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For what purposes was He thus manifested ?
Have these purposes yet been accomplished ?
What are the works of the Devil ?
How did Christ destroy them ?
How does Christ make men sons of God and heirs of

eternal life? What hope is it we here say we have ? What effect should the possession of this hope produce

in us ? Why should all who have this hope purify themselves ? After whose example should they do so ? How will Christ appear again? What will then follow ? Who will be made like unto Him ? Where will this be? What kind of a kingdom is this? What is Christ now doing in His kingdom ? Is He alone in this? With Whom is He therein united ? Are these three distinct Gods ? How long will this union subsist ?

No. XVIII.
Septuagesima Bunday.

A PRAYER FOR DELIVERANCE

ROM MERITED

PUNISHMENTS.

The Invocation is :

“O Lord,” — Simply, and contains no further acknowledgment.

The Petition is :

“ We beseech thee favourably to hear the prayers of thy people; that we, who are justly punished for our offences, may be mercifully delivered by thy goodness, for the glory of thy

Name," — In this Petition we state: 1. That we are the people of God. Ps. c. 3 ; xcv. 7;

1 Pet. ii. 9, 10; Tit. ii. 14; Eph. ii. 11-13; Rom.

ix. 24-26. 2. That we, His people, are being punished, i.e. are

undergoing, or are in a state of, punishment. Gen. iii. 16-19; Rom. viii. 22; Isa. xxvi. 21; Ps.

cvii. 17; xxxix. 10, 11; Rom. v. 12; Ps. xc. 15. 3. That this is justly done, and is because of our

offences. Neh. ix. 33; Ezra, ix. 13; Dan. ix.

5-7; Ps. cvi. 6; ciii. 10. This however, leads us to pray,– 1. That He would favourably hear us. Ps. vi. 2; lxv.

2; Judg. xvi. 28-30; Job, xxxiii. 26 ; 1 Kings, iii.

6-13; Dan. ix. 19-21. 2. That He would mercifully deliver us. Lam. iii. 22

26; Ps. xxxiii. 16–19; xxxiv. 15, 17, 22; xxxii.

6,7; cxlv. 18-20; l. 15. And we support our prayer, by declaring that such a

hearing and deliverance would be,1. An act of goodness on the part of God. Tit. iii. 5 ;

Ps. lxxiii. 1; li. 18; cxxxvi. 1; Rom. xi. 6; Eph. i.

8, 9; Dan. ix. 9; Ps. cxxx. 3; cvii. 8, 15, 21. 2. That it would be to the glory of His own Name.

1 Sam. xii. 22; Isa. xlviii. 11; Jer. xiv. 7; Exod.

xxxii. 11-14; Numb. xiv. 11-19; Dan. ix. 16-19. The Conclusion is :

" through Jesus Christ our Saviour, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy

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Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.'

On which Conclusion see the preceding Collect.

Supplementary Questions. From whom does this prayer professedly proceed ? In what condition does this Collect state that we, God's

people, are ? Wherefore is this punishment inflicted ? Have we any reason to complain of it? How have we offended God ? What, however, does this lead us to pray for ? What besides a favourable hearing ? What do we plead that such a favourable hearing, and

merciful deliverance, would be to us on God's part ? And to what would it also tend : Is God a God of goodness ? Is He jealous for the glory of His name? Produce Scripture illustrations and proofs of these va

rious points.

No. XIX.

Seragesima Sunday.

A PRAYER FOR DEFENCE AGAINST ALL ADVERSITY.

The Invocation is :

“ O Lord God, who seest that we put not our trust in anything that we do,”

Here, addressing God as “ Lord,” we declare: 1. That we put not our trust in anything that we do.

Isa. lxiv. 6; Matt. xxv. 37–39; Rom. vii. 18; v. 1;

Tit. iii. 5; Eph. ii. 4-9; 2 Cor. i. 9, 10. 2. That this renunciation of self God is aware of. Ps.

cxxxix. 1-4; Jer. xvii. 10; 1 Chron. xxviii. 9; 1 Kings, viii. 39; Gal. i. 20; John, ii. 24, 25; Prov. xv. 11; Heb. iv. 13; John, xxi. 17; Ps. xxxiii.

13-15. The Petition is :

“ Mercifully grant that by thy power we may be defended against all adversity,Here we shew : 1. That we are exposed to adversity of various kinds.

Ps. xviii. 4, 5; xxii. 11-16; lvii. 4-6; lix. 2, 3;
Rom. xv. 25-27; John, xv. 19; xvi. 2, 33; Acts,

xiv. 22; 1 Cor. iv. 10–13; Acts, xi. 27-30. 2. That from these we need a defence. 2 Chron. xx.

12; Jer. x. 23; 2 Cor. iv. 7. 3. That the only secure defence is the power of our God.

Ps. lxxxix. 18; lx. 11, 12; lxii. 1, 2; cxxvii. 1; 2 Chron. xx. 6 ; Acts, xxvi. 22; Rom. viii. 31 ; Eph.

vi. 10. By which, therefore, we pray that we may be defended. The Conclusion is :

“ through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen." As before.

Supplementary Questions. What do we declare in this Invocation as to the spirit of

our hearts ? Is this a proper spirit? By Whom is this seen and known?

What does the language of our prayer imply that we are

exposed to ? What do we therefore need? Whose power alone is able to defend us against these

adversities? By what Scriptures are these statements supported ?

No. XX.

Quinquagesima sunday.

A PRAYER FOR THE MOST EXCELLENT GIFT OF

CHARITY OR LOVE. The Invocation is :

“ O Lord, who hast taught us that all our doings without charity are nothing worth,Here invoking God as “Lord,” we state as a foundation

for our prayer; 1. That all we do is worthless unless it proceeds from

charity, i.e. love, as the leading principle in our hearts. 1 Cor. xiii. 1-3; Ps. lxvi. 18; Matt. xv. 8; 1 John, iii. 18; 2 Kings, x. 28-31; Jer. xlviii. 10;

1 Tim. i. 5; Rom. xii. 10. 2. That this we know because God Himself has so

taught us. Matt. xxii. 37-40; Matt. vi. 1-5; 1 John,

iv. 20; Rom. xii. 9; Eph. v. 1, 2. The Petition, therefore, is :

“ Send thy Holy Ghost, and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of charity, the

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