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What is this Church of God here called ?
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
A PRAYER FOR A STEADFAST WALKING IN THE WAY
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
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 ?
life, in order to walk therein aright? From whom only can this knowledge come ?
A PRAYER FOR GOD'S GIFTS, AND GRACE TO USE
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 ?
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