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John, xiv, 21; 1 Thess. v. 15; Gal. vi. 9; Tit. ii. 12-14; iii. 8; 2 Pet. ii. 21; 1 John, ii. 15-17;
Rev. xxii. 14. 5. That to be so ready we must forsake all worldly and
carnal affections ; for they, being opposed thereto, would keep us back if they could. Mark, xiv. 38; Gal. v. 16, 17; Matt. xix. 16-22, 27-30; Rom. vii. 18–24; viii. 5–13; Gal. v. 24; 2 Tim. iv. 10. For grace to forsake these, therefore, and to be
so ready, we here earnestly pray. The Conclusion is :
“ through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen." As before.
Supplementary Questions. What do we say of Saint James here? By whom was he called ? What was he before his calling ? How did he act when called ? Whom and what did he leave when he did this? Was not this wrong? What should we be equally ready to follow ? Where are God's holy commandments contained ? What must we forsake if we would be so ready at all
times ? What is the meaning of “ affections ?” What of “worldly and carnal” affections ? Why must we forsake these in order to follow God's com
mandments ? If we follow them, and not God's commandments, what
difference will it make to us ?
Saint Bartholomew the Apostle.
A PRAYER THAT THE CHURCH OF GOD MAY LOVE,
PREACH, AND RECEIVE THE WORD OF GOD.
The Invocation is :
“O Almighty and everlasting God, who didst give to thine Apostle Bartholomew grace
truly to believe and to preach thy Word;”— Here, after invoking God as “ Almighty and everlast
ing,” we further state, 1. That Bartholomew was one of His Apostles. Matt.
x. 3; Mark, ii. 18; Luke, vi, 14; Acts, i. 13. 2. That to him was given grace,
(a) Truly to believe, and
i. 45–49. (This Nathaniel the same with Bar-
vi. 12; 2 Cor. ii. 17; Heb. xiii. 7. 3. That this grace was given to him by God Himself.
1 Cor. ii. 9-13; Matt. x. 19, 20. (These things being spoken of, all the Apostles of course include
St. Bartholomew.) The Petition is :
“Grant, we beseech thee, unto thy Church, to love that Word which he believed, and both to preach and receive the same ;”—
In this Petition we seek for three things for the Church : 1. That God's word may be loved by it. Ps. i. 1, 2;
xix. 7-11; cxix. 9, 11, 35, 47, 140; Tit. i. 9. 2. That it may be preached by it. 2 Tim. iv. 2 ; Ps.
xl. 9, 10; 1 Cor. i. 17, 18, 21, 23; Luke, ix. 60;
Rom. xvi. 25, 26. 3. That it may be received by it. Rom. i. 16, 17; 1
Cor. ii. 14; Jam. i. 21, 22; 1 Thess. i. 5-8; ii. 13;
2 Thess. ii. 1; Heb. iv. 2 ; xii. 23. The Conclusion is :
“through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen." As before.
Supplementary Questions. What had Bartholomew grace given him to do? By whom was this grace given ? Who was this Bartholomew ? By what other name is he also spoken of in Scripture ? On behalf of what do we here pray? What do we pray that that Church may love ? Why should God's word be loved ? What that it may preach? Why should God's word be preached ? What that it may receive ? Why should God's word be received ?
A PRAYER FOR GRACE TO GIVE UP THE WORLD AND
The Invocation is :
“O Almighty God, who by thy blessed Son didst call Matthew from the receipt of custom
to be an Apostle and Evangelist ;"— Here, invoking God as “ Almighty,” we declare,— 1. That Matthew was called by Him from the receipt
of custom, i.e. from the place where custom or tribute was received. Matt. ix. 9; Luke, v. 27-29;
Mark, ii. 14. 2. That he was called by God's blessed Son, Jesus
Christ. See preceding texts. 3. That he was called to be an Apostle and an Evan
gelist. Mark, iii. 14–19; Luke, vi. 13-16; Acts,
i. 13. The Petition is (reaching to the end):
« Grant us grace to forsake all covetous desires, and inordinate love of riches, and to follow the same thy Son Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy
Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.” In this Petition are set forth the following: 1. That we ought also to follow God's Son, Jesus
Christ. Matt. xvi. 24; xix. 21 ; xi. 28–30; Luke, xiv. 33; xviii. 28–30, 35-43; John, xii. 26 ; 1 Pet. ii. 21 ; Rev. xiv. 4.
2. That to do this requires of us that we forsake,–
(a) All covetous desires. Luke, xii. 15–21;
Heb. xi. 24_46; Josh. vii. 20, 21; 1 Cor. vi.
10; Col. iii. 5; Prov. xxviii. 16. (6) All inordinate love of riches. 1 Tim. vi. 9,
10; Ps. lxii. 10; Matt. vi. 19; Luke, xviii.
18-30. 3. That to this end we need grace from God. John,
vi. 44; xv. 16; 1 Cor. i. 4-8; xv. 10; Phil. ii. 13;