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(1) An ensample of godly life. 1 Pet. ii. 21;
John, viii. 46; Heb. iv. 15; 1 John, iii. 5;
John, viii. 12. The Petition is :
“Give us grace that we may always most thankfully receive that his inestimable benefit, and also daily endeavour ourselves to follow the
blessed steps of his most holy life;" Herein we have declared : 1. That the sacrifice of the Son of God is an ines
timable benefit. Gal. iii. 10–13; Rom. v. 9, 10, 18-21 ; vi. 23 ; vii. 24, 25 ; 1 Cor. xv. 55-57; Rev.
v. 9, 10; vii. 15-17. 2. That being so, it should be most thankfully received.
2 Cor. ix. 15; 1 Cor. xv. 57; 1 Pet. ii. 9; 2 Cor. ii. 14; 2 Tim. iii. 2; Luke, xvii. 11-19; Col. i.
12-14. 3. That His life was a most holy life. 1 Pet. ii. 22;
Rom. x. 4; Luke, xxiii. 14, 15; Matt. xxvii. 4;
Acts, x. 38. 4. That the blessed steps of that life we should strive
to follow. Matt. ix. 9; 1 Cor. xi. 1; 1 John, ii. 6;
the prayer. The Conclusion is :
“ through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. As before.
Supplementary Questions. For what two purposes do we here state that God has
given His Son ? What do we mean by “ a sacrifice ?”
By what people were sacrifices more especially offered ?
earth? Did this holiness of life secure Him from ill-usage, and
procure universal respect ?
Third Sunday after Easter.
A PRAYER FOR A WALK AND CONVERSATION
BECOMING THE GOSPEL.
The Invocation is :
“ Almighty God, who shewest to them that be in error the light of thy truth, to the intent that they may return unto the way of righteous
ness ; ” Tlere, after invoking God as “ Almighty,” it is declared :
1. That His truth is light. Ps. cxix. 105, 130; Prov.
vi. 23; Matt. iv. 16; Luke, iv. 18; John, iïi. 19;
xii. 46; Eph. v. 13; 1 Thess. v. 5. 2. That this light He shews forth to those in error, i.e.
to those who have wandered astray from the way in which they ought to walk. Luke, i. 78-79; ii.
30_32; Isa, ix. 1, 2; Ezek. xxxiv. 11-16. 3. That this He does to enable them to return to that
way. Isa. lx. 1-4; xxix. 24; xxx. 21 ; Acts, xxvi.
17, 18; Isa. ii. 5. 4. That this way in which they should walk is the way
of righteousness. Ps. xxiii. 3; 1 Kings, iii. 6; Rom. xiv. 17; x. 3, 4; Isa. xxxii. 1, 16, 17; Prov. xii. 28; xiv. 2; 2 Tim. ii. 22; Tit. ii. 12; Matt. v. 20; Phil, iii. 9.
The Petition is :
“Grant unto all them that are admitted into the fellowship of Christ's Religion, that they may eschew those things that are contrary to their profession, and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same ;”
Herein we have implied: 1. That the Religion to which all men should belong is
Christ's Religion. Matt. i. 21; John, i. 29; xx.
31; Acts, iv. 11, 12; John, iii. 16 ; Gal. v. 1. 2. That this is a fellowship to which none belong but
such as are regularly admitted. Matt. xxviii. 19; Acts, ii. 37, 38, 41-47; v. 12-14; 1 Cor. xii. 13;
Rom. xii. 5 ; Gal. iii. 27; vi. 10. 3. That admission to this fellowship involves a previous
profession of certain principles, which principles demand a corresponding practice. Acts, viii. 3638; X. 44-48 ; xvi. 14, 15, 29–34 ; xv. 23–30;
Rom. x. 9, 10. 4. That all who are admitted to such a fellowship after
such profession made should
(a) Eschew everything contrary thereto. Rom. xii. 1, 2, 9; xjii, 11-14; Eph. iv. 18-22–32;
1 Cor. v. 11; vi. 1-8; 2 Tim. ii. 19. (6) Follow everything agreeing therewith. Phil.
i. 27; Eph. v. 1, 2, 8, 9, 19, 20; 1 Thess. ii. 12; iv. 1; Col. ü. 6; 1 Pet. ii. 12 ; ii. 16 ;
2 Pet. ii. 20, 21. Which we here ask that all may be able to do.
The Conclusion is :
“ through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen." As before.
Supplementary Questions. What is God's truth here said to be ? What does God do with this light ? Of whom do we speak when we say, “ them that be in
error ?" What way is it from which they have wandered ? For what purpose does God shew to such wanderers this
light of His truth? Wherein is the light of God's truth contained ? For whom do we here especially pray? What Religion do we here speak of? Who are they that belong to this Religion ? What do we mean by “fellowship ? " What is needed before persons can be admitted into this
fellowship? When is such profession usually made ? What are the chief points which that profession em
braces ? After such a profession and admission, in what way should
such persons, so professing and admitted, act ? What do we mean by “ eschew ?”
Mention some of the things contrary to the profession
which is required before admission into Christ's
Fourth Sunday after Easter.
A PRAYER FOR CONFORMITY IN LOVE AND DESIRES
TO THE REVEALED WILL OF GOD.
The Invocation is :
“O Almighty God, who alone canst order the unruly wills and offections of sinful men;" Here, after invoking God as “ Almighty,” our language
declares further,1. That all men are sinful. Ps. li. 5; liü. 1-3; lviii.
3; Eccl. vii. 20; Rom. iii. 9, 20. 2. That sinful men have unruly wills and affections.
Job, xi. 12; Gen. xii. 10–13; Eccl. viii, 11; ix.
3; 2 Kings, xx. 12, 13; 2 Sam. ii. 3. That these unruly wills and affections God only can
order. Jer. x. 23; Gen, xxxi. 22-24 ; Ps. lxxvi. 10; 2 Kings, xix. 27, 28; Prov. xxi, 1; Exod, vii.
3, 4; xii. 29–36. The Petition, therefore, is :
“Grant unto thy people, that they may love the thing which thou commandest, and desire that which thou dost promise ; that so, among