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2. That this love is not the natural product of the
heart, but requires to be grafted thereon, or planted therein, by God. 1 John, iv. 7; Rom. v. 5; 2 Thess. üi. 5; 2 Tim. i. 7; Gal. v. 22; Jer. xxxi.
33; Ezek. xi. 19-21; Ps. lxxxvi. 11. 3. That true religion is a progressive thing, capable of
increase, and requiring to be increased. 2 Pet. ü. 18; 1 Thess. iv. 1 ; Heb. vi. 1; 2 Cor. ix. 10;
Job, xvii. 9; Phil. iii. 12; Eph. iv. 15, 16. 4. That goodness is the nourishment which leads to
this progression and advancement of religion in the soul. Jer. xxxi. 14; Ps. xcii. 13, 14; i. 3, 4;
Ezek. xxxiv. 14; 1 Tim. iv. 6; 1 Pet. ii. 1. 5. That when this love of God's Name is grafted into
the heart, and true religion is progressing there,
our prayer to our God, this author and giver of
all good, that He would be pleased, (a) To graft this necessary love in our hearts.
Ps. lxxxvi. 11; Prov. xvi. 1. (6) To increase in us this true religion. Ps.
Ixxxiv. 5–8; Luke, xvii. 5. (c) To nourish us with this goodness. Ps.
xxxiv. 8-10; xxviii. 9. And (d) To keep us of His great mercy continually
in the same. Ps. cxxi. 5–8; 1 Pet. i. 5. The Conclusion is:
" through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen." As before.
Supplementary Questions. What are the characters ascribed to God in the Invoca
tion of this Collect ? Shew that they are correctly assigned to Him. What do we here desire to have implanted in our hearts ? What does the fact of such a request necessarily imply ?
What do we mean by “graft ?”
from God? Bring forward passages of Scripture illustrating these
points. Gen. xxviii. 15; Ps. cxxi.; 1 Pet. i. 5.
Eighth Sunday after Trinity.
A PRAYER FOR DEFENCE FROM THINGS HURTFUL,
AND THE GIFT OF THINGS PROFITABLE.
The Invocation is :
“ O God, whose never-failing providence ordereth all things both in heaven and earth;”— Here we state of God,1. That His providence is a never-failing providence.
Gen, viii. 22; Ps. cxix. 91; Josh. xxi. 45; Isa.
liv. 10; 1 Kings, viii. 56. 2. That this never-failing Providence ordereth all
things both in heaven and earth. Dan. iv. 35 ; Acts, xiv. 16, 17; Ps. ciii. 19; cxxxv. 5, 6; Prov.
xvi. 33; Jer. x. 23. The Petition therefore is :
“ We humbly beseech thee to put away from
us all hurtful things, and to give us those
things which be profitable for us ;” Here we have these truths involved : 1. That we are surrounded by, and exposed to the in
fluence of, two classes of things, viz. :
Deut. vii. 15; Prov. xxx. 8; Ezek. xiv. 21. (6) Things which are profitable. 1 Tim. iv. 8;
Luke, xi. 13; Heb. iv. 15, 16; 2 Tim. i. 7;
Eph. iv. 11, 12 2. That the one class we desire to have put away from
us, and the other class to be bestowed upon us. Prov. xxx. 8, 9; Ezra, viii. 21-23; Ps. cxix. 29; 1 Cór. v. 13; Eph. iv. 31; iii. 14-19; Col. i. 11;
1 Tim. iv, 6. 3. That God is able to do this for us. Eph. iii. 20;
are further encouraged by the promises given
The Conclusion is :
“ through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” As before.
Supplementary Questions. What is the character ascribed to the providence of God
here? What is that providence said to do? To what extent do its operations reach ? What is the meaning of “ providence ?” What of “ never-failing ?”. What passages of Scripture prove or illustrate this
What encouragement does this truth afford us? See
Rom. viii. 28.
Pinth Sunday after Trinity.
A PRAYER TO BE ENABLED TO LIVE ACCORDING
TO GOD'S WILL.
The Invocation is simply:
“ Lord;" (thus,“ Grant us, Lord ;o) Thereby, however, claiming Him for our Master, and ac
knowledging ourselves His servants. The Petition is :
“ Grant to us, Lord, we beseech thee, the spirit to think and do always such things as be rightful; that we, who cannot do anything that is good without thee, may by thee be enabled
to live according to thy will ;”Here the following important points are involved: 1. That it is our duty to live according to the will of
God. 1 John, v.3; iii. 23, 24 ; Tit. ii. 11-15; Rom. xii. 2; 1 Thess. iv. 3; 1 Pet. iv. 2.
2. That in order to this it is necessary both to think
and to do, and that always, such things as be rightful. Prov. xxiv. 9; Gen. vi. 5 ; Prov. xii. 5 ;
Lev. xviii. 4; Ezek. xviii. 5-9; Col. i. 9. 3. That we cannot do this, nor even any good thing,
without God. John, xv. 5; 2 Cor. iii. 5; Rom.
vii. 18. 4. That, therefore, we must have the spirit to do this
granted to us by God, so that we may be enabled to act accordingly. 2. Cor. iv. 7; 1 Cor. xv. 10;
Ps. cxliii. 10; Heb. xiii. 20, 21. 5. That, if such a spirit be granted, we shall then be
enabled to do that which is required at our hands. 2 Cor. xii. 9; Gal. ii. 20; Phil. iv. 13.
Hence for this spirit we here offer our prayers. The Conclusion is :
“through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” As before.
Supplementary Questions. In what way does this Collect teach us it is our duty to
Where is the will of God made known to us ?
Apostles generally, St. Paul especially.)