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4. That God's goodness is so bountiful, that we hope
this necessary absolution will be granted unto us. Ex. xxxiv. 6; Ps. cxxxvi. 1-4; Hos. xiv. 4; Acts, xiii. 38, 39; Rom. v. 20; Col. i. 12-14.
And for this, therefore, we here offer a prayer. The Conclusion is :
“Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ's sake, our blessed Lord and Saviour.
Amen." Involving, as in several previous Collects, these points,1. That God is our Heavenly Father. Matt. vi. 9;
Gal. iii. 26 ; iv. 4; Eph. ii. 19; 2 Cor. vi. 18, 19. 2. That Jesus Christ is our blessed Lord and Saviour.
1 Cor. viü. 6; John, xiii. 13; Acts, ii, 36; Rev.
xix. 16. 3. That what we ask, we ask for the sake of this Jesus
Christ, and for His sake alone. John, xiv. 6; xvi. 23; Eph. i. 6; Heb. x. 19-22.
Supplementary Questions. Under what character do we here address ourselves to
God? Is this character common to all men ? Who only have a right to use such language ? What do we say of our conduct towards God ? Wherein do our offences consist ? What texts of Scriptures prove these points ? To what are our sins here ascribed ? Who only can say so ? What do we mean by “frailty ?” How have men become frail or weak ? Were they so created ? Is there a difference in God's sight between sins of weak
ness and presumptuous sins ? May we, therefore, be careless about such sins ?
What are all sins here said to be ?
God is our Father ?
No. LXVII. Turenty-fifth Sunday after Trinity. A PRAYER FOR GOD TO STIR US UP TO GOOD WORKS. The Invocation is :
“We beseech thee, O Lord,”— With no statement. The Petition is :
“Stir up ... the wills of thy faithful people ; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously re
warded ; Herein the following are involved, 1. That good works are not forgotten by God; but that
those who perform such, or “bring forth” such “ fruit,” will receive from Him a reward. Heb. vi. 10; Matt. x. 40-42; xxv. 34-40; Phil. iii. 14;
2 Tim. iv. 8. 2. That this reward will be proportioned to the work
performed, or the fruit brought forth; and that where there is abundance of fruit then will there
3. That the Holy Spirit is as light poured into the
soul. 1 Cor. i. 10, 11 ; Eph. V. 8, 13; Zeph. i. 12;
2 Pet. i. 21. Compared with Ps. cxix. 130. The Petition is :
“Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice
in his holy comfort:" Herein we have involved the following: 1. That by the same Spirit may now be had two
John, xiv. 26; Prov. ii. 6,7; 2 Tim. i. 7; Col.
i. 9 ; ii. 3. (6) Holy comfort, wherein we may rejoice evermore. Ps. xxxi. 19; 1 Thess. i. 5, 6; Rom.
xiv. 17; Ps. li. 11, 12; Gal. v. 22. 2. That these two things it is our desire to obtain.
2 Cor. i. 3, 4; Isa. liv. 13 ; Job, xxxiv. 32; Phil. i. 9, 10.
And so for them we here offer a prayer. The Conclusion is :
“ through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, world
without end. Amen.” A Conclusion which, though slightly different in words, is
in substance the same as we have frequently examined before. See Nos. I., III., V., XVII., XVIII.
be an abundant reward. Luke, xix. 11-19; 1 Cor. xv. 41, 42; Gal. vi. 9; Heb. x. 34-36 ; 1 Cor. xv.
58; 2 Pet. i. 11. 3. That, for God's people to bring forth this fruit
plenteously, their wills must be stirred up by Him
God, to reward for works done by His assist-
The Conclusion is :
“ through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen." As before.
Supplementary Questions. What is it we here ask God to do? For what purpose ? How will those persons be treated by God who bring
forth plenteously the fruit of good works? What do we mean by “plenteously?” Under what figure may God's people be said to be spoken
of in this Collect ? What is the fruit these trees are to bring forth ? How will the rewards bestowed by God be regulated ? Are God's people able of themselves to bring forth this
fruit, and secure these rewards ? What do they want ? By what agency does God act upon the wills of men ? If this assistance be withheld, what will those people
become? And what will their end be?