they rest not day and night, faying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come. And when those beasts give glory, and honour, and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, the four and twenty elders fall down before him that fat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory, and honour, and power; for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are, and were created just üns. ..!
And be that fat, vas, to book upon, &c. As the four Beasts, or living Creatures tignity tour Apoitk s, Person on the Throne here represents God the Fa- and that all the people should be gathered under th-ir ther; fo these appearances denote his power, and justice, Ensign by the profession of the Gospel. And these and Mercy, and the faithfulness of his Covenant to being full of Eyes intimate that the Persons fignified Mankind.
by them were endued with the gift of Prophecy, and I Four and frienty Elders, &c. These represent al manner of necessary gifts and illuminations of the the Elders or Bishops of the Churches about Jerusalem, Spirit. fitting with the B heps of that City in Council. $ Six Wings about him. These denote their zeal
| Lightnings and 7 kunderings, &c. These import the and readiness to propogate the Gospel; and the nuni: threatnings of God's fierce anger and vengeance againit ber of their Eves denotes their perfet knowledge of the Jews.
the Types and Prophecies of the old Teftament, and • t A Sea of Glass, &c. &c. This denotes the Peo their foreknowledge of moinentous events under the dle of Ifrael, as the Glass dies their Actions and Con- New; and they cease not continually to give praise to Sciences clearly seen through by this great Judge. The God.
USE The Gospel. S. John 3. 1. . .. i. THere was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruI ler of the Jews.' The same * came to Jesus by night, and faid unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a' teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doelt, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily I say unto thee Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus faith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the fecond time into his mothers womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water, and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh, is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit, is fpirit. Marvel not that I faid unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it :lifteth, and thou hearest the found thereof; but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth; fo is every one that is born of the Spirit.. Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? Jesus aaswered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? Verily, verily I fay unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen, and ye receive not our witness. If I have told you earthly
• Came to Jesus by Nigbe. He came to Jesus pri- Promises of the Gofpol. The being born again was a vately for fear of his Brethren of the Council, who form not altogether unknown to the jews; because were generally Christ's Enemies,
the admission of a Profelyte into their Church was i Excipt a Man be born agairi, &c. That is, unless looked on by them as a second Birth to him: as his 'i Man be rifornied from all Iniquity, in his Mind, natural Parents and Relations were looked upon as no Will, and Affections, by the ope atwn of the Holy Spie longer such: and the Profely te himself was thought it, and fo become as it were, a new Creature, he cannot to have received a new Soul by the change of his kebe Heat Christian, nor partake in the Bleflings and igior.
things, and ye believe not; how shall ye believe if I tell you of heavenly things ? *and no man hat's ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from lieaven, even the Son of man who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the ferpent in the wilderness: even fo mult the Son of man be lifted up; that whosoever believeth in bim, should not perish, but have, eternal life.
The first Sunday after Trinity.
i The Colleft. . : n God, the strength of all them that put their trust in thee;
Mercifully accept our prayers: and because through the weakness of our mortal nature we can do no good thing without thee, grant us the help of thy grace, that in keeping thy commandments we may please thee, both in will and deed, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. I S. John 4. 7. DEloved, let us love one another; for love is of God, and every D one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not, knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God towards us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath feen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwel
Paraphrase on the Collect for the first Sunday after Trinity. O God, who art the defender and support of all that enable us by thy Grace so faithfully to obey thy precepts rely upon thee; lend a merciful Ear to our petitions ; that both our actions and intentions may find favour in and tecause through our natural weakness, we are not thy fight, through Jesus Christ our Lord. able, without thy alliftance, to serve thee acceptably;
* And no Man hash afcend d into Heaven, &c. Nei- proper way to express our grateful fenfe of God's Love ther Mofes norany Prophets afcended in!o Flea-ven to towards us is to love one another; and in imitation of receive their commiilion and instruction from thence: that pattern to extend our Love even to those who do but Jesus Christ came down from Heaven and therefore not deserve it of us. The reason of this is plain, bemust have been intimately acquainted with the Coun. cause God is not in the compass of our good offices; çels of the Father. Nay he was at that very time in and therefore the only method left us of thewing our Heaven, even whilft he was upon Earth; and therefore Love to him whom we cannot vifibly converse with, must have been a messenger of much higher dignity nor bring any benefit to, is to love thoie with whom we than any that came before him.
do converse, and who may be the better for us. This I Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought, &c. The is in effect to do as he did.
leth in us, and his love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he liath given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify, that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confefs that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwellcth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God liath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God; and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect that we may have boldness in the day of judgment, because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love castcth out fear; because fear. hath torment: He that feareth, is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, that he who loveth God, love his brother also.
The Gospel. S. Luke 16. 19. . Here was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple, and I fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day. And there was a certain beggar nained Lazarus, who was laid at his gate full of fores; and defiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich mans table: moreover, the dogs came and licked his fores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abrahams bofom: the rich man also died, and was buried. And in hell he lift up his eyes being in torments, and feeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried, and faid, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lizarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue, for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember, A a 2 . : i
* + But Abrahan, jaid, Sun, remember, &c. This and worldly Blesings which providence has bestowed parable teaches usthat Men shall be punished hereafter upon them. And on the other hand if caffords como t no: merely for the grosser Crimes of Murder, Adultery, and encouragement to all whose circumstances are ftratt Injustice, Oppreffion, or Lying:* but likewise for their and low in the World. If their poverty be sustained Luxury and Extiavagance, and abuse of the Riches with patience, contentment and trust ... Gud; if they