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went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed os 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;
drink with him after he rose from the dead. 'And he commanded us to preach uhtd the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to^b^he1 Judge of quick and dead. To him give all the prophets witness, that through his Name whosoever beiieveth in him, mall receive remission of sins. While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them who heard the word
ceived the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to 1^6 baptrzed in the name of the Lord. Then, prayed they him to tany certain days. ,
The Gospel. S. John *6.
GOD so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, . that whosoever believeth in him, mould not perish, but have everlasting fife. For God sent not his. Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him, is not condemned: but he that believeth not, is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the Name os the only begotten Son os God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light,, because their deeds were evil. *For every one ..
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t Can am Mun strbid Wai^r, £sV. Theft: Words only declares that it ought to be administered to their cofyaisl a j>jain and convincing demonstration of tho EetJoM who had received the Baptism pij the Sf.-rit; % Sscsttty « Water BagtHru; suice the Apostle !u;re not but commanded them ta.be baptized aojAwatecun:.
that doeth evil,, hatetlv the light neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth, cometh to the ligh*-, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. - '»
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GOD, who, as at this time didst teach the hearts of thy faithful people,, by the fending to them the light of thy holy Spirit; Grant us by the fame Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort, through the merits of Christ Jefu our Saviour, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the fame Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen. ".. . .
For the Epistle. Acts 8. 14. . . r\ • , . 'HEN die Apostles who were at Jerusalem, heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and Johnj who, when they were come down,, prayed for them, that they might -receive the Holy Ghost. (For as yet he was, fallen upon hone of them: only they were baptized in the NamQ bf the- Lord Jesus) Then laid they their hands on them, + and thejc received the Holy Ghost. ^,» * P • .*> ^ ' ■ *
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VErijy, verily I fay unto you, He that entereth not by thd door into the sheep-fold, but climbeth. up some other w;
she fame is a thief and a robber. But,he that entereth in by the
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O God, who, as at this season, didst enlighten the nua| joy ^nd consolation; irnder all obr. Afflictions,' Minds of th.e first Christians by the wonderful descent through, the Merits of thy ,Son our -Saviour, who of the Holy Spirit upon them: Grant us, by the fame reigneth with thee- and ihe fame Spirit,- one God, for Spi"1' a c'ear t iscernment of our duty, and a conti- ever and ever. • .
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* Par, e-vey cue that acetb e<vtl, tsV. Wicked Men wrought in the fear, and-according to the. will of GocU who cleave to their Sins because cf the present plea-' t dnd they reeei<vt4 the Htly GhcjK • That <rs; such At sure they find in them, cannot endure true Doctrine, • the Holy Ghost had pointed out to be ordained Mir.ii
because it siiew« their actions in a proper l ghr, oon- ten, or to do Jacred Offices in the assemblies. Upon"
demns them and raises qualms of Conscience that are ihejr,- by the hying on of the Apostles" Haa3s,'wefe con
extremely painful and not easily to be quieted. But ferred the extraordinary gifts of the Hoi)-Spirit, such
every good Man desires, and rejoices in the Knowledge as speaking in various Languages, and Prophecying,.
of his duty: because it sliews him that his deeds are Sec chap. xix. '7.- 1 '1 ■ ■ * • **" * fc » "~ door, is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice s and 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, Ve-. rily, verily I fay unto you, I am the door of the sheep. * All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers; but the stieep 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 that they might have it more abundantly.
: • * • •"■ Trinity Sunday* \ . The ColleEl.
ALmighty and everlasting God, who has given unto Us thy servants 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 stedsast in this faith, and evermore defend us from all adversities, who livest and reignest one God, world without end; A?nen* , ■ • ' - - *_"
Paraph rase" on the Colbfl for Trinity Sunday.. O most mighty and' eternal God, who hail taught worship one God; we beseech thee to keep rs.firm ire 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 liv.est and xeigneil one God for ever and ever, and Holy Spirit, and in the power of thy Majesty to,
t And be callelb bis ozvn Sbecp by Name, caV. This ing it because it may be disagreeable to their inclina/.
is in allusion to the customs of Judea, where Shepherds fions. 1
had Names for their Sheep, who answered to them as * All that ever came before me, tSt. 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 Irad them, ers 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
K en are obedient to the instructions of good and faith- they pretend to instru$V and 10 promote their own.
fit Teaxhers, who shew them their Duty both by pre- worldly interest at the exgeace of Mens SouLj* crpt and example with great plainness-; not conceal- •
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AFter this I looked, and behold, a door was opened in heaven t 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 shew* thee things which must be hereafter. And immediately I was (ill the Spirit; and behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one fat on the throne, *and he that fat, 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 feats I saw |four and twenty elders sitting, 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 seven lamps of sire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. And before the throne there was -fa sea os glass like unto crystal: 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 man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. And the four beasts had each of them §six 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 fat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, the four
• And be that sat, ivas, to Lok upon, \jc. As the four Beafis, or living Creatures ligruly tour Apoltks,
Peison on the Throne here represents God the Fa- and that al! the People should be gathered under th'it
ther; to these appeerancts denote his power, and justice, Ensign by the profession of the Gospel. Ar.d these
and Mercy, and the faithfulness ot his Covenant to being full ef Eyes intimate that the Persons signified
Mankind. by them were endued with the gift of Prophecy, and
J Four and tuentt Elders, lie. These represent ail manner of necessary gifts and illuminations of the
the Elders or Bishops of the Churches about Jerusalem, Spirit.
fitting with tl e B shops of that City in Council' $ Six Wings about him. These denote their zeal
|| Lightnings and 7bunder:ngs,i5c. These import the and readiness to propogate the Gospel; and the nuni
threatnings ot God's fierce anger and vengeance against ber of their Eves denotes their perfect knowledge of
the Jews. the Types and Prophecies of the old Testament; and
,f A Sea of Glass, He. tsse. This denotes the Peo their foreknowledge ot momentous events under die
pie of Israel, as the Glass d-.es their Actions and Con- New: and they cease not continually to givepraise to
sciences clearly seen thiough by this gieat Judge. The God. 1
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 glor/j,.and honour, and power; for thou hast created all things, and for tlw pleasures they a,re, and were created; t ••*.!»
. i.7: ' ■ ^be Gospel. S. John 3. i. 1
lHere was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. The fame *came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from Godr for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with. him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily I fay unto thee % Except a man be born again, he cannot fee the kingdom- of God. Nicodemus faith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mothers womb;, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily I fay 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 stem, is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit, is spirit. Marvel not that I laid unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it ;list«th, and thou nearest the found thereof; but canst not tell whence Jt cbmeth, and whither it goeth; io is every one that is born of the Spirit. Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How cant;JCh4se things be? Jesus answered and said unto him j Art thou a master os 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 L have told you earthly
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• Came to Jesus by Nigkt.' He came to Jesus pri- Promises of the Gcff'l. The being lorn again was a vately tor 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 Pro'elyre into their Chtrrch was
"a Man be lorn again, tzfc. That is, unless- looked on by them a? a second Birth to him: a<: Ms
1 Parents and Relations were looked upon as no such: and the Proselyte himself was thought