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and heirs of eternal life; Grant us, we beseech thee, that having this hope, we may purify ourselves, even as he is pure; that when he shall appear again with power and great glory, we may be made like unto him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where with thee, O Father, and thee, O Holy Ghost, he liveth and reigneth ever one God, world without end. Amen.

. : The Epistle. 1 S. John 3. 1. D Ehold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon

D us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the fons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know, that when he shall appear, * we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him, purifieth himself, even as he is pure. Whosoever committeth fin, transgresseth also the law : for sin is the transgression of the law. And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no fin. + Whosoever abideth in him, sinneth not : whosoever sinneth, hath not seen him, neither known him. Little children, let no man deceive you; he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil: for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the son of God was manifested that he might destroy the works of the devil.

The Gospel. S. Matth. 24. 23.

Paraphrase on the Colleet for the fixth Sunday after the Epiphany. O God, whose Son Jesus Chrift came into the World, Holiness of Life; that when he Thall make his second to overcome Satan, by destroying his wicked Works, . appearance in Glory to judge the quick and dead, we and to procure for us the glorious Privileges of the Sons may be made like him in Happiness and Immortality of God and Heirs of Salvation ; teach us, therefore, in Heaven, where he reigneth with thee O Father and who have this Hope to become like that Saviour here in thee Holy Ghost, one God thro' all Eternity.

* We fall be like him, for we fall see him, Ec Thatry which he had with the Father, before the World is, we fall be like Chrift, for he Thali change our was. vile Body into the likeness of his glorious Body; and t Whofoever abideth in bim finnerh not. That is, who we fall fee bim as be is : not in the lowly Condi- foever is a scal Christian doth not allow himself in the tion in which he appeared upon Earth, but in the Glo. practice of any known Sin,

Hen if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or

there; believe it not. * For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; infomuch that (if it were possible) they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before: Wherefore, if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert, go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers, believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west: lo shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. Immediately after the tribulation of those days, || shall the sun bę darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken. And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven : and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great found of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. + The Sunday. called Septuagefima, or the third Sunday before Lenti ! ! ..

The Collect. iv...lici , i Lord, we beseech thee favourably to hear the prayers of U thy people, that we who are justly punished for our offen

* For there sball arise false Chrifts, &c. As the Gof the Eastern Language, to the Sun, Moon and Stars.. pel from whence this is taken is part of our Saviour's, And be ball fend bis Angels, Sc. i. e. when Jeru, Prophecy concerning the destruction of Jerusalem, so salem Thall be deftroyed, Chriil will send f rth his the false Chrifts and false Prophets here spoken of re- Ministers to preach, and convert great numbers to the late to what is told us by the Historian Jolepbus, (viz.) Faith, through all parts of the World " that many Impostors and Magicians persuaded the - † Septuagelima Sunday is so called, because (reckon * People to follow them into the Desart, where they ing from the beginning of the Week before it) it is “ promised to shew them manifeft Signs and Wonders seventy days before Eaffer. Then it was that some of done by God"--as also to what is related of Simon Ma- the primitive Christians were ufed ta begin their forty gas, Aếts viii. 9. 10. that be bewitched the Samaritans Days Abstinence of Lent, omitting on this occasion To with bis Sorceries, that they all gave heed to bem from Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. 'Thursdays bethe least to the greateft, Jaying this Man is ebe great power cause of the Lord s Supper, and Afcenfion, on that of God.

Day: Saturdays, becaule thereon our Saviour retted # The Sun shall be darkened, &c. By this is meant in the Grave, in Token of our future Rest; and Sundays that the Ecclesiastical and Civil State of the Jews because of his Resurrection on that Day."'? Thould be deftroyed, which are compared, according to

ces, may be inercifully delivered by thy goodness, for the glory of thy -Name, through Jesus Christ our Saviour, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost,' ever one God, world withoût end. Amen. in L atin ""; :.; és, i

C .: The Epiftle. I Cor. 9. 24. V Now ye not, that they which run in a race, run all, but one

A receiveth the prize ? So run that ye may obtaini : $ And every man that ftiiveth for the mastery is temperate in all things: now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible... I therefore fo run, not as uncertainly; fo fight I, not as one that beateth the air: but Į keep under my body, and bring it into fubjection, left that by any means when : I have preached to lothers, I myself-should be a cast-away.' 1 ? ... ... : 67: The Golbel. 8. Matth. Oo. f. *THE kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an hour.

u i holder, which went out early in the morning to hire las bourers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent thein into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour, and faw other's standing idle in the market-place, and said unto them, Go ye alfo into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right, I will give you. And they went their way.Again he went out about the sixth, 'and ninth hour and did likewife. And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others ftanding idle, and faith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle? They say unto him, Because no

11 Paraphrase on the Colled for Septuagefima Sunday." O Lord, we intreat thee mercifully to hear our Peti- Affi&tions, that we may live to thy Glory, througb tions, that we whom thou justly chaitisést for our Sins, the Merits of thy Son our Saviour, who reigneth with may of thy goodness be graciously relieved from bur thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

