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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.
“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.
God is built ?
What should the collected body of Christians be made ?
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.)
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.
Heb. iv. 15, 16; Jam. i. 5; Luke, xi. 13.
“through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen." As before.
What is the meaning of “elect ?”