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the sundry and manifold changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed, where true
joys are to be found ;' Herein the following statements may be seen: 1. That there is something which God has commanded.
John, xiv. 15; 1 John, iii. 23; Ps. cxix. 4–6. 2. That this His people should love. 2 John, 6; Ps.
cxix. 48; i. 1, 2; 2 Pet. ii. 21. 3. That there is also something which God has pro
mised. 1 Pet. i. 13; 2 Tim. iv. 8; Rev. ii. 10; 2
Pet. i. 4. 4. That this His people should desire. Heb. xjü, 13,
14; Phil. i. 23 ; Col. ij. 1, 2; Heb. vi. 11, 12. Then further, in order as it were to urge them to this, it
is said,1. That this world in which we now live is a world of
changes. 1 Cor. vii. 29-31; 1 John, ii. 16, 17; Jam. iv. 13, 14; Hab. iii17; Ps. lv. 12-14; Job, i. and xlii.; Eccl. i. 4-1l; ii. 1-8; xii. l; Ps.
ciii. 15, 16; Heb. xiii. 14; Ps. xlix. 10–14. 2. That these changes are sundry, and manifold. (Il
lustrated in the lives of Joseph and David, and in
the history of the Israelites.) 3. That, in consequence, true joys cannot be found in
it, but must be sought elsewhere. Heb. xi. 24-26 ;
Matt. vi. 19; Luke, xii. 16-21 ; 1 Tim. vi. 17. 4. That the source of true joys is in the command
ments and promises of God; in loving the one and desiring the other. Ps. v. 11 ; xvi. il; Hab. iii. 17, 18; Matt. vi. 20; 1 Tim. vi. 18, 19; Isa. XXXV.
10; Ps. cxix. 165. 5. That, therefore, on these our hearts must be surely
fixed, so that amidst all the changes of earth such joys may be ours. Heb. vi. 18-20; Col. iii. 2;
2 Cor. vi. 10; Phil. iii. l; iv. 4. The Conclusion is :
" through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen." As before.
Fifth Sunday after Easter.
A PRAYER FOR THE AID OF THE HOLY SPIRIT TO
THINK AND ACT ARIGHT.
The Invocation is :
“ O Lord, from whom all good things do come; Here, after addressing God as “Lord,” and so claiming
Him as our Master, and acknowledging ourselves
His servants, we also declare,That all good things come from Him. Jam. i. 17;
2 Pet. i. 3; 1 Tim. vi. 17; 1 Cor. xi. 12; Ps. cxlvi. 5-9; 1 Chron. xxix. 14; Ps. xxxvi. 7, 8; 1 Cor.
xii. 4-6; 2 Cor. v. 18. The Petition is :
“ Grant to us, thy humble servants, that by thy holy inspiration we may think those things that be good, and by thy merciful guiding may
perform the same;" Here it is declared : 1. That we are God's humble servants. 1 Pet. v. 6;
Neh. i. 11. 2. That as such it is necessary that we should
(a) Think good things. Gen. vi. 5; Mark, vii.
(6) Perform good things. Ps. xiv. 1-3; Rom.
iii. 10–19. Compared with 2 Cor. v. 17; x. 5; 2 Tim. ii. 19; Tit. ii. 14. Also Matt. vii.
21 ; Jam. i. 21, 22; Eph. ii. 10; 1 Pet. ii. 12. 3. That to this end we require
(a) God's holy inspiration in order to the one.
Joel, ii. 28; John, xiv. 26; Ps. xviii. 28 ;
Ezra, i. 1; Job, xxxii. 8.
Ps. xxv. 5 ; cxliii. 10; Isa. Xxx, 20, 21 ; Ps.
prayer. Prov. iii. 5, 6; Luke, xi. 13. The Conclusion is :
“ through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.” As before.
Supplementary Questions. Whence do we declare that all good things do come ? On what authority do we state this ? What do we here profess ourselves to be ? What is it we wish to think ? But is thinking sufficient? What more is required ? What do we need to enable us to think good things ? What do we mean by“ inspiration ?” What do we need in order to the performance of good
things ? How are these to be obtained ? Why are they required ?
A PRAYER FOR A HEAVENLY CONVERSATION. The Invocation is :
“We beseech thee, Almighty God;” And contains no further statement. The Petition is (reaching to the end):
" Grant .... that like as we do believe thine only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into the heavens ; so we may also in heart and mind thither ascend, and with Him continually dwell, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world
without end. Amen.” Here we state: 1. That Jesus Christ is God's only-begotten Son and
our Lord. John, i. 14-18; 1 John, iv. 9;1 Cor. viii.
6; Acts, ii. 36 ; John, xiii. 13 ; xx. 28.
into the heavens. Mark, xvi. 19; Luke, xxiv.
34; Eph. i. 20; iv. 8.
continually with Him there. Col. iii. 1 ; Phil. iii.
bodily ascension like His, but an ascension in