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What is this Church of God here called ?
In what respect is it “ holy?”
In what do we desire to be established ?
What prevents persons from being established in this

truth? When persons are carried away with every “blast of vain

doctrine,” to whom may they be said to be like ? What is the meaning of “blast ?" What do we want to preserve us from such childish

courses ?

No. LXXV.
Saint Philip aud zaint James's Day.

A PRAYER FOR A STEADFAST WALKING IN THE WAY

OF LIFE.

The Invocation is : .

“O Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life;" — Here invoking God as “ Almighty,” we declare further, That everlasting life depends upon, yea consists in, a

true knowledge of Him. John, xvii. 3; Jer. ix. 23, 24; 1 Cor. xv. 34; 1 John, iv. 8; 2 Pet. üi. 18; Job, xxii. 21 ; xi. 7, 8; 2 Cor. iv. 6; John, viü. 19; x. 38; Heb. i. 1-4; Jer. xxxi. 34; Isa. xi. 9.

Hence the entreaty which follows in The Petition, viz.:

“Grant us perfectly to know thy Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life; that, following the steps of thy holy Apostles, Saint Philip and Saint James, we may steadfastly walk in the way that leadeth to eternal

life ;”In this Petition the following points are set forth : 1. That there is a way leading to eternal life. Isa.

xxxv. 8, 9; Jer. vi. 16; Matt. vii. 14; Prov. iv. 18;

Rom. iii. 17. 2. That in that way we ought steadfastly to walk, as

did Saint Philip and Saint James, God's holy Apostles. Prov. iv. 26, 27 ; 2 Pet. ii. 21 ; Acts, ii. 42; 1 John, ii. 3-6; Eph. v. 8-11; Phil. iii. 17, 18;

Heb. vi. 12; xiii. 7, 8. 3. That the Son of God, Jesus Christ, is the way, and

also the truth, and the life. John, xiv. 6; Heb. x.

19, 20; Eph. ii. 13-18; 2 Cor. v. 18-21. 4. That to walk in this way requires a perfect know

ledge thereof, i. e. we need a perfect knowledge of
Jesus Christ to enable us to realise that life eter-
nal of which He is the procuring cause. Isa. xxx.
21; xlii. 16; liii. 11; Eph. i. 17; Phil. iii. 8;
Col. ii. 3 ; Gal. i. 15, 16; 2 Pet. i. 2-4.
For the gift of this knowledge, therefore, we

here put forth our prayer. The Conclusion is :

“through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” As before.

Supplementary Questions. In what is everlasting life here said to consist ? What do we mean by “ know” here? In what way does our prayer state that we have a desire

to walk ? In what manner ought we to walk along that way? In whose steps shall we then be following ?

Who is this way that leadeth to life ?
In what sense is Jesus Christ the way to eternal life?
What else is Jesus Christ said to be ?
How is He the “truth ?”
And in what sense the “life ?”
How must we know Jesus Christ, this way, truth, and

life, in order to walk therein aright? From whom only can this knowledge come ?

No. LXXVI.
Saint Barnabas the Apostle.

A PRAYER FOR GOD'S GIFTS, AND GRACE TO USE

THEM ARIGHT.

The Invocation is :

" O Lord God Almighty, who didst endue thy holy Apostle Barnabas with singular gifts

of the Holy Ghost; "Here God is invoked as “Lord,” and as “ Almighty,” and

it is stated, in addition to what these titles imply: 1. That Barnabas was His holy Apostle. Acts, iv. 36 ;

ix. 27; xi. 22–30; xii. 25; xiii. ; xiv. ; xv. 2, 36

41; 1 Cor. ix. 6; Gal. ii. 1, 9-13. 2. That he was endued with singular gifts of the Holy

Ghost. See preceding texts, from whence this is

of necessity deduced. 3. That it was God who so gifted and endued him.

Luke, xxiv. 49; Acts, xiii. 1-3; 1 Cor. iv. 7 ; xv. 10. (If Paul, so Barnabas.)

Hence the prayer which follows.

The Petition is :

“ Leave us not, we beseech thee, destitute of thy manifold gifts, nor yet of grace to use

them always to thy honour and glory ;Herein is set forth: 1. That God's gifts are manifold. 1 Cor. xii. 4-11;

Rom. xii. 3-8; Eph. iv. 7. 2. That they are to be always used to His honour and

glory. 1 Cor. vi. 19, 20; x. 31 ; Luke, xix. 12, 13;

i Pet. iv. 10, 11. 3. That it is our desire to possess these gifts, and to

have grace to use them as required. Rom. xii. 6-8; 1 Cor. xii. 7; 1 Tim. iv. 14; 2 Tim. i. 6;

John, xiv. 18, 26 ; xvi. 13. The Conclusion is :

“through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” As before.

Supplementary Questions. What is Saint Barnabas here styled ? With what is it said that he was endued ? What is here meant by “ singular ?" By whom was he so gifted and endued ? How are God's gifts described in our petition following

these statements ? What do we mean by “manifold,” and in what respect are

these gifts so ? In what way are such gifts to be always used ? What is our prayer with reference to these gifts ? What is the meaning of “ destitute,” and what of

“ grace,” in this Collect? Who can preserve us from this destitution, and grant us

this grace ?

No. LXXVII.
Saint John Baptist's Day.

A PRAYER FOR GRACE TO FOLLOW THE DOCTRINE

AND PRACTICE OF JOHN BAPTIST.

The Invocation is :

“ Almighty God, by whose providence thy servant John Baptist was wonderfully born, and sent to prepare the way of thy Son, our Saviour,

by preaching of repentance;— Here, invoking God as “ Almighty,” we have it also set

forth: 1. That John the Baptist was the servant of God.

Mal. iii. 1; iv. 5, 6; John, i. 6. 2. That this John the Baptist was born in a wonderful

manner. Luke, i.; Ps. cxiii. 9. 3. That, after his birth, he was sent to prepare the way

of God's Son, who is our Saviour. Matt. iii. l-12; Mark, i. 1-8; Luke, iii. 1-18; Isa. xl. 3–8; Mal.

iii. 1. 4. That this he did by preaching repentance. (See

preceding texts.) Acts, xiii. 24, 25. 5. That all this took place according to God's pro

vidence, i.e. by His ordering and appointment.

Luke, iii. 2; Rom. xi. 36; John, i. 6. The Petition, therefore, is :

“ Make us so to follow his doctrine and holy life, that we may truly repent, according to his

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