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What do we mean by “ affections ?”
Callert for Easter Day.
A PRAYER FOR HELP TO BRING GOOD DESIRES TO
GOOD EFFECT. The Invocation is :
“ Almighty God, who, through thine only. begotten Son, Jesus Christ, hast overcome death, and opened unto us the gate of everlasting 1. That He has opened unto us the gate of everlasting
life;" Here God is invoked as “ Almighty,” and beyond what
that title implies it is stated,
life ; which, therefore, must once have been closed against us. Heb. ii. 14, 15; 1 Pet. i. 3, 4; Heb. v. 9; John, xi. 25 ; Eph. i. 7; Heb. ix. 11-15;
Rom. v. 10; Col. i. 12-14, 20, 21. 2. That, to do this, death had to be overcome, and has
been overcome. 1 Cor. xv. 55–57 ; Gen. iii. 15; Eph. iv. 8; Heb. i. 14, 15 ; 2 Tim. i. 10; 1 Pet. i.
3; John, xix. 30. 3. That God has done this through His Son Jesus
4. That this Son Jesus Christ is God's only begotten
Son. 1 John, iv. 9; Rom. viii. 32; John, i. 14, 18. The Petition is :
“We humbly beseech thee, that, as by thy special grace preventing us thou dost put into our minds good desires, so by thy continual help
we may bring the same to good effect;"— Here it is stated,1. That God puts into our minds good desires. 1
Kings, viii. 57, 58 ; Jam. i. 17; Phil. i. 13; 1 Cor.
xii. 3. 2. That this He does by His special preventing grace.
1 Cor. xv. 10; Matt. x. 20; Rom. xii. 3-6; Cant.
i. 4 ; 1 John, iv. 19; Eph. ii. l; Acts, xvi. 14. 3. That these good desires require to be brought to
good effect. Gal. i. 21; 1 Cor. xii, 7; Matt. vii.
21; xiii. 20–22; Hos. vi. 4; Rev. ii. 10. 4. That to do this we further need God's continual
help. Heb. iv. 15, 16; John, xv. 5; 2 Cor. iii. 5; iv. 7 ; Zech. iv. 6.
For which, therefore, our prayer is here offered. The Conclusion is :
“ through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost,
ever one God, world without end. Amen.” As before.
Supplementary Questions. What gate is God here said to have opened unto us ? How was it that that was previously closed against us ? What had to be done before this gate could be opened ? By Whom was this obstacle removed ? And when ? Who is said in the Scripture to have had “the power of
death ?” What do we say God puts into our minds ? On what authority do we say this ? How do we say this is done ? What do we mean by “special grace ?” What by “ preventing ?” If good desires proceed no further will they do us any
good ? What then is necessary ? What do we require to enable us to do this ?
A PRAYER FOR GRACE TO SERVE GOD IN PURENESS
OF LIVING AND TRUTH. The Invocation is :
“ Almighty Father, who hast given thine only Son to die for our sins, and to rise again
for our justification,” Here we invoke God as a “Father,” and that an “Al
mighty Father,” and we say respecting Him,
That He has given His only Son
(a) To die for our sins. Rom. v. 8; 1 Cor. xv.
3 ; Dan. ix. 24-26 ; Isa. liii. 4–6; 1 Pet. ii.
21-24; iii. 18. (6) To rise again for our justification. Rom. iv.
25; 1 Cor. xv. 17; Rom. viii. 34 ; 1 Pet. i. 3, 21. The Petition is :
“Grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness, that we may always serve thee
in pureness of living and truth ;" In this are involved the following points : 1. That God requires of us a continual service. Heb.
vi. 11, 12; Gal. vi. 9; Luke, ix. 61, 62; Heb. iii.
14; Rev. ii. 2-5 ; Gal. v. 7. 2. That this service requires two things :
(a) Pureness of living, i.e. correct practice. Isa.
i. 4, 15-17; 1 Tim. i. 5 ; Jam. i. 27. (6) Pureness of truth, i.e. correct faith. Jude, 3;
2 John, 9, 10; 3 John, 3, 4; 2 Tim. i. 13. Or, it must be,
(a) Purely. Tit. ii. 12; Heb. xii. 14; 2 Cor.
vii. 1. (6) Truly. Ps. xvii. 1; Matt. xv. 8; 2 Tim.
iii. 5. 3. That the great hindrance to this service is the leaven
of malice and wickedness yet remaining in our hearts. Rom. vii. 17 ; Gal. v. 17; 1 Cor. v. 7, 8;
Jam. i. 14, 15. 4. That this leaven, therefore, needs to be put away.
Rom. xiii. 12–14; Eph. iv. 22; Col. iii. 8; Gal. vi. 8; 2 Cor. v. 17.
And for grace to do that we here offer our prayer. The Conclusion is :
“through the merits of the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen." As before.
Supplementary Questions. For what purposes do we here say that God has given
His Son ? What is “sin ?" Wherein have we sinned ? What is the meaning of “ justification ?” How does Christ's rising again affect our justification ? Why do we need justification ? How do we procure it ? How do we ask to serve God ? What do we mean by “pureness of living ?” What by “ pureness of truth ?” What is the great hindrance to such a service ? What do we mean by “leaven ?” What must be done with this leaven that is yet in our
hearts ? By Whose help alone are we able to do this ?
A PRAYER FOR THANKFUL HEARTS AND HOLY LIVES.
The Invocation is :
“ Almighty God, who hast given thine only Son to be unto us both a sacrifice for sin, and
also an ensample of godly life;" Here in our Invocation we state,That God has given His only Son to be unto us
(a) A sacrifice for sin. Heb. ix. 26; x. 12;
John, i. 29; 2 Cor. v. 21; 1 Cor. v. 7.