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2. That of this building, the Church, Jesus Christ is,

however, the head corner-stone. Eph. ii. 20; Ps. cxviii. 22; Matt, xxi. 42; Acts, iv. 11; Rom. ix. 33 ;

1 Pet. ii. 4-8. 3. That this building is of God's erection, who has

Himself built it on this foundation. 1 Cor. üü. 9;

Ps. cxxvii. 1; cxviii. 23.
The Petition is (reaching to the end) :

“Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their doctrine, that we may be made an holy Temple, acceptable unto thee, through

Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” Herein it is declared or implied: 1. That Christians should be collectively, as well as

individually, an holy temple, acceptable unto God, through Christ. 1 Cor. iii. 16, 17; vi. 15-20; 2 Cor. vi. 14–18; vii. 1; 1 Pet. i. 16, 17; i. 9; Eph. i. 6;

Ps. xciii. 5. 2. That to be so they must be joined together in unity

of spirit. Phil. iii. 16; Eph. iv. 1-3; 1 Cor. i. 10; Jam. iii. 13-18; Rom. xvi. 17; John, xv. 17; xvii.

20, 21. 3. That this union must come through, or by, the doc

trine or teaching of those Apostles and Prophets, on whom, as a foundation, the Church is built. 1 Tim. vi, 3-5; 2 Thess. iii. 6, 14; Rom. xiv. 19; xv. 4; Phil. i. 27; Col. ii. 6-8; iii. 16.

For which union, therefore, we here offer a prayer.

Supplementary Questions.
On what foundation do we here state that the Church of

God is built ?
In what sense is this expression to be understood ?
But who is the head corner-stone of this building ?
Of what does the building itself consist ?
Who is the Builder of this Church ?

What should the collected body of Christians be made ?
If made so, what will they then be ?
What is necessary in order to this ?
How "joined together in unity of spirit ?”.
In what way must this desirable state of things be brought

about? What other arguments for unity besides the one intro

duced here do we find in the Scriptures ? (See John, xvii. 11, 21; Rom. xvi. 17, 18.)

No. LXXXV.

All Saiuts’ Day.

A PRAYER FOR GRACE TO LEAD VIRTUOUS AND GODLY

LIVES, AFTER THE EXAMPLE OF THE SAINTS.

The Invocation is :

“O Almighty God, who hast knit together thine elect in one communion and fellowship, in the mystical body of thy Son, Christ, our

Lord;”Here, in addition to the title “ Almighty,” it is stated of God, 1. That He has His elect people in the world. Luke,

xviii, 7; Matt. xxiv. 31; Isa. lxv. 9; Rom. viü, 33;

2 Tim. ii. 10; 1 Pet. i. 2; Rom. xi. 5–7; 1 Thess. i. 4. 2. That these His elect He has knit together in one

communion and fellowship; i.e. united them into one band or company. Rom. xii. 4, 5; 1 Cor. i. 9; x. 16, 17; xii. 13; Eph. ii. 16; 1 John, i. 3, 7.

3. That this He has done, in the mystical body of His

Son, who is Christ our Lord; i.e. the company of these elect forms that mystical body, the Church, of which Christ is the head. Eph. i. 22, 23; ii.

16–22; v. 30–32; Col. i. 18. The Petition, in consequence, is :

“ Grant us grace so to follow thy blessed Saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those unspeakable joys, which thou hast prepared for them that unfeignedly love

thee;"— Here the following points are involved: 1. That God has prepared certain unspeakable joys.

1 Cor. ii. 9; Ps. xvi. 11; Matt. xxv. 34. 2. That these He has prepared for those who love Him

unfeignedly. Rom. xii. 9; 1 John, iïi. 18; 1 Cor.

xvi. 22; Eph. vi. 24. 3. That if we would come to those joys we must follow

His blessed saints, who are partakers thereof.

Heb. vi. 11, 12; 1 Cor. xi. 1; 2 Pet. i. 10. 4. That the way in which we are to follow them is in

all virtuous and godly living. Heb. xiii. 7, 8; Phil. ii. 16-21; 2 Pet. iii. 11-14; Acts, ii, 42; Phil.

iv. 9; 1 Thess. i. 6-9. 5. That to do this we need the grace of God to help us.

2 Cor. viii. 1-5; John, xv. 5; Rom. ix. 16 ; xi, 5, 6.
Phil. iv. 13.
And so for that grace we here earnestly pray.

Heb. iv. 15, 16; Jam. i. 5; Luke, xi. 13.
The Conclusion is:

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

Supplementary Questions.
Of what class of persons does this Invocation speak ?
What is said respecting them ?

What is the meaning of “elect ?
How has God knit these elect together ?
What do we mean by “communion ?”
What do these elect of God thus knit together form ?
What is the meaning of “mystical ? ”
What has God prepared or made ready ?
Why “unspeakable” joys ?
For whom has God prepared these joys ?
What do we mean by “unfeignedly?”
Whom must we follow in order to come to these joys ?
How must we follow them ?
What do we require in order to this?
How are we to obtain it?

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