And every Man that striveth, E.c. The phrases in their Pallions and Appetites by Mortification and Selfthe Epistle for this Day allude to the Isthmian Games, denial: because the Prize we contend for is so much fawhich were celebrated by the Corinthians every five perior to theirs: theirs being only a Crown of Olive or Years, at a place called Cerchrea; and consisted of Run: Bays; ours a Crown of Glory that fadech not away. ning, Wrestling, Boxing, &c. Therefore as the Com * The Kingdom of Heaven is like, &c. The true de batants on these occasions were used to prepare them. sign of this parable is to shew that the Jews who had felves for them by a course of Exercise and spare Diet; the Gospel firit proposed to them, would be the last in fo, St. Paul says, ought Chritians willingly to subdue receiving it. The Houlholder represents God

man hath hired us. He faith unto them, Go ye also. into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive. So when even was come, the Lord of the vineyard faith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first. And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, I they received every man a penny. But when the first came, they supposed that i they should have received more; and they likewise received every man'a penny. And when they had received it, * they murmured against the good-man of the house, saying, These laft have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day. But he answered lone of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didft not thou agree with me for a penny ? Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last even as unto thee. Is it not lawful for ime to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil becaufe I am good ? So the lalt shall be first, and the first laft: for shany be called, but few chosen. .....Ticare ....ww fizinio

. The Sunday called | Sexagefima, or the second Sunday before. Lent. nii .is The Collect.si's riis

ei Lord God, who seest that we put not our trust in any thing

The Vineyard, the Difpenfations of Religion in gel behaving well under their different Difpenfations. For neral which were given to mankind in the different this was a gift of God's free Grace alone. But as the parts of the world. The Labourers Whired early in the Law was a Schoolmaster to bring the Jews to Chrift, morning fignified the Jews, who were born Members of fo a, right improvement of the Light of Nature preGod's Church, under the law of Moses. Those hired pared the Gentiles for the reception of the Gospel at the third, fixth, and ninth hours, signified those of the Gentiles who were converted to the worship of , They murmured, loc. Thus the Jews-murmuredi God, and became, fome Profelytes of righteousness, and rejected the Gospel, when the Gentiles were adOthers Profelytes of the Gate.—The invitation mitted to its Privileges without submitting to the insti. 2: the eleventh hour fignified the calling of the Gena tutions of the Law of Mofes, Acts xxi. 21. 22, tiles in every country, by the Light of Nature, to live 1 Thef. 11, 16.

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Visi t a i i Sexagefima Sunday is to called because (reckoning : They received every Man á Penery. The equal re from the Wednesday before it), il' is fixiy Days before ward bestowed on all, fignifies the Gospel with its Pri. Easter. Then it was that some of the primitive Christians vileges and Advantages, which all, both Jews and began their forty Days Fast of Lent, omitting on this oca Gentiles, enjcyed upon an equal footing. Only we must casion, Thurfdays and, Sundays... (See Septuagefima not carry the refemblance so far as to suppofe chat either Sunday, tem nad merited the bleuings of the Gospel, by, .

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that we do; Mercifully grant that by thy power we may be defended against all adversity, through jesus Christ. our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle. 2. Cor. 11. 19. *V E suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise. For

I ye fuffer if a man bring you into bondage, if a inan devour you, if a man take of you, if á man exalt himself, if a man fmite you on the face. I speak as concerning reproach, as though we had been weak: howbeit, whereinfover any is bold (IL fpeak foolishly) I am bold also. Are they Hebrews? fo am I : are they Israelites ?' so am I: are they the feed of Abraham? so am I: are they ministers of Christ ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; + in labours more abundant; in stripes above measure ; in prisons more frequent; in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes fave one. Thrice was I beaten with rods.; Once, was I stoned ; Thrice I suffered shipwreck; A night and a day I have been in the deep : in journeying often; in perils of waters; in perils of robbers ; in perils by mine own country-men; in perils by the heathen; in perils in the city; in perils in the wilderness ; in perils in the sea; in perils among false brethren; in weariness and painfulness; in watchings often; in hunger and thirst; in fastings often; in cold and nakedness; besides those

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Paraphrase on the Colleet for Sexagefima Sunday. O Lord God, who knowest that we rely not upon graciously protect as by thy might against all Calamities

our own Itrength for our own defence and fupport; for the sake of Jefus Christ our Lord.

re suffer Fools gladly, &c. This expreffion, and yet he knew that it is very difficult to expariate upon what follows, relates to the false Teachers who had ourselves in Converfation without incurring the censure crepe in among the Corinthians during St. Paul's abi of vanity. fence, who endeavoured to enslave them to the Jewish + In labours more abundant, &c. &c. The methods Law, to make them a prey to their Covetousness; and afed for exercising St. Paul's Patience and Virtue, teach treated them with insolence, tyrapny, and contumely; us plainly, that the way in which God would be served infusing into them, at the same time, jealoufies, and by Christians, especially by his Ministers, is that of con

ftancy, and indefatigable diligence, and diffusive ChariI I Speak foo'ishly. Observe here how cautiously St. ty. That ease and idleness, and luxury, and effemi. Paal behaved himself in a point, which he knew to nate declinings of trouble for the public k good, are by be so nice. For tho' the false Teachers amongst the no means agreeable to the character of a Disciple of Corinthians had rendered such a vindication necessary : Jesus.

